Rev. Fr. Thomas Joseph Grilliot, 71, of Piqua, joined his Lord and Savior peacefully Monday September 10, 2012 at Mercy Siena Woods Care Community of Dayton. He was born December 29, 1940 in Dayton to the late John B. and Bernadette (Koesters) Grilliot.
Survivors include two sisters, Jean Dickens of Huber Heights, Rose (Martin) Kuntz of San Rafael, California; a niece Janet M. Dickens; and two nephews, David B. Dickens and Christopher Kuntz. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Grilliot, Juris Doctor.
Fr. Grilliot was a graduate of Chaminade High School, earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton and obtained his Doctorate degree in mathematics through Duke University. He served as a Professor at Penn State University for five years prior to acting on his discernment to serve as a Roman Catholic Priest by furthering his education at Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West, Cincinnati, until his solemn Ordination into the Priesthood June 5, 1976 at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati by Archbishop Joseph L. Bernadin.
Father Grilliot received his first assignment on June 25, 1976 as an Associate Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church, Deer Park. In August 1977 he was appointed Associate Pastor at St. Mary Church, Springfield and also part-time Chaplain at Community Hospital, Springfield. In January 1980, Father Grilliot was appointed Associate Pastor of St. Ann Church, Groesbeck. In September 1981 he was appointed a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana for the 1981/82 academic year. In June 1982, he was reassigned as Associate Pastor at St. Ann's Church in Cincinnati. In January 1983, he was appointed Temporary Associate Pastor at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Eaton. Father Grilliot was then appointed Associate Pastor at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Dayton in July 1985. In August 1986, he was appointed in residence at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Eaton while teaching at Miami University, Oxford. During his years of ministry, Father Grilliot also served as Pastor of St. Patrick Church, Glenwood(1988-1994); St. John Church, Fryburg (1993-1994); Church of the Transfiguration, West Milton (1994-1999) and St. Mary Church Piqua (2000-2006). During the years he was serving as Pastor of the aforementioned Parishes, he was appointed Temporary Administrator of Sacred Heart Church, McCartyville (1991), Holy Trinity Church, Norwood (1999) and St. Boniface Church, Piqua (2005). In July 2006, he was appointed Parochial Vicar to the Pastor of St. Mary and St. Boniface Churches in Piqua until his retirement in 2011 when the Parishes continued to benefit from his ministry even through his illness.
He was an active member of the Piqua Rotary Club having been awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award on multiple occasions and he was a member and Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Council #3344. In addition to his spiritual ministry and community interests, he enjoyed playing golf, Bridge, reading and walking.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Thursday September 20, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Broadway, Piqua with Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as the Celebrant. A public Reception Of The Body into church will begin at 4:00 pm Wednesday with Rev. Fr. Angelo C. Caserta, former Pastor of St. Boniface Parish, presiding with Rev. Fr. Steven L. Shoup, Dean of the Sidney area Deanery, assisting. Following the service Fr. Grilliot will be lying in repose in the Church until 8:00 pm when a Knights of Columbus service will be held. Visitation will resume at 9:00 am until 10:45 am on Thursday at the Church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at St. Louis Cemetery, North Star. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fr. Thomas J. Grilliot Scholarship Fund, for Piqua Catholic School, 310 S. Downing St., Piqua, OH 45356. Arrangements are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.