John Grimes

John J. Grimes

Friday, March 14th, 1941 - Friday, May 17th, 2019
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John J. Grimes, 78, of Weaverville, N.C., formerly of Newington and West Hartford, CT, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 with his loving wife of 32 years Carol Kinney Grimes by his side.

The son of the late Joseph M. Grimes and Ellen Manikas Grimes, he was born in New York City, and attended Cardinal Hayes High School and DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp. In 1968, John was sworn in as a member of the West Hartford Police Department, where he rose through the ranks, retiring as Captain of the Patrol Division in 1995. He set an example for his children, attending college while working full time. He earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven in 1977 and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1985.

John and Carol retired to the Ox Creek Community of Weaverville, N. C. in 1996. There, John was an active member of the community and an ardent supporter of the Weaverville Public Library. He also continued to pursue his computer science hobby post-retirement with his JJG Computer Consulting business
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Kathleen Coppinger Grimes, who was the loving mother of his three children. In addition to his wife, Carol; John is survived by his daughter Karen Cortés and her husband Richard Cortés of Simsbury; his son Christopher Grimes and his wife Jennie Grimes of Leesburg,VA, and his son Kevin Grimes, of Candler, NC, whose support during the time of John’s passing cannot be measured. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Teresa Cortés of Worcester, MA, and Cecilia and Thomas Cortés of Simsbury; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Judith Grimes of Asheville, NC; his sister Jane Kelly of Monroe, WA.; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5-7 pm. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:00 am at the funeral home, followed by interment in West Meadow Cemetery, 679 Willard Ave., Newington. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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  • Service

    Friday, May 24th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, May 24th, 2019 10:00am
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
  • Interment

    West Meadow Cemetery
    Williard Avenue
    NEWINGTON, CT 06111
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Carol Stanulis Nelson

Posted at 09:22pm
I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a loving and caring first cousin and a big brother to me for many years. I can never his great sense of humor and all the fun we had. I am in Chicago for the next four months and cannot make the services. My heart and prayers are with the family. He was truly special.
Carol Stanulis Nelson

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