Christopher W. Grenier

Date of Passing:

February 22, 2018

Grenier, Christopher W., 51, of Barrington, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018. He was the son of William and Ann Grenier of Foster. He was the husband of Mary for 25 years. He was the beloved father of Emily, Brian and Rachel; the brother of Timothy (Laurie) and Elizabeth (Jane Linden). Chris was predeceased by his daughter, Jessica and his brother, William.

Chris graduated from Providence College in 1988 and then spent 20 years as a Special Agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Upon retirement he was employed by the Grenier Group, a family home building company, for over ten years.

His Funeral and burial will be private.

Online Condolences


  1. My sincerest condolences to the entire Grenier family. Betsy, my friend, I can only imagine how you feel… I looked up to your supportive family, ever present at sporting events… I occasionally went for a run on Snake Hill Road; your brother stopped to talk to me one day- I did not think he knew I even existed( as I was a lowly freshman). My love and prayers to you and your family.. always your friend- Stacie

  2. My condolences to the Grenier family! Chris was a true human being that I known from my childhood years to my graduation from high school. I played baseball and ran cross country with Chris and
    I will never forget the memories that always shed light on his kindness, intelligence and character.

  3. We are so sorry to hear about Chris. Taken to soon, he was a bright light for all who knew him. Smart talented and driven he lived life to the fullest. A quick wit and sharp tongue was what I will remember most and his contagious smile. Our prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. With our love, Mike and Paula Bailey

  4. Dear Grenier Family, Chris was a wonderful person who was clearly loved. My father, Uncle Bill, had a special bond with Chris perhaps because of the law enforcement connection but most of all because he just loved Chris. Chris had a great family growing up who loved him and his own wonderful family, Mary and their beautiful children, in his adult life. I wish you all strength in the days ahead and may the fond memories bring you comfort. Best, Carol Hodgson Browning

  5. I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Chris. I am truly saddened for all of you. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary, Rachel, Brian, and Emily.

  6. For my junior year at PC my friends and I moved to Appian Street, into a building inhabited entirely by seniors, including Chris. Those guys were very accepting of us lowly juniors and a great year began. This place was a cesspool and the year consisted of toilets overflowing, pipes bursting in the wall, followed by a flood, break-ins, and LOTS of mice. I loved it there. About once a month our building would host an intimate gathering consisting of several hundred of our closest friends. On those Saturday nights easily one-quarter of the student body would funnel through our dilapidated apartments for a fun night. For me the best part was the next afternoon when Chris would organize the post-gathering luncheon at Chelo’s on Silver Spring Street. Several hours of recalling the shenanigans from the night before or other foolishness from years past. Chris could tell great stories. My contribution was laughing like a hyena the entire meal at these tales by Chris and a collection of real characters I was proud to be a associated with. Wiped me out every time–had to go home and nap afterwards. Chris–you made my favorite year at college even more entertaining. Thank you. You left us far too soon my friend. To Mary and your children, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  7. Chris was the first person I met when I moved into Appian Way second semester at PC. Helped me moving in and introduced me to the other guys in the house. One of the ‘ good” guys. God bless.

  8. Bill, Ann and family,
    Lee and I were so shocked to hear of Chris’s passing. He was always so full of fun. We have such fond memories of 1987 when you all became like family. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with all of you. Lee and Kathy Swanson

  9. I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Chris’s family. For right now, there’s no detour around grief, no shortcut through mourning. However, 2 Cor.4:7 says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal “, to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget. It means we recover. We recover because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28 which says, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out “. Jesus was referring to the resurrection. That is our amazing hope! The Bible likens our hope to an anchor. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, our hope stabilizes us and keeps us from drowning in overwhelming sadness. 2 Cor.1:3 describes our Creator as, “… the God of all comfort “. One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort be your comfort now, during this time of sorrow. For the Bible’s answers to life’s big questions please visit

  10. Our heartfelt condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers our with you.

    Claire & Al Jackvony

  11. Mary, Rachel, Brian and Emily,
    We are so sorry to hear about Chris! Know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Deschenes Family

