It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and former colleague Robert J. Grenier from cancer last week. Bob was a longtime lawyer with the firm and former shareholder and director. He passed away at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vermont at the age of 69.
Bob was native of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, A.B. (cum laude); McGill University, M.B.A., LL.B. (magna cum laude). He was a Captain in the U.S. Army, served in Vietnam, and received three awards of the Bronze Star.
Prior to embarking on his legal education and career, Bob worked in Montréal for several years, holding positions of Management Consultant at Peat Marwick, Marketing Manager for Canadian Kenworth, and Industrial Commissioner in Montréal’s Economic Development Office where he was responsible for attracting business from the U.S. to the Montreal, Quebec area. Once in law practice in Vermont, he made a career of helping Canadian clients, especially those of French-speaking Quebec, do business in the United States. He came to PF+C with the goal of broadening the firm’s cross border practice, and over the years built PF+C’s immigration and business practice with Canada.
Thanks to Bob’s never-ending enthusiasm and marketing skills, he established the firm’s reputation as a top-tier U.S. law firm that handles the business needs of clients from Quebec and other areas of Canada. When he retired two years ago, his practice smoothly transitioned to Adeline Simenon, a native of Normandy, France, who has continued and grown Bob’s immigration and international transactions practice.
Bob was a true Francophile. He spoke Parisian French that was praised by the French. He and his wife Suzanne, a native of Quebec, spent many a vacation traveling in France and enjoying its culture, wines and cuisine. Bob was an avid skier and hiker.
Bob was an extraordinary person and he will be greatly missed.