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William H. Grimditch Jr.

January 9, 2014
Lake Placid News

William H. Grimditch Jr., 91, passed away peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Born on April 11, 1922, to Dr. William H. Grimditch and Anne Boyd McDowell in Philadelphia, Mr. Grimditch attended Germantown Friends School and the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his MBA from Harvard University and his LLB from Temple University.

Mr. Grimditch enjoyed athletics throughout his life. As a teenager he raced 16-foot Comet sailboats on the Delaware River. He played varsity soccer at Penn but he excelled at figure skating. As a member of The Philadelphia Skating Club, he trained under internationally famous figure skating coach, Gustave F. Lussi.

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Bill Grimditch was a National Novice and Junior Champion and Silver Medalist in the Senior Men's Singles. Mr. Grimditch was the first figure skater in competition to perform a double loop, a double flip and the jump sit spin. In 1943, Mr. Grimditch won the Senior Men's North American Championship.

Mr. Grimditch joined the Army in 1943. He attended Officer Candidate School and later was accepted to the School of Military Government at the University of Virginia where he finished at the top of his class. Mr. Grimditch served in Japan and Korea and while under special assignment to General Lurch his efforts were awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

After the war, Mr. Grimditch married Carolyn Welch (a Bronze Medalist in National Pairs figure skating), practiced law in Philadelphia and in 1954 moved to South Florida.

Mr. Grimditch served as a judge of the Municipal Court of Deerfield Beach and was the first City attorney. Later he formed the law firm Grimditch, Bentz, Witte, & Wunker in Pompano Beach.

In 1960, Mr. Grimditch received a federal charter for a savings and loan, Southern Federal, and ultimately became the President and Chairman of the Board.

In 1963, Mr. Grimditch and his wife formed the Skating Club of Florida, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, making it the oldest active United States Figure Skating club in Florida.

Mr. Grimditch served as Chairman of Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for 18 years.

Working closely with the founder of the school, Mae McMillan and her family, Mr. Grimditch was responsible for profound changes in the Board participation and policy contributing to the success of the Prep School. He considered his time on the board to be one of his most cherished achievements.

Mr. Grimditch held numerous memberships and offices including the Bar Associations in Philadelphia, Florida, and Broward. He was a past President of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and a Vice President of the Lake Placid Club in Lake Placid. He was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the Harvard Club of Broward County, and the Pompano Beach Rotary Club. Mr. Grimditch served as Vice Chairman of the North Broward Hospital District Board during the expansion of the Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Hospital, and the Imperial Point Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Grimditch purchased property in Lake Placid in 1952 and this home served as a family vacation home for many summers and winters of skating, skiing, hiking and water skiing.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mrs. Carolyn (Welch) Grimditch Jr.; sons: Mr. William H. Grimditch III of Boulder, Colo., and Mr. Wayne H. Grimditch of Jupiter, Fla.; daughters: Ms. Gloria Grimditch of Prescott, Ariz. and Mrs. Lynn (Grimditch) Roda, of Manchester, Vt. Mr. Grimditch leaves five grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

William Grimditch Jr. will be entombed at East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, Calif. At his request, no funeral or memorial service will he held.

 
 

 

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