Ocean City Today

Charles E. Grimes

Oct 19, 2017
Charles E. Grimes

printed 10/20/2017


Charles E. “Murph” Grimes, 92, of Selbyville, Delaware, passed on to eternal life on Oct. 13, 2017.

Born in Baltimore on April 6, 1925, he was the son of the late James Grimes and Anna (Luber) Grimes.

A retired real estate broker, Charles was the founder of Montego Bay Realty in Ocean City, Maryland.  He started the company in 1972 and retired in 1987. He was president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors (now Coastal Association of Realtors) in 1979 and Realtor of the Year in 1977.

As a U.S. Army veteran, Charles served his country with pride as a member of the 81st Infantry Division during WWII. He served as an usher for many years at the Catholic churches of Ocean City, most recently St. Luke’s Catholic Church.

He was active in the community and was a long-time member of American Legion Post 166 in Ocean City, Maryland and VFW Mason Dixon Post 7234 in Ocean View, Delaware. He was also a charter/founding member of the Elks Lodge #2645 in Ocean City.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Martha C. Grimes, of Selbyville, Delaware; his son, Marc Grimes and wife, Patti; son, Michael Grimes; daughter, Marvene Ruit and husband, Robert; granddaughters, Marisa Grimes, Nancy Redican (Sean), Nikki Forbes (Sean), Rachael Ruit (Martijn Verlouw); and grandsons, Warren Ruit (Michelle) and Rob Ruit (Jennifer). He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, George Grimes; sister, Margaret Voss; and sister, Anna Ewart. He was also preceded in death by his long-time friends and brother-, sister-in-law, Ben and Alvina Beach.

Charles enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. He loved children and doted on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He and Martha traveled extensively in retirement. He was an avid walker and enjoyed watching sports, especially his favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles.

A funeral service was held at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Delaware on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, with a private interment afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army, www.salvationarmy.org.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.

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