Death of Jack Grimes mourned
The North West was saddened to learn of the death of one of Ballyshannon's most loved businessmen - Jack Grimes, 67, of the Mall.
Jack died on Christmas Day having borne his illness with typical class and bravery.
The Grimes name has been synonymous with trade in the Erne Town for close on a century and Jack and the Grimes family carried on that proud tradition of the Grimes' Bakery business at the ‘back Mall' while the family run cake shop at Main Street and, in more recent years, at the Kitchen Bake premises in Rossnowlagh, Bundoran and Ballyshannon were hugely popular and successful enterprises.
A fine footballer in his day, he loved Gaelic games and was generous to a fault with sponsorship to all local clubs. He loved all sports, a game of cards, the horses, and took a keen interest in everything Irish, on the sporting fields and otherwise.
Jack was a superb human being. He was a loving husband and father. He had a twinkle in his eye and a disarming smile.
People loved to be around Jack Grimes. He was a man who could give you a song in perfect key or a story to gladden your heart, at the drop of a hat
As a boss he had few equals; he was decent, hard working, brave and energetic.
Those who knew him will know today that another one of Ballyshannon's finest sons has gone to his Eternal Reward.
To say he will be missed is to say it has been cold this December. Jack touched the lives of thousands of people. All of them will regret his passing.
The Grimes family home on The Mall hasn't ‘cooled' since news of Jack's passing and his funeral mass yesterday, where his first cousin Fr Gerard Daly was the chief celebrant, was testimony to the huge esteem in which Jack and the Grimes family are held.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Nora, daughters Sinead, Norita, John and Patrick, to his sisters Mary, Esther and Bernie and to the very large family connection, relatives and friends.