William J. "Big G" Grimone, 79, of 72 Erie Ave, Apt 106, St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, died at Christ the King Manor in DuBois on Monday Feb. 10, 2014.
He was born Jan. 4, 1935 in Emporium, a son of the late Leo and Ida Razey Grimone.
On April 7, 1956 in St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium he married Margaret Kinsler Grimone, who survives.
Mr. Grimone graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1954. He was well known to many simply as "Big G," a reference to his beloved Big G Department Store, founded by his father Leo Grimone and owned and operated by Bill and his wife Margaret from 1964 to its closing in 1996. Bill was happiest when he was with his beloved wife and family. He was a member of Queen of the World Church and had been a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium. He had served as the president of St. Mark Catholic Cemetery in Emporium for over 44 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Mary Theresa (Mrs. Jerry "Chub") Frank of Bear Lake, Scarlett (Mrs. David) Reigel of Emporium, Ann Margaret (Mrs. Christopher) Heglen of Emporium, Billie Jo (Mrs. Stephen) Stoltz of Kersey and Angela (Mrs. Michael) Erickson of DuBois;12 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren;
three brothers, Leo "JR" Grimone and his wife Elaine of Emporium, Michael Grimone and his wife Carol of Chautauqua, N.Y. and Sam Grimone and his wife Nancy of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; a sister Patricia (Mrs. David) Cobler of Essex Junction, Vt.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for William J. "Big G" Grimone at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday, Feb.12 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Visitation with video tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.
Memorials may be made to Christ the King Manor, Memory, Support Unit, 1100 W Long Ave, DuBois, Pa. 15801
Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net.