Joseph M. Grimm Sr., former owner and president of Joe Grimm Ford Inc. in Randallstown, died of cancer March 12 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 87 and lived in the Wakefield neighborhood of Baltimore County.
Mr. Grimm was born and raised in the Frederick County village of Barrett. After graduating from Mount Airy High School in 1935, he took business correspondence courses and began working as a clerk at Lisbon Buick.
In 1938, he opened Joe Grimm Pontiac in Mount Airy. When the outbreak of World War II curtailed domestic auto production, he closed the business and went to work for DuPont Co. in Wilmington, Del.
After the war, he became general manager of Howard W. Ford, a Baltimore Dodge dealership, and later worked at Harry Gladding Chevrolet. He established Joe Grimm Ford Inc. in 1966 on Liberty Road and a second dealership in Eldersburg that sold trucks.
He was married for 62 years to the former Mary A. Tee, a registered nurse, whom he met while working in Wilmington during the war.
Mr. Grimm had been president of the Washington District Ford Dealer Association and president of the Maryland Automobile Dealer Association. He was a 50-year member of the National Auto Dealer Association and a member of the Ford Dealer Development Group.
He retired and sold the business in 1996.
He was an avid golfer and member of the Hillendale Country Club.
Mr. Grimm also enjoyed vegetable gardening and was known for the quality of his tomatoes.
Services were Wednesday.
Survivors in addition to his wife include two sons, Joseph M. Grimm Jr. of Cockeysville and John D. Grimm of Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Lucille Berry Grimm of Sykesville; and three granddaughters.