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Peter Grandell

Peter Grandell, age 69, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019. 

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Peter was the son of the late Dr. Peter and Kathleen (Hoffman) Grandell. Following in his mother’s and father’s footsteps, he devoted his life to being a teacher and a coach until his retirement. Coach Grandell graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Social Studies from West Chester University in 1972 and a Masters Degree in Computer Usage in Education from Boston College in 1982. 

Peter taught in the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District for 37 years. His teaching career started at Delcastle Vo-Tech High School, where he also coached football and baseball. Howard Career Center was his next stop.  Peter’s love of history and teaching helped propel him to win the accolades of both Howard High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2002, and NCCVT Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2003. While at Howard he was also the Head football coach, softball coach, and Athletic Director. 

Peter was a passionate supporter of the DFRC ever since he played in the Delaware Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game for the Blue side in 1967.  He was then either Head Coach or Assistant Coach for the Blue Team on four different occasions and was named Honorary Coach in 2019.  After retiring from the classroom, Coach returned to the gridiron at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School.  This season the Silver Eagles reached the State Championship game and the players will proudly carry Coach Grandell’s walking stick onto Delaware Stadium’s Tubby Raymond Field as they entered to do battle against Middletown High School. 

Peter was also famous for his poems and stories he would write for his family, co-workers, the football team and special occasions.  Every Christmas Peter used his wit to write clues on the gift wrap of his father’s gift. It would take his father, with the help of Peter’s siblings, sometimes all Christmas Eve to accurately guess the contents of the gift box. Oh so clever Peter was. The laughter seemed to never end.     

Peter built a family tradition that continued for over 20 years. Every fourth of July he and his family, and his siblings and their families, gathered at their parent’s home for a star spangled extravaganza. All of the Grandells participated in a flag waving parade down the center of Spruce Avenue dressed in patriotic red, white and blue, marching to the Marine Corp Hymn. 

Peter will be dearly missed by his wife of 35 years, Darnel (Birtcil) Grandell; his daughters, Christine Colihan (James) of Newark, Carrie Brockell (Rick) of Middletown, Katie Ray (Steven) of Grimesland, NC, and Amy Grandell of West Chester, PA; his siblings, Kathleen Reed (Joseph), Kristin Bright, Mark Grandell (Kathy), Julianne Tankersley, and Erik Grandell; and eleven grandchildren, Ricky, Peyton, Jared, Ashlynn, Isabella, Joaquin, Emma, August, Conor, Carson and Cali.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Wednesday, December 4th between 6 and 8 PM at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Delaware. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, December 5th, also at the Mealey Funeral Home. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive #101, Newark, DE 19713.  Condolences may be made by visiting MealeyFuneralHomes.com

 

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Submitted by Kathy Wilson on
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What a lovely obituary. Although I never had the opportunity to know Pete, I did get to see how his kindness affected others. It is no wonder why Darnel and Christine exhibited these same attributes in their interactions with me. I am so sorry for your loss, one that has come far too soon. You are in my thoughts.

Submitted by Kathy Wilson on
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What a lovely obituary. Although I never had the opportunity to know Pete, I did get to see how his kindness affected others. It is no wonder why Darnel and Christine exhibited these same attributes in their interactions with me. I am so sorry for your loss, one that has come far too soon. You are in my thoughts.

Submitted by Eric & Susan Wells on
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Sue and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You are a strong family and I’m sure Pete will always be with you♥️ Eric & Susan Wells

Submitted by Linda Selwood on
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Dear Darnel and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. It's wonderful that you have family close by. Love, Linda

Submitted by Joseph E. (Joe)... on
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May you RIP and God welcome you my close friend. Your family was and remains an example of Elsmere's outstanding families. Your Mom and Dad always added great insights and direction whenever I stopped over to the Grandell home. We bonded strongly my friend when we competed across the street at The Grove's basketball courts. So much so that when I married you were a "slam Dunk" choice as one of my groomsmen. The impact of your teaching family rubbed off for sure in that I taught Jr. High, High School, College and Adult Education during my teaching career. Also, came to know brother Mark much better during my brief time at Hodgson VTHS. Our friendship does not end in your passing, but the good times in Elsmere we stay with me throughout the remainder of my lifetime. Pete, your impact will sustain your family, friends, students and me forever. Let your spirit and smile be ever enduring. Goodbye for now and God Bless you Pete.

