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Former Rye Mayor Edmund C. Grainger Jr. Dies At 92

Edmund Grainger
Edmund Grainger Photo Credit: Graham Funeral Home

RYE, N.Y. -- Former Rye Mayor Edmund Grainger of Rye, died Sunday, Oct. 18. He was 92.

He had a distinguished career in law, government, philanthropy and community service. He was managing partner of his law firm in New York City and served as chairman of Village Bank from 1980-89. He was president of several charitable foundations. His government service included special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States' Tax Division from 1953-55.

He was passionate in his service to Rye, serving as city judge and council member. He was elected mayor and served from 1966-73. As mayor, he teamed with his counterpart in Oyster Bay to successfully defeat Robert Moses' plan to build a bridge between the two communities. After serving as mayor, he was chairman of campaigns for the Rye YMCA capital fund, Rye Performing Arts Center fund and the Rye Historical Society Knapp House fund.

He was a trustee of The Osborn Retirement Community and an original founder of the Rye Babe Ruth League and Rye Little League. Grainger was a member of the American Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Westchester Bar Association. He was a past governor and president of the Apawamis Club and past governor and chairman of the Westchester Country Club. He was a member of the U.S., Westchester and Eastern Senior Golf Associations.

Grainger received a B.S. from Georgetown University in 1943, a J.D. from Yale University Law School in 1945 and an L.L.M. in taxation from New York University in 1954.

He was married to his wife Ginie for 67 years. He was the father to Terry, Jeff, Janet (Byrne) and Kathy (Hobbins), 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also is survived by his sister, Patsy Dyer of Lake Bluff, Ill.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye. A memorial funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection, 910 Boston Post Road, Rye.

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