Ronald Grieci, 91 years old of Waltham Massachusetts passed away peacefully in his yard under the very large maple tree which he himself planted 57 years ago. Ron was born on October 3rd, 1932, and was the beloved husband of the late Esther Angelini Grieci, who passed away in 2016. He was the son of the late John F. Grieci aka ‘Johnny Green’ who owned and operated Central Taxi, and Cecile Moreau Grieci, both of Leominster. Also survived by his sisters, Elaine Verdi, and Mary Jane McMilleon, the late Barbara Johnson, and his late brother David Grieci.
Ron and Esther were loving and devoted parents of Deborah Grieci Ogden, and her late husband, Richard Ogden; John Grieci and his wife, Wendy; Anne Hatch and her husband, David; and Tricia Mahoney and her husband, James. Loving grandfather to Christopher, Erynn, Jamie, Andrew, Joshua, James, Emily, and Matthew as well as two great grandchildren Lorenzo Pimentel and Fiona Hatch.
Ron was born and raised in the French Hill section of Leominster, MA. He was the captain of the Leominster High football team and was known as “hard charging Ron Grieci”. He also played for the semi-pro team the Leominster Lions. After his football career, he served two years in the US Army as a Corporal, where he was stationed at the Pentagon. After leaving the Army post-war, he worked as a Machine Accountant at Raytheon for 38 years before his retirement.
Ron loved working in his yard, playing gin rummy, dining at The Chateau Restaurant, and working endlessly on jigsaw puzzles. He also enjoyed vacationing with Esther and the extended family at the The Beachmere Inn (room 12) overlooking the ocean, in Ogunquit Maine for many years.
Family and friends will honor and remember Ron's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, November 12th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary’s Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Leo's Cemetery in Leominster.