QUECHEE — A Funeral Mass was held on Jan. 27 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock for Emile William Grondin who died Jan. 23, 2018.
Emile was born on June 29, 1935 in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, son of Emile Wilfred and Lena (Houghton) Grondin.
A graduate of St. John’s Prep and American International College, Emile owned various businesses in Connecticut and Vermont, most recently a real estate development company in Quechee. Emile was a member of the Windsor County Board of Realtors, and was also elected to the office of town lister in Hartford.
Emile loved to garden, and had an affinity for growing tomatoes each spring and summer. He greatly enjoyed sitting with Ruth in their sunroom overlooking the grand western view of the Ottaquechee River valley while reading a good book. An only child, Emile took great pleasure being at home surrounded by any number of his and Ruth’s nine children and fifteen grandchildren, all of whom benefited from his often humorous and always insightful counsel. “Off like a herd of turtles” remains firmly implanted in the family lexicon.
Emile is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth Molinski Grondin, of Quechee; nine children: Emile Grondin, Marathon Key, Florida; William Grondin, South Windsor, Connecticut; Mary Grondin and her husband Chris Mayer, Hartland; Ann Asselin and her husband James, Springfield, Massachusetts; David Grondin and Debi DePasquale, Auburn, Massachusetts; Monique Grondin and her husband Frederick Thompson, Tacoma, Washington; Richard Grondin and his wife Laura, West Hartford, Connecticut; John Grondin, Marathon Key, Florida; Anthony Grondin and his wife Caroline, San Diego, California; 15 grandchildren; first cousin GlenAnn Knapp, her children Louis, Meg, Sarah and Glenn (deceased); and nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to The Hartford Emergency Medical Technicians Scholarship Fund.
The Grondin family would like to express a special thanks to the Hartford Emergency Medical Technicians for their professionalism and caring manner over the past two years when Emile was convalescing at home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. An online guest book can be found at cabotfh.com
This obituary will also appear in the February 1, 2018 edition of the Vermont Standard.
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