Remembering David Grimner
David Grimner, 51, of Merick, New York, perished in the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001. He graduated from Pace University in 1985. He was a husband to Judy, father to three sons, Brian, Michael and David Jr., and a friend to many.
Diamonds Just For Her
David Grimner was always quick to get a laugh, or at least try. "You could be in any mood whatsoever, and he'd just tell a joke and you'd be automatically better," said his son David Patrick Grimner, 17. "Sometimes it wouldn't even be funny, but you'd laugh just because of the way he laughed at it."
Mr. Grimner, 51 and a vice president at Marsh & McLennan, had studied to be a priest and remained religious throughout his life. A member of his parish's council and a eucharistic minister, he never missed a Sunday Mass at CurÃ© of Ars Church in Merrick, N.Y.
He knew it was hard on his wife, Judith Ann, when she returned to graduate school in 1998 to earn a master's degree in education. "You've got to stop putting this much pressure on yourself," he said. She responded, "But you always told me to do my best."
In May 2000, after Mrs. Grimner graduated, her husband took her out for a candlelight dinner and gave her a gift. "He had been saving for these brand-new golf clubs that he really wanted," she said. "Instead of buying them, he bought me a diamond bracelet."
Marsh & McLeannan Tribute
Even though I personally never had the opportunity to meet David Grimner or any of his family, it has been an honor to get to know him. I will never forget. To his wife, sons and family, each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dale, thank you for giving me/us an opportunity to show the world, WE WILL NEVER FORGET. Those lives lost that day are more than just a number or statistic, they were human beings who left behind families, loved ones and friends.