Paul Grimes

A. Paul Grimes, 62, of Elmwood Park, formerly of Oak Park, died on Feb. 21, 2021. Born on May 18, 1958, he was a third generation Oak Parker who began grammar school at Lincoln, and finished at Beye when the Grimes family moved from south Oak Park to north Oak Park. He graduated Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1976 and received an associate degree from Triton College in Computer Technologies. His 40-year-plus career began at Chicago Bridge and Iron and ended at Echo Logistics. His love and devotion to family and friends were more important to him than anything else. He had an easy laugh — the sillier the joke, the better. Losing him will be profoundly felt when our families gathers to share stories or play cards.

Paul was the husband of Polly; the father of Meghan (fiancé Steve Butt) and Benjamin (Katie Myers) Grimes; the son of Tollie and the late Art Grimes, and son-in-law of Carol and the late Joseph Paulus; the brother of Mary (Ken) Gehrling, Michael, Kathy (Patrick) Culkeen, and Bill (Colleen) Grimes and the brother-in-law of Tracy, Wendy (Jim) Fredrickson, and Ike (Judy) Paulus; and the godfather, uncle, cousin and friend of many. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital ( are appreciated. 

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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