James Gritman, 72
James William Gritman, 72, of Silver Springs, Florida, and formerly of Block Island, R.I. died Aug. 4, 2016 at his Florida home with his family by his side.
Jim was born Oct. 3, 1943 in Bridgeport, Conn., to the late Clifford L. and Florence E. Gritman. He was a lifelong musician and a professional painter for many years. Jim moved to Block Island in the fall of 1982 after falling in love with the island years before. An avid fisherman, Jim was never happier than when he was captain of his much-loved F/V Riff Raff.
He devoted much of his off time to performing with his good friends as drummer of the Island Band.
After a move to Florida in 1988, he could be found each summer driving a cab on the island. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Linda Ann Gritman; his daughter, Kimberly Gritman Wilson and husband Sean, of R.I.; son, James Clifford Gritman and Elizabeth of Vermont; six grandchildren, Tyler, Maranda, Nathan, Keith, Sebastian, Rhiannon; and one great grandchild, James.
A celebration of his life will be held at Cooneymous Beach on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. with a reception directly following at the Wilson house, 897 Cooneymus Rd.