Norman Grimshaw

Norman Charles Grimshaw of Glenview, IL, died peacefully on January 21, 2022.  He was 86 years old. His wife of 62 years, Maryellen Shepler Grimshaw, preceded him in death in July of 2021. He is survived by his four children: David, Suellen, James, and Sally, their spouses, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Norm lived an amazingly full life; he was devoted to his family and friends, and service was his love language. In his workshop, Norm had this quote from George Bernard Shaw, and it makes a perfect epitaph in his honor, for it is exactly how he lived.

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

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