Wayne Grindle, 82, of East Haven passed away on July 26, at Apple Rehab in East Haven. He was born Feb. 8, 1939, in Castine, Maine to Arlington and Elva (Leach) Grindle.
Wayne is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Anita (Chirco) Grindle, and three children, Wayne R. Grindle, Jr., of East Haven, Carla A. Coppola (Louis) of Cheshire, and David J. Grindle (Sharon) of Wallingford, along with four grandchildren he adored, Violet Grindle, Janine Coppola, Nicholas Grindle, and Kaitlyn Grindle. He is also survived by two siblings, Carol Gilbert of Northfield, Maine and Russell Field, Jr. (Sharyn) of Orland, Maine. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lucy Field.
Wayne graduated from Bucksport High School in Maine, and then later graduated from Yale University’s Institute of Far Eastern Languages, where he learned to speak Chinese for the U.S. Air Force, and finally finished his education with an accounting degree from Quinnipiac College. He was from 1956 to 1957 part of the Air National Guard and from 1957 to 1960 the U.S. Air Force, where he served a tour in Taiwan.
After serving his country, he was employed by the New Haven Gas Company Business Office, the City of West Haven Comptroller’s Office, and the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Corrections. He was a former grand knight and treasurer of the Knights of Columbus in East Haven and an usher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Wayne loved to read and play cards, but he cherished the time with his wife and family above all.
Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, at the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home, 43 Kirkham Avenue, East Haven. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 30, in St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul with committal and full military honors to follow at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.