In Loving Memory of Newell Hardy Grace, Jr.
February 12, 1932
February 24, 2019
Spear-Miller Funeral Home
39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church
1045 Old Academy Road,
Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:00 a.m.
Parish Court; Church Housing for Fairfield, Inc.
175 Warde Terrace,
Newell Hardy Grace, Jr. (Jerry)
Newell Hardy Grace, Jr., “Jerry,” 87, passed away in Naples, Florida, on February 24, 2019. Jerry was one of a kind, had a great sense of humor, and loved life. He especially loved Claire, his wife of 61 years, his family, his dogs, and his many friends. Jerry was born on February 12, 1932, in Mineola, New York, along with his twin brother, James Newell Grace II, to mother Grace Lein Grace, and father Newell Hardy Grace. Jerry attended the Stanton Military Academy in Virginia, and enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War, where he served for four years. Three of those years were aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia, where he was a Landing Signal Officer. After his Naval service, Jerry graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and met his wife, Claire Jane Davis of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. They married on September 21, 1957. Jerry had a successful career with the company he founded, Grace & Andrews, based in New York City, and later the Grace Group, of Fairfield, CT. They provided creative packaging and printed materials for some of the largest corporations in America. A resident of Fairfield since 1974, Jerry served as a Deacon and Trustee at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, on the board of Parish Court, and was a member of the Fairfield Beach Club. He spent summers on Coxton Lake in Pennsylvania, near his wife’s hometown and family. Jerry is survived by his loving wife Claire, his adoring children Gretchen Grace (Eric Moore), Thomas Newell Grace, Kathryn Grace Arcuri (Len Arcuri), and Jennifer Grace McAleer (Brant McAleer); as well as his grandchildren, who made him so proud, Willa, Everett, Ry, and Annabel. He is also survived by his brother Jim, of Naples, Florida, and his Aunt Tumpy (Winifred Lein Bradwell) of Sarasota, Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jerry is preceded in death by his grandson Finnian Ry McAleer, and his older sister Barbara Grace Evans. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield. Jerry will be laid to rest in the Memorial Garden of The Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, with his grandson Finn. No matter how high the waves, how rolling the swells, how strong the winds that hold our ships back, we always get our ships to home port. – Unknown * In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jerry’s memory can be sent to “Church Housing for Fairfield Inc.” and mailed to Parish Court, Attn: Administrator, 175 Warde Terrace, Fairfield, CT 06825.