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Otis John Grenier, 85

Northborough – Otis John Grenier, age 85, passed away peacefully at home Friday May 13, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn M. (Bracci) Grenier.

He also leaves two sons, John G. Grenier and wife Suzanne of Jamaica Plain and Christopher A. Grenier and wife Marlene of Florida; three daughters, Dreanne M. Grenier and husband David Massie of Texas, Deirdre L. Grenier and husband Tom Berardi of Northborough, and Renee Gersh and husband Stephen of Northborough; and five grandchildren, Walker Massie, John Grenier, Aaron Gersh, Samuel Gersh and Michelle Grenier; and his beloved cat, Sunny. He was predeceased by two sisters, Gloria Nowacki and Shirley Zawistowski.

Born and raised in Worcester, the son of Otis M. and Wilhelmina (Brodeur) Grenier, he was a graduate of Commerce High School and had lived in Northborough since 1957.

Mr. Grenier worked at the former Machinery Electrification in Northborough for over 20 years. He then worked for the Entwistle Company in Hudson for many years as a supervisor, retiring in 1988.

It was during his time of employment that Mr. Grenier became an accomplished machinist. He bought and restored a 30-foot, wooden Hinckley sailboat and, as a result, was an avid sailor and enjoyed sailing around Cape Cod and the islands.

He took pride in his handiwork and could do just about anything with sheet metal or wood. One year, he built an early version of a pop-up camper and he took the family on numerous camping trips. When grandchildren were born in the neighborhood, he became the “Mister Fix-it” of broken toys and bikes. He could rebuild an antique clock or build a deck on the back of his house. His workshop was immaculate and every tool had a place and a purpose. He loved working on his Cadillac cars and he could take a dent out of a fender and give it a paint job as good as the factory.

Mr. and Mrs. Grenier became “winter Texans,” and he enjoyed spending many winters in Texas. He was a good husband, a loving father, and cherished the many friends he made during his later years in Northborough.

Funeral services and burial were held May 18, with Hays Funeral Home of Northborough assisting with arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online condolences, please visit www.haysfuneralhome.com.

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