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Richard Grymonpre, 83, passed away peacefully in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, October 8, 2010. He was born May 7, 1927 in Winnipeg, Canada, to Jean and Suzanne Grymonpre.
Richard is survived by Susan, his wife of 39 years; his son, David and daughter-in-law Annette; his daughter Andrea; and his son, Kris.
He earned a B.A. Honors in French and Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Later, he earned a B.Ed., a Bachelor’s in Pedagogy, and an M.A. in French. Finally, he earned an L.R.S.M. in performance, and an L.R.S.M. in teaching, from the Royal School of Music in London.
A professional violist and violinist, Richard played in symphony orchestras in Winnipeg, Denver, Houston, St. Catharine’s (Canada), Hamilton (Canada), and finally Indianapolis, where he retired. Richard conducted the St. Catharine’s Youth Orchestra and the Niagara (New York) Community College Orchestra. He loved performing and always felt fortunate to work in a field he enjoyed.
At home, he enjoyed gardening, teaching his children how to grow flowers and vegetables in the family’s big backyard. A fond memory we have of our Dad is planting a special tree in our yard for each of us.
A memorial service will be at the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, Saturday, October 16 starting at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.


Salem Lutheran Church, ELCA Indianapolis