Joseph Gricus

May 19, 2014

Joseph S. Gricus, 56, also known as "Chef Joe," son of Kenneth J. and Mary A. Bonner Gricus passed away May 12, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his parents, his loving and devoted children, Shannon Gricus Leighton, and her husband Brian of Manchester, Tyler Gricus and his partner Holly Roberts of Rockland; his siblings, Louis Gricus of Camden, Angela and her husband Joey Webster of Zephyrhills, Fla., Kenneth Paul Gricus of Maui, Hawaii, Carolyn Gricus Costello and her husband William of West Warwick, R.I.; grandchildren Jaxon and Maxwell Gricus and Cora Leighton; as well as several nieces, nephews and many close and loving friends including Robin Saltzman Gordon. We will miss his embellished stories, kind words and gentle spirit.

Born in Rockland, Oct. 27, 1957, he spent his childhood in this area. Joe graduated from Camden-Rockport High School and the University of Southern Maine with a degree in culinary arts in 1978. "Chef Joe," as he was called by many, had a passion for his earlier works as a creative and inspiring food artist and master chef. Joe had a true spirit of adventure. He spent a great deal of his time at sea, both for leisure and work. A true “water baby” Joe spent more than 40 summers sailing the coast of Maine with his friends and family. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hiking and spending his free time enjoying the great state of Maine. For the past 15 years, Joe devoted his time to working around the world as a chef and enjoying life to its fullest.

The family would like to thank the staff at Pen Bay Medical Center and affiliates for the astounding medical care Joe received during his last weeks of life. Specifically Lisa Mele and the nurses on MedSurg South: Josh, Katie and Kim.

A celebration of his life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 23, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. At Joe’s request a private burial will take place at a later date. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Bob Gagnon Cancer Care Fund, C/O Pen Bay Health Care, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.

To share a memory or story with Joe's family, please visit his Book of Memories at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Elinor J Eaton | May 19, 2014 19:44

So sorry to learn of your loss, every loss is great but a child makes it more sorrowful, thinking of you at this time. Francis Elinor Eaton

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