Obituary of John P. Grimaldi
Dr. John P. Grimaldi was a man of great faith and kindness. Known for his loud and happy laugh, John enjoyed life to the fullest and filled his time with family, faith, and knowledge. One of John's most significant parts of his life was his family, which began when he met Eileen Murphy. The pair's story began when John was completing his residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital on his way to becoming a urologist. While speaking to other staff at the coffee station, he asked if some of the nurses knew of anyone free for a New Year's Eve date. Fate would have it that Eileen Murphy would be free and looking for a date, and her fellow nurses would set the two up. The pair spent New Year's Eve at John's family's home. Within a year, John and Eileen would be engaged and soon married on June 17th. The couple would spend almost 60 wonderful years together as best friends. Within those 60 years, John and Eileen would be blessed with six children, fifteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. John enjoyed spending time with his family. Despite his busy schedule as a doctor, he always made it a point to be home for family dinner. Another essential part of John's life was his faith. A devout Catholic, John made sure to get involved in many religion-based activities. While in his undergrad at Canisius College, John was very active in the St. Vincent DePaul Society, which later became the Buffalo Professional Christian Community. In the early 1960s, John helped found the Parish Council at Queen of Heaven and the Sodality which eventually became president. He also belonged to a bishop’s committee that traveled around the Buffalo Catholic Diocese to teach about Vatican II; a counsel focused on addressing relationships between the Catholic Church and the modern world. John was very open-minded and was in tune with various race and interfaith issues. This awareness would also lead to John's involvement in organizations to fight against redlining in West Seneca to open up the housing market to everyone and participation in various interracial and interfaith groups. Additionally, for the last 20 years, he shared scripture study at Gowanda Correctional Facility and Richland Correctional Facility in Ridgeland South Carolina. John also had a variety of hobbies. He was known to be an avid reader, enjoying various topics, especially spiritual books. One of his faith groups had its own book club, which still meets today. The last book he was enjoying was John Lewis' "Crossing the River." He also shared this passion with Eileen. The pair would often read different books and share ideas when they finished. His love for reading came from his passion for learning. John never wanted to stop learning. His fantastic memory helped aid in his academic ventures, including topics from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Cosmic Christ. He often took classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes or OLLI programs during his snowbird months. John also learned about jazz and classical music at UB. John enjoyed jazz and liked to take Eileen to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Sundays. The two would sometimes even travel to Hilton Head Island to visit a small jazz club they enjoyed. When not furthering his well of knowledge, John loved to stay active with his favorite sport, tennis. Once a week since they began dating, John and Eileen would have "tennis dates." The two would play a very competitive game, sometimes jokingly comparing it to WWIII. While Eileen never won a set, it is a memory Eileen will cherish. They even were part owners of the Transit Road Tennis Club. John liked to live life in peace and all good. Whether that was furthering his faith and knowledge, spending time with his family, or enjoying his daily 3 PM vodka gimlet with Eileen, he was happy. He will be truly missed by all those who had the honor to know him Grimaldi M.D., John P. March 18, 2021 of West Seneca, NY. Beloved husband of Eileen F. Grimaldi (nee Murphy); loving father of Michael (Anne) Grimaldi, Dr. Thomas (Dr. Miriam) Grimaldi, Christopher Grimaldi, Maria Grimaldi, James Grimaldi, and Ann Grimaldi; caring grandfather of Brian Phillips Jr., Melissa Phillips, Dr. Eric Grimaldi, Kevin Grimaldi, Jocelyn Grimaldi, and Sarah, Jacob, Akiva, Hadassah, Tzipporah, Moshe, Itamar, Meirav, Emmunah, and Dov Grimaldi; doting great-grandfather of Layla Belle Starr; predeceased by loving siblings Rose (Joseph) Boniferro, Ida (James) Krause, Helena (Sol) Horowitz, Gennero (Gloria) Grimaldi, Frank (June) Grimaldi, and Adolpho (Terry) Grimaldi; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Thursday 4 – 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Rd. West Seneca, NY 14224. 716-674-5776. In keeping with the health and safety of friends and family, please wear a mask and maintain social distance. Capacity restrictions may cause delayed entry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday 10:15 AM at Queen of Heaven Church. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of the Night People or St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. Online condolences and donations can be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.