In Memory of




Obituary for Barry L. Grim

It is with the deepest, most profound sadness that the wife of Barry L. Grim announces his peaceful passing at home on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the age of 77. He was surrounded by his loving and devoted wife of 36 years, Rene’ Pieja-Grim. Also present was his most faithful companion, Grappa (Lagotto Romagnolo – the Italian Truffle Hunting Dog, as he would always explain).

Barry and Rene’ were married on June 20th, 1987, at the home of their dearest friends, Dr. Job and Beverly Menges. Job served as the Best Man and Beverly was the Wedding Planner / Hostess of the day. It was the most wonderful time, especially since it was Barry’s birthday, and the wedding was planned around an annual golf tournament.

Barry was born on June 20, 1946, in Reading, Pa. He was the son of the late Donald G. Grim Sr. and Esther (Witmyer) Grim. Barry was predeceased by his first wife, Marsha L. ( Hangen ) Grim in October of 1983. He was also predeceased by his most favorite uncle and aunt, Retired Command Sergeant Major John E. Kerner and his wife, Bertha M. ( Witmyer ) Kerner. Uncle John and Aunt Bert were a very special, loving part of Barry’s life. He often spoke of fond memories being with them and their children, Nan, Janet and Deborah at Fort Dix and Mt. Holly N.J. Picking those New Jersey blueberries was his fun childhood pastime with the Kerner family along with stirring up trouble with Uncle John!

Surviving him are his two daughters, Kristen D. Grim of Hilton Head, S.C. and Cheri L. Truley of Youngstown, Ohio. Cheri was able to be with her father at his passing. His bonus daughter, Suzy Symons and her husband, Chris, were able to provide assistance after Barry arrived home. There are also 6 grandsons and several great grandchildren. Barry is also survived by his two brothers and their wives, Donald ( Donnie aka George ) G. Grim Jr ( Sandy ) of Salisbury, Maryland and Dale E. Grim ( Shelley ) of Reading, Pa. There are also several nieces and a nephew.

After graduation from Reading High School in 1964, Barry entered the electrical construction field. He was a Master Electrician and worked in the industry as a Project Manager and Estimator for 50 years until his retirement in 2014. He served on the Electrical Board for the City of Reading and administered the Electrical Licensing Examinations. Barry also served on the Board of Directors for the Reading YMCA for multiple years.

Barry was also retired from the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1998 after serving 22 years as a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer ( Game Warden ). He always believed it was his duty to protect wildlife.

In retirement, he found a new passion in Pet Therapy. He and Grappa completed the Therapy Dogs International program and were certified to visit local facilities. The past several years was spent at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Reading. They were welcomed by Dr. Judy Parker, CEO and the entire Encompass staff who counted Barry and Grappa as part of the Encompass family.

Barry is a member of the Brotherhood of the Free and Accepted Masons Reading Lodge 549. He served as Past Worshipful Master of Puritan Lodge No. 740 which merged into Reading Lodge 549. He was currently serving as a Director of the Masonic Center Foundation.

Life with Barry was one full of laughter and adventure. Gardening, photography, golf, bicycling, being the neighborhood handyman and traveling were of major importance in his life. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or do. Whether it be travels in Eastern Canada, especially Quebec City and the Chateau Frontenac, or summers in Newport, Rhode Island at the Francis Malbone House for the Newport Flower Show / America’s Cup Yacht Races or his cherished trip to Ireland. Barry was always on the go with his infectious laugh, wicked sense of humor and his sparkling blue eyes. And of course, Grappa always at his side.

There is no doubt that Barry is at peace and resting in heaven, sharing stories with old friends, having one glass of Guiness or a Moscato and visiting his loving mother-in-law, Kate.

His wife would like to acknowledge the care and support provided by the following: Tower Health at Home – Nadine Herman RN, Tower Health at Home Hospice – Nurses Heather, Shelly and Tracy, Reading Hospital PCP - Dr. Suzanne Adam, Reading Hospital Cardiology – Dr. Olivera Chandler, Dr. Jared Green, Dr. Brian McCauley and the Heart Failure Clinic with Kelly Laino CRNP and the entire Nursing / CRNP Team. Also recognized are all the Nursing Staff of Reading Hospital Units: ICU, T5, T1 and N2West with unit Director, Abigail Olaewe RN and Lisa Rogers RN, Nurse Case Manager.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Henninger Funeral Home INC. As per Barry’s wishes there will be no public services. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barry’s honor can be made to: The Conservation Heritage Museum of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area P.O. Box 110 Kleinfeltersville, Pa. 17039.

“ Sl’an go f’oill “ with our eternal Love, Rene’ and Grappa – until we meet again.