Submitted by Kevin James on
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On behalf of the Howard Career Center C/O ‘89, we extend our condolences to Coach Grandell’s family. Coach was a man of honor and respected his work on and off the field.

Submitted by Joe and Carol D... on
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We are sorry to learn about the recent passing of our long-time and good friend, Pete. He was an early colleague at Delcastle then at Howard. He was a great teacher and coach as well as a positive mentor to his students, his players, the coaches, and other teachers. He coached at Howard under adverse facility conditions, but he made light of having to practice extra points over the elementary school swing set on the playground or an errant punt or pass ending up in the Brandywine. He had a contagious sense of humor, and we shared many colorful moments especially when Jody was our principal. We are pleased to have known Pete and Darnel and their family through the many interactions we had with them at the district and in Elkton. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Joe and Carol D

Submitted by Joan Fultz on
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So sorry for your loss. I do not know Pete personally and my children did not attend public or via tech schools. I have heard amazing things about him through life in Delaware. If there were compliments in teaching or sports, his name was always part of the conversation. I now understand he was not only a great teacher & coach, but an amazing human being as well. So sorry for the loss of such a great person. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

Submitted by Deborah Zych on
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May the strength of your family provide the support you need during this difficult time. Pete's spirit will not only live on in his family's heart, but also will have a special place in the hearts of the many students he touched over the years. Sending love, Debbie and Greg Zych

Submitted by John Hannagan on
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God be with the Grandell family at this most sad time. So sorry, Juli, for you and yours.

Submitted by Jerry Barsha on
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My sincere sympathy to the survivors of Peter Grandell, Jr. Peter inherited his wonderful traits from his GREAT parents Pete and Kit, whose funerals I attended. I am out of the country so will miss Peter's. A fine man has left our midst!

Submitted by Helen Durbano on
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I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Pete’s family.

Submitted by The Rousers on
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Grandell Family, you are being kept close in heart during this time of sorrow. We pray that you’ll feel God’s loving arms and that you are filled with all the beautiful memories you have of Pete. With Love, Jerry & Shelley Rouser

Submitted by Shirley R. on
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Heartfelt sympathy to Darnel and family for the loss of your devoted husband, father, and grandfather. In so many ways, Pete has left this earth a better place for everyone who knew him. I hope that many fond memories will sustain you in your sorrow.

Submitted by Joe Gentile on
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My sincere condolences to the Grandell family. I have many fond memories of time spent with Pete and the Grandell family. Peter, my God ease your loved ones sorrow and bring you into His loving arms.RIP

Submitted by mealey on
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For - Peter Grandell From - Frank & Johna-Lee Ingraham Email address - johnai@comcast.net Pete touched so many lives and will be missed. He will be remembered with great affection. Please accept our sympathy on your sad loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love & Sincere Condolences ❤️ Frank & Johna

Submitted by Myrna zaetta on
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My deepest condolences to the Grandell family. May you find solace in memories that will always remind you of the love and times shared together.. Juli I am so sorry for your lost.

Submitted by Eileen Grandell... on
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Pete was a great guy..so special. I will miss him. So sorry. Love you all. Eileen

Submitted by BOB PARSONS on
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My Heartfelt sympathy to everyone in the Grandell family. May you find special comfort in the heart of God and in the cherished memories you hold deep in your heart. Rest in peace Pete.

Submitted by Janet Riter on
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Sending my deepest condolences to Peter's family. I was saddened to see his obituary in the newspaper. I met. Peter in the early '70's when he worked at Brandywine Raceway in the summer. He was a very kind person and always made me smile. I enjoyed his sense of humor. As a widow myself, I know the pain and heartbreak of losing a spouse. Memories will always sustain you. God bless you and help you cope with your grief and healing.

Submitted by Gwendolyn Poe on
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My deepest condolences to the Grandell family. I was a student of His at Howard High. He was a good teacher & coach. So sorry to hear of His passing. May he Rest In Peace.