Patrick Grimes

Patrick H. Grimes

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Patrick Henry Grimes, 88, of Yonkers, NY and Tunis Lake, NY, passed away on March 23 after a rich life that was ended by Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in New York City on July 4, 1931 to Irish-born parents Patrick and Beatrice (Cassidy) Grimes, he proudly celebrated his patriotic name and birth date.

Blessed with a lifelong love of learning, he attended Manhattan Preparatory School and Manhattan College, and later did post-graduate work at NYU and William & Mary. Upon his retirement, he studied at SUNY Binghamton and Hartwick College.

After his service in the U.S. Army, he devoted his career to the Grimes family business, which included The Irish Echo Newspaper and Grimes Travel Agency which he ran until his retirement in 1993. In this capacity, he welcomed many Irish immigrants to the U.S. and enabled many travelers to experience the world.

He was a competitive multi-sport athlete with football as his passion. He founded, coached and played on a semi-professional football team, Greystone, out of historic Van Cortlandt Park.

Pat married his sweetheart Arlayne Both on October 27, 1956. Together, they raised a large and loving clan who will carry forward his memory with love of God, country and family.

He was president of The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County and involved in many Irish organizations including the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He presided as Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Yonkers in 1986, and the Putnam County parade in Mahopac the following year. He was President of the Irish Travel Agents Association.

Pat held leadership positions with The Kiwanis Club, serving as President of the White Plains Club and District Chairman for Public & Business Affairs for their Northern Westchester Division. To instill a service commitment among teens, he founded The Key Club at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.

He was an avid outdoorsman who spent many hours trout fishing and hiking from his home base in The Catskills, where he helped establish the Bob Dwyer Fishing Club. He was President of the Daniel Grey Fishing Club in Armonk NY. He loved our National Parks, and relished his summer wilderness trips in Montana for nearly 30 years. He also enjoyed archaeological digs in Wyoming. Later in life, he served as the Delaware County Historian in NY, sharing his enthusiasm for history with many. He also wrote essays on the great outdoors for various publications.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Arlayne (nee Both). He was preceded in death by their daughters Mary Theresa and Theresa Ann. His legacy will live on through their four living children: Suzanne, with her husband David Jeffries, and grandchildren John and Matthew; Patrick J., with his wife Stephanie (Flanagan) and grandchildren Catherine, Caroline, Patrick A., and Liam; Kathleen with grandchild Lillian; Kevin with his wife Yvonne (Gauci) and grandchildren, Brian and his wife Sarah (Gervasi), Elizabeth, Emily, Meghan, and Dwyer. A celebration of his life will be announced at a future date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Arrangements have been made with the:
Flynn Memorial Home, Inc.
1652 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers NY 10710
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Private Condolence

Msgr. Francis Bellew

Posted at 08:56pm
The first trip I took to Ireland in 1957 I booked through Mr. Grimes at Grimes Travel Agency. I think the office was in the Columbus Circle area, but I am not certain. I had Patrick Jr. in class at Stepinac. My condolences and prayers are with all the members of the Grimes family. May he rest in peace for a good life lived well.

Joseph Librizzi

Posted at 11:22am
To the Grimes family,
I’m thinking of you all at this time. I’m sorry to hear of Pat’s passing.

Pat was such a kind man, and your whole family, we were truly fortunate growing up together. His love of fishing, and being out in nature, sharing that, he passed it all on to us. He was among the handful of fathers in the old neighborhood, at Daniel Grey Fishing Club, up at Jack and Martha's farm in Margretesville. He was one of the first people who made me aware of nature. I remember he took Kevin and me on a long hike over a mountain in the Catskills in late spring, first time I ever did that; as we were always on the boat the inland forest was new. Was the first time I saw the large ferns that grow up there, and smelled their unusual sweet scent along with the smell of the deep woods unique to the Catskills. Opened up a way our family hadn't explored. Am remembering now the fondness and reverence Pat conveyed when showing a few of of his copy of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in the den one day, the one bound in woven leaves of grass. I be picking that book up soon. Moments of light, dawning, becoming aware, I distinctly remember some of those moments with him, how he reached out and got through. That’s what Pat shared with me and I know for many of us. Am feeling gratitude for knowing him and all of you.

Vincent Giandurco

Posted at 08:16pm
Dear Grimes family:

Your father was a wonderful person, with wit and knowledge in equal abundance. The hours spent with him will remain in my memory forever. More importantly, he was a wonderful husband and father, and we know how much he is missed and bereaved. Our prayers are with your family at this difficult time. I pray he is with the Lord, and that you all find the peace of Christ and the hope of eternal life comforting. Know that we are with you and are praying for your Dad right now. With love, the Giandurco's. +RIP

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