In memory of
Lee Ralph Grumbach
In memory of
Lee Ralph Grumbach
Lee Ralph Grumbach, 92 World traveler, proud grandfather Lee Ralph Grumbach, longtime resident of Staten Island, New York, died February 14, 2021 at the age of 92. Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York in August 1928, to Adele and Mannie Grumbach. He graduated from Fort Hamilton High School and attended City College of New York. Grumbach married Gloria Dulchin in 1953, and they resided in Brooklyn before moving to Staten Island in 1970. As a young man, Lee served in the Brooklyn National Guard prior to joining his father in business. Lee traveled worldwide working for, and eventually taking over, "Mannie Grumbach & Company," purchasing and selling silk fabrics. Later in life, he pursued a second career as a realtor. Lee was a past Master of Carpenter Emanuel Masonic Lodge No. 588 in Manhattan. No matter where he was, nobody was a stranger to Lee Grumbach. From waiters at a Bay Ridge restaurant to clients in Germany, he made lifelong friends and shared with them his joy of life. Lee was full of adventure. His travels took him on backpacking trips around the world, including horseback riding in Alaska and skiing in the Swiss Alps. For his 90th birthday, he got back on a horse for the first time in decades. A winner of a gold medal for swimming in the Staten Island Senior Olympics, he emerged from the pool not out of breath, but with the biggest smile on his face. With a remarkable ability to keep up with both technology and current events, Lee's final year was spent video chatting with his family, debating the latest developments and looking forward to the end of the pandemic. More than anything, "Papa" and "Grandpa," as he was known, was an incredibly proud grandfather to his four grandchildren. In his later years, there was nothing Lee enjoyed more than witnessing and hearing about his grandchildren's successes, whether it was on the field, in the classroom, or on the screen. Other than latkes, that is. The man loved latkes. He was preceded in death by Gloria Grumbach, his wife of 61 years. Lee is survived by his son Steve Grumbach and his wife Sage of Readington, NJ, his daughter Alyson Sappington and her husband Larry, of Barboursville, VA and grandchildren Ryan (Megan), Kelby, Gary and Cole, as well as a great grand-baby due to enter this world in May. The family would like to thank The Brielle at Seaview community for their above and beyond care of a man who was himself, above and beyond. A memorial service and a celebration of a life well lived will be held for Lee this summer. Donations in Lee's name may be made to: The SI Recreation Association www.hooph.org (for equine activities for children with disabilities) or The Staten Island JCC sijcc.org
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In memory of
Lee Ralph Grumbach
Lee Ralph Grumbach, 92 World traveler, proud grandfather Lee Ralph Grumbach, longtime resident of Staten Island, New York, died February 14, 2021 at the age of 92. Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York in August 1928, to Adele and Mannie Grumbach. He graduated from Fort Hamilton High School and attended City College of New York. Grumbach married Gloria Dulchin in 1953, and they resided in Brooklyn before moving to Staten Island in 1970. As a young man, Lee served in the Brooklyn National Guard prior to joining his father in business. Lee traveled worldwide working for, and eventually taking over, "Mannie Grumbach & Company," purchasing and selling silk fabrics. Later in life, he pursued a second career as a realtor. Lee was a past Master of Carpenter Emanuel Masonic Lodge No. 588 in Manhattan. No matter where he was, nobody was a stranger to Lee Grumbach. From waiters at a Bay Ridge restaurant to clients in Germany, he made lifelong friends and shared with them his joy of life. Lee was full of adventure. His travels took him on backpacking trips around the world, including horseback riding in Alaska and skiing in the Swiss Alps. For his 90th birthday, he got back on a horse for the first time in decades. A winner of a gold medal for swimming in the Staten Island Senior Olympics, he emerged from the pool not out of breath, but with the biggest smile on his face. With a remarkable ability to keep up with both technology and current events, Lee's final year was spent video chatting with his family, debating the latest developments and looking forward to the end of the pandemic. More than anything, "Papa" and "Grandpa," as he was known, was an incredibly proud grandfather to his four grandchildren. In his later years, there was nothing Lee enjoyed more than witnessing and hearing about his grandchildren's successes, whether it was on the field, in the classroom, or on the screen. Other than latkes, that is. The man loved latkes. He was preceded in death by Gloria Grumbach, his wife of 61 years. Lee is survived by his son Steve Grumbach and his wife Sage of Readington, NJ, his daughter Alyson Sappington and her husband Larry, of Barboursville, VA and grandchildren Ryan (Megan), Kelby, Gary and Cole, as well as a great grand-baby due to enter this world in May. The family would like to thank The Brielle at Seaview community for their above and beyond care of a man who was himself, above and beyond. A memorial service and a celebration of a life well lived will be held for Lee this summer. Donations in Lee's name may be made to: The SI Recreation Association www.hooph.org (for equine activities for children with disabilities) or The Staten Island JCC sijcc.org
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