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Jim Grohl, father of rock star, dies at 75

Published: Fri, August 8, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.




Jim Grohl of Howland, the father of rock star Dave Grohl, died Wednesday morning at age 75 after a battle with cancer.

There will be no funeral, but a memorial service will take place at a later date, said Grohl’s wife, Renie. A tribute to Grohl is on page A7.

Jim Grohl started as a journalist and worked as a reporter for The Vindicator in the 1960s, manning the newspaper’s Warren bureau.

A Niles native and graduate of Niles High School, he attended Wesleyan and Youngstown universities.

Grohl began his career as a reporter for the Niles Daily Times in 1959 and went to the Painesville Telegraph in 1961. After serving in the Army from 1961-64, he returned to the Painesville Telegraph. He came to The Vindicator in 1966.

Grohl joined the staff of the Robert A. Sherman Advertising Agency in Warren in 1968. He then took a job in the Washington bureau of Scripps-Howard Newspapers in 1972.

He later served as special assistant to Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, and finished his career as senior vice president of the U.S. Savings and Loan League and as a political Consultant in Washington, D.C.

Grohl and his ex-wife, Virginia (Hanlon), have two children: Lisa of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Dave (married to Jordyn) of Encino, Calif. He also has three grandchildren (Violet, Harper