  12. Bill & Ann,
    My heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Chris. I have nothing but nice memories of him and all the work he did at our house. You know he had a great friendship with John.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

  13. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May reflecting on all the good times you’ve share together help ease the pain that you now feel. May the God of all comfort strengthen you during this time of sadness and His promise for the future bring you peace. (Hosea 13:14)

  14. Our sincere condolences to the Grenier family on your loss.
    Lisa, Dan, Jillian and Sarah

  15. Tim;

    I am so very sorry to read of the loss of your brother. I remember him coming in to see you at work. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
    Mike Frazier

  16. Bill, Anne, Mary and Family,

    We are very sad to hear about Chris. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

    Love, Diane and Becky

  17. So very sorry to hear about this and deepest condolences to the Grenier family. Chris was one of the first people I had the pleasure to meet during orientation at PC. Through the next 4 years, you could always spot Chris across campus – you just had to look for his big smile (and crazy clothing – including suspenders). Smart, engaging, active, funny, talented craftsman (could build or fix anything from scratch) – and a genuine passion for life and for his friends – Chris always had a way of making us all smile. We have lost a good soul – but recognize he is in God’s good care now and will be smiling down on us from above. Wishing Mary and the children lots of strength, love and support. God Bless.

  18. Good God, such horribly shocking and sad news!
    Rest In Peace, my young friend.
    May God bless your mother, father and your entire family.
    Peace and love to all of you.

    Bill Hurry

  19. Elaine and I were both very sad to read about Chris.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Ed & Elaine Donahue

  20. Having received the notification this morning that Chris has passed was heartbreaking. Chris was not only a valued co-worker who gave his all to further a case to a successful conclusion but more importantly he was like a brother to me. He was the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back. We will miss Chris greatly. I extend my condolences to Mary and the children as well as the entire Grenier family. May Chris now rest in peace in the hands of God.

  21. Dear Bill and Ann,
    I can’t find the correct words to express my deepest sympathy concerning Chris’ passing.
    May God give you the strength to endure your tremendous loss!
    Love and Prayers,
    Jo-Ann Fede

  22. Dear Bill Ann and family. I’m so sorry to hear about Chris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I’ve known Chris for over twenty years and he certainly will be missed. He truly was one of the good guys. My condolences to the entire Grenier family. May you all find peace and comfort during this most difficult time. God bless.

  24. Mary, Karlene and I send our thoughts and prayers to you, Rachel, Brian and Emily. Chris was a part of our Providence College family and he will be missed. Chris brought a level of enthusiasm and effort to whatever he was working to accomplish and I admired that in him. From early on Chris was focused on becoming a Special Agent and he worked hard and put in the extra effort to accomplish that goal. Chris was a part of many of my fondest memories at PC – whether it was convincing me and 3 other classmates to drive through the night to Alabama for an NCAA tournament game or spring break trips to FL. Again, so sorry for your lose.

  25. Dear Bill and Ann,
    Sincere condolences on your loss. There are never adequate words at these times. Please know that your entire family is in my prayers.

  26. Dear Bill and Ann,
    Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. So sorry to hear about Chris. We remember him well; he was a great person.

  27. My deepest condolence goes out to The family . Chris was a great man and I feel lucky to have known him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and children. Rest In Peace sir

  28. Angelo and I send our heartfelt condolences to Chris’s family. I was one of Chris’s partner’s at work. He became one of my closest friends during that time and I was able to catch up with him last September. He was one of the smartest, funniest and most talented men I’ve ever met. He was proud and suffered every setback and challenge in his life…deeply, with God, and in silence. He loved his children so, so much and he always shared some pretty sweet and funny stories about their beautiful and strong mom, his college sweetheart, Mary. I’m so sorry for your pain and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. Dear Bill, Ann and family we are very sorry to hear about Christopher. We are praying for all of you in this most difficult time.
    Fred & Sandra Pasquariello

  30. Tim,
    I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Kim and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Thinking of you in your time of sorrow.

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