Alan G. Grubow
Dec. 14, 1928 – April 11, 2014
Alan George Grubow passed away on April 11, 2014 with his wife of 63 years Leda and his two daughters at his side. The only thing quicker than Al’s smile was his willingness to help anyone in need. A salesman by profession, he brought the same tenacity and can-do attitude to the West Boca community he moved to in 1985.
Al served as president of Boca Chase for nearly a decade where his legacy – a beautifully landscaped waterfall welcomes people to the community. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the West Boca Community Council in 2001, where he was instrumental in widening US Route 441 and championed many other causes. He was also a member of the Community Association Institute’s Board of Directors.
Al was perhaps proudest of his final community accomplishment – Drop In Action Sports Complex in Boca Raton. In March, the action sports complex was dedicated in honor of Alan with a plaque that read in part – “whose vision, dedication and tenacity resulted in the construction of the facility”.
Al, a long-time resident of Matawan, N.J. prior to moving to Florida died after a courageous battle with cancer. He was an avid tennis player, always wearing matching tennis outfits with Leda, until just a few years ago. For years, he could be found on the Bamm Hollow Country Club golf course, Lincroft, N.J. every weekend no matter the weather or time of the year.
Al was elected Chancellor Commander of the John F. Kennedy Centennial Lodge 100, Knights of Pythias, a non-sectarian fraternal organization. He grew up in Somerville, MA., Class of 1946, Somerville High School. Al never lost his Boston accent particularly when calling No. 12 in bingo and was a lifelong Red Sox fan.
A graduate of Syracuse University, he was a proud Orangeman sports fan. Al could tell a great joke, loved to laugh and never missed one of his daughters’ softball games, field hockey games or bowling matches during their youth.
Al is survived by his beloved wife Leda, daughters Amy-Sue, Flanders, N.J. and Wendy, Carmel, CA., and grandchildren, Hannah, Jared, Alexandra, Brittany and Zachary. He is also survived by his brother Barry. We send Al off with hearts filled with love and the gratitude of having had the privilege of calling him a friend, husband, father and grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Al’s name to Drop In Action Sports Complex in Boca Raton: 21271 Millbrook Court, Boca Raton, 33498;www.dropincomplex.org. If you wish to share your thoughts and condolences with Al’s family, please visit Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Funeral Chapel.
Thanks to the West Boca Community Council for providing this obituary.
Alan G. Grubow