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Patricia (Walsh) Grindle

Posted 2009-10-14 by Judy Wight Branson
The Boston Globe, Boston, Mass.
March 8, 1991


Patricia (Walsh) Grindle, a horsewoman and businesswoman who once rode bareback in the circus and operated a riding school in Britain, died of pancreatric cancer Tuesday in Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 70 and lived in Sherborn.

Mrs. Grindle was a bareback rider for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus from 1942 to 1947, when she moved to Sherborn. From 1966 until 1989 she operated a riding school in Benenden, Kent, England, where she and her husband, Paul, maintained a second home.

They were partners in a number of business ventures, including a ship's chandlery in England and a woodworking business in the United States that produced interiors for boutiques. They also imported physics instructional equipment.

Mrs. Grindle was born in Clarkdale, Ariz., and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1942.

In addition to her husband, she leaves two daughters, Lucretia of Sherborn and Amanda of Benenden, England; two sons, Paul, with the Marine Corps in San Diego, and Douglas, of Sherborn; and a brother, Louis, of Clarkdale, Ariz.

Services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Pilgrim Church, Sherborn. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sherborn.

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