Louis Dominic Grignaffini, of Wellesley, died Oct. 23, 2013 after a battle with aggressive prostate cancer.
Born in Boston March 6, 1943, Lou was raised by Louis A. Grignaffini and Margaret Pini Grignaffini.
Upon graduation of Wellesley High School 1961, Lou and his brother C. Joseph joined their father in his home construction company, thus creating L.Grignaffini and Son’s Construction, where they built many homes and commercial buildings in Wellesley and surrounding communities. Lou was not only a trusted contractor but a loyal tradesman who established long lasting business relationships and friendships. Beyond that Lou was a nurturing influence to youth and young business owners participating in guidance and assistance in anyway needed. He was also president of the Wellesley High School Math Club and an active member of the Gridiron Club during his sons’ athletic careers.
Lou was a cornerstone of the Wellesley Community Center. He was instrumental in realizing the Wellesley Jaycee’s vision of a social services campus, using private funds to develop the property at 219 Washington St., one of the most active civic organizations in the town. As a long term member of the board of directors he played a vital role in supporting this self-sustaining, non-profit institution since 1977. Without his energy, commitment and expertise, The Wellesley Community Center might not have ever existed.
Lou was married to his high school sweetheart Pamela McNeil for 48 years. He was able to provide an opportunity for his family to travel to many destinations including family trips to Mexico, Aruba and across the United States. He supported his wife and children in many volunteer projects including mission trips to Honduras through Heifer International. Pam and Lou became world travelers from Europe to Asia, Africa, South and Central America and back.
Lou is survived by his wife Pam; his daughter’s Jill Grignaffini and DeeDee Winterson; his sons Michael Grignaffini and Louis Grignaffini; his eight grandchildren Michael Winterson, Louis Grignaffini, AJ Grignaffini, Jacqui Winterson, Ryan Winterson, Lucy Grignaffini, Jordan Grignaffini and Luke Grignaffini; his siblings Ann Marchetti and C. Joseph Grignaffini; his daughters-in-law Teresa Grignaffini and Michelle Grignaffini; his son-in-law Jack Winterson; and his many nieces, nephews, cousins and God children.
Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St., Wellesley, Monday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Paul Church, Wellesley, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours in the funeral home, Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to honor his legacy to the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St .Wellesley, MA 02481 or to Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Paul Mathew’s Prostate Cancer Research, 800 Washington Street, Box 231, Boston, MA 02111.
A scholarship fund will be set up by the Grignaffini family through Wellesley High School.