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Claire Grindel

Claire Leighton Grindel (Rand)

Thursday, November 5th, 1931 - Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
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Claire Leighton Rand Grindel
Nov. 1931 to May 2020
She was a wild, wonderful, wacky woman. A mom, wife, friend, lover, artist and poet. She did a remarkable job with a large bunch of people under her wing-all have flown okay on their own-no better tribute than that. She was proud of her children: Bruce, David, Brenda, Scott, Valerie, Frank, Joseph. Also James, Malcolm and Richard. Grandchildren: John, Melissa, Lisa, Kate, Jazz and Alexander and of course great grandchildren: Tori, Madeline and Taylor.
She was predeceased by her parents, Earl and Vesta Rand, beloved husband, Hugh Malcolm Grindel and son, Bruce.
Claire had special friends-you know who you are but I must mention her niece Judy who held a special place in her heart.
Claire attended school in Monroe, Maine, then on to Boston to study legal and medical secretarial skills. She was the clerk of courts in Bar Harbor for the State of Maine for 18 plus years, then a master medical transcriptionist at EMMC. When she retired from EMMC she returned to college and earned Bachelors in Art and Art History.
She was described as having a wondrous spirit, she attended MANY Episcopal Churches in Maine, (mostly Bar Harbor, Belfast and Brewer). In addition, she enjoyed bible study and discussion with the Episcopal Dioceses Curcio’s. Claire was a member of Eastern Star and Daughters of the King. She ran with the Red Hat Ladies group, “Airline Queens” and attended Pow Wows to participate in drumming.
When we were small, she directed us in acting out 3 Billy Goats Gruff and 3 Little Pigs at 3 Albert Meadows in Bar Harbor. How lucky we were! She taught us to find sea glass, seashells and sand dollars. We hiked Acadia, walked the Carriage Roads and the Shore Path. She had a happy marriage to Hugh and they were often seen holding hands while walking to McCleod’s/Careys or Westend Drug for coffee. Later it was the Drydock in Winterport and Amherst General Store
Even when the dementia stole her independence, she maintained her smile, her wit and her love of music. She could be seen dancing at Sonogee and Armando’s well into her 80’s. Thank you to staff at both Sonogee and Armando’s.
A special thank you to CHCS Hospice nurses Annabelle, Gail and Kristie and to Dr. Atkins, and MOST especially to health aid Angie who loved her too.
If possible, please join us in celebrating Claire on June 29, 2020 at 11 am, at Pilgrims Cemetery in Monroe, Maine. If you are not able to attend please think of her and spend time with loved ones-“if you spot some hollow ancient eye don’t just stop and stare, say hello in there, hello” (lyrics John Prine)
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    Pilgrims Home Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Rev. John Nieman
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    Monday, June 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, June 29th, 2020 2:00pm
    Pilgrims Home Cemetery
    Haley Road
    Monroe, Maine
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Boyd Z Palmer

Posted at 11:54am
I was a volunteer at Sonogee and I remember Claire with delight. We greeted each other with "Greetings and Hallucinations" and she would giggle always. I looked forward to our encounters and was never disappointed. She was just a lot of fun.
Boyd Z Palmer

Val Frost

Posted at 08:24pm
My Brother David shared a memory he had growing up in Bar harbor that when the youngest of us kids -he being the oldest of course - went to bed mom would send him down ( I forget the name of the place) to get fried clams and they would enjoy them without us- of course who the heck could afford to buy fried clams for six kids?

Helen Douglas

Posted at 01:54pm
I saw this photo in the obituaries and had to read it because I loved that face. I was so surprised to see it was Claire. Valarie, Frank?...hey, she was a great woman and she impressed me. I saw her art at Sonogee and it was top of the heap. She had a great life and didn't waste a minute of it. Helen Douglas

Val Frost Posted at 08:22pm

Thank you so much Helen, that means a lot to me. Valerie

nancy w spooner

Posted at 11:09am
Our sympathy to Clair's family. We only knew her in the last few years of her life when she was still living at her home. We had a good time, and enjoyed the shared adventures with her.
Nancy Spooner and Jane Balaam

Val Frost Posted at 08:20pm

Thank you Helen, that means a lot to me. Valerie

Val Frost Posted at 08:26pm

Thank you Nancy and Jane had a wonderful time with you all

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