Death in the Family – Eleonore Grimley, Past National President

It is with a sense of deep loss the Ladies mourn the death of LAOH Past National President   Eleonore Grimley.  Eleonore, of Alexandria, Virginia died on Monday, April 20, 2015.  She was the beloved wife of Arthur T. Grimley and cousin of Diane Legelier of Montreal, Canada. Eleonore was a parishioner at St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria.  Her funeral there was well attended with many Hibernians, including President Mary Hogan as well as Past National President Mary Dolan.  Four Virginia State Presidents and Division Presidents from the Colonel John Dowd Division in Woodbridge and the new Mary Ryan Division in Richmond participated in a prayer service at the viewing and served as an honor guard at the funeral.

Eleonore was a member of LAOH Division One, Fairfax, Virginia.   As early as 1988, she worked to bring the Hibernian Convention to Virginia. Then, in 1992, in Virginia, she was elected to her first office on the National Board.   She went on to serve in many positions and levels of the LAOH including National President.

In 2002, Eleonore was voted LAOH National President during the Convention at Foxwoods in Connecticut.  As National President, on September 29, 2002 Eleonore Grimley, and Ned McGinley, AOH National President, presented Rep. Smith with the Sean MacBride Human Rights Award.  Also, as National President on January 22, 2003 Eleanore signed an agreement with Trinity College in Washington, D.C. to continue the LAOH Lillian E. Fay Scholarship. The document updated our agreement to continue the Scholarship with the approved stipulations agreed upon at our National Convention in Connecticut.  President Eleonore Grimley, Vice-president Mary T. Leathem, Legal Counsel Patricia Doyle, and Past National President Mary B. Dolan met on 22 January 2003 with Trinity President Patricia McGuire and Anne Pauley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  The scholarship remains in effect today.

In her inaugural address, Grimley praised the efforts of the Lady Hibernians across the country, and encouraged them in their mission. “Be you,” Grimley said. “Contribute your special and unique talents, combine them with those of your sisters and brothers and work harmoniously together to restore all things in Christ, through the mission of our beloved Hibernian Order.”

In addition to her Hibernian activity, Eleonore Grimley was a highly regarded professional woman.  Employed by CMAA, she was the Director of Office and Property Management.  In her position, Eleonore had extensive experience in the human resources and benefits fields and a background in the facility/property management area. She was certified as completing a six-year professional development program for Association Executives (summer curriculum).  Before joining CMAA, she worked for Fortune 500 corporations and a major trade association representing the electrical industry.  Her professional memberships include the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society of Association Executives. Also, in addition to serving as National Officer in the LAOH she was heavily involved in local charitable associations.

Eleonore will be missed.  May she rest in peace.