Richard Grenard, whose produce career included more than 30 years at the retail chain Waldbaum Inc., died Tuesday, Jan. 13. He was 62 years old and a resident of Deer Park, NY.
Mr. Grenard spent more than 30 years, from around 1968-69 to the early 1990s, at Waldbaum, according to Tommy Krulder, who worked with Mr. Grenard at that supermarket chain. "He was a good friend, a loyal worker and a great family man," Mr. Krulder, now director of store services at Kurt Weiss Greenhouses on Long Island, NY, told The Produce News Friday, Jan. 16.
Mr. Grenard also worked at Key Food Stores Cooperative in Brooklyn, NY, and at a wholesale produce company at the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, according to Mr. Krulder.
Mr. Grenard was a member of the Eastern Produce Council, and served on the council's board of director from 1999 to 2006, according to EPC Executive Director John McAleavey.
Mr. Grenard is survived by his wife, Judith; daughters Melissa, Wendy, Jennifer and Jaime; and one granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.