Frederick Jack Grimble
Frederick Jack "John" Grimble was a teacher of Art at Boston Grammar School.
"Banger" Grimble was my brother-in-law and above my computer hangs a painting of the "Lizzie" and "Annie" tied up at the wharf in South End. It was painted in the early 40s or late 30s. I also have many of Banger's oil paintings in the house, mostly painted on his visits to us in Blairgowrie, Scotland where we lived prior to coming to Canada.
Banger Grimble and his rolled up piece of corrugated cardboard with which he would aim a blow on the head of any boy not getting on with his work of art, saying "The arm of the law is long but with this it is even longer boy!" I recall some of us being paid to sit for Banger`s night school classes.
Richard Broughton also remembers "Banger" Grimble using a cardboard tube as a weapon to keep the attention of pupils in his art lessons. It was either brought down sharply on the desk, or on the back of the offender's head.
Artwork by "John" Grimble
From the August 1997 issue of The Old Bostonian
John Grimble died in May at the Georgians Nursing Home. He was 84.
He was born in Norwich and had lived in Boston for 59 years. He joined the staff at BGS in 1937 and retired fully in 1979 having served only part time during the last two years. George Bagley records his years at BGS as follows: “1937-79 Grimble, Frederick Jack CGLI, ATD (latterly part time).”
John, Jack, Joe taught art and woodwork and was himself a highly skilled craftsman. During the war years 39-45 he was involved in designing jig and tool equipment for Crusader tanks.
For many years he was chairman of Lincolnshire Artists’ Society and of the Boston Art Group. He was a founder member of the Boston Concert Club.
Many generations of OBs remember him with respect and affection. Many homes have items in use which were made in the school workshop under the encouragement and guidance of Joe. (A particular wooden egg tray springs to mind of one OB - still giving good service after 60 years!)
He was a family man and leaves his widow Jean, two daughters, Jill and Lorna, a son Steven, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The funeral service at Boston Crematorium was conducted by the Rev K Targett in the presence of a large gathering of family and friends including many OBs.