Robert "Babs" Grande, 86 of Farrell passed away in the Emergency Room of UPMC Horizon on December 22, 2010 at 3:30 P.M. Babs was born in Farrell on March 12, 1924 to the late Frank "Topsy" and Edna Smiley Grande. He owned and operated Babs Grill in Sharon for over 21 years and was a salesman for Erie Brewing Co. and Kopen Beverage Co. for over 18 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima/St. Ann Church, the Sharon Elks Lodge, Italian and German Homes in Farrell, Farrell VFW and American Legion. He was a Life member of Farrell Moose Lodge 55 and a veteran of the Army serving in Germany as a Staff Sargent in World War II. Babs always enjoyed spending time with his family, especially family gatherings and playing cards. He will be missed by his good buddies he played euchre with at the Sharon VFW. He will also be missed by his 1942 classmates at their monthly gatherings. He is survived by his companion, Tessie McCluskey of Farrell, granddaughter, Amy Grande of Hermitage, Niece, Darlene and Bob Long of West Middlesex, Nephew, Robert A. Alcaro of Farrell, Great Niece and Nephews, Krista, Robbie and Eric Long, Great Great Nephew Ashton and many cousins that called him Uncle Babs. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Antoinette "Toni" Busco Grande, his second wife, Mildred Bobby Grande, son, Jeffrey Grande, a sister, Dorothy Alcaro and a brother, Frank Grande. Friends may call at the Tomon Funeral and Cremation Services in the Harold W. Stevenson Funeral Home, 264 E. State Street, Sharon on Sunday, December 26, 2010 from 3 to 6 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Our Lady of Fatima/St. Ann Church on Monday, December 27, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. by Fr. Donald Berdis. Friends attending the Mass are ask to meet at the Church at 1:15 P.M. Full Military Rites by the Farrell VFW Honor Guard will follow the Mass at the Church. Private burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Contributions in Mr. Grande's name can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy., Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Ralph and Marie Napolitan
We want to express our sympathy to the family of Babs Grande. He was a childhood friend of ours.
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