McGrinder, Patrick “Pat”

After courageously persevering through many physical challenges, Pat has finally been given the freedom to walk a painless path.

Remembered always by his most loving family, wife Patricia, his children, Patrick “Morris” (Patti), Monica (Silvano Del Cul), Steven, Melissa (George Frengos), Mark (Jessica Greenberg), Marcy (Doug McAulay) and grandchildren, Nathan, Megan, Nicole, Joel, Jacob, Hanalei, Mia and Lulu.  Also remembered by his brother Jack (Anne) and sisters Kathleen and Colleen and sister in law Iris Brunning.  He was predeceased by his parents Patrick Joseph and Anne McGrinder and brothers in law Del d’Entremont, Vincent Brunning, Rev. Vern Brunning, CR, and Larry Brunning.  Pat spent 10 years of his life as a Police Officer in Hamilton and later moved to Waterloo to open the third Tim Hortons franchise in Canada in 1967.  His passion for hockey was instrumental in changing the colours of Waterloo Minor Hockey to what they are today.  In addition to sports, Pat had a great love for gardening and animals.  Pat was an early contributor to the grassroots of what is now known as the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation.  He was a long time member of the Waterloo Club, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #530 and the Hamilton Police Retirees’ Association.

Friends are invited to share their memories of Pat with his family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Parish Prayers will be held at 7:00 pm.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Louis RC Church, 53 Allen Street East, Waterloo on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Christopher Buda, CR as Celebrant.  A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.  Cremation and a private family interment will take place at a later date.

The family extends special thanks to all Nurses, Doctors and Staff at I.C.U. – KW Hospital for their relentless pursuit of Pat’s well-being.

Condolences for the family and donations to the I.C.U. of Grand River Hospital or the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation may be arranged through the funeral home at or 519.745.8445.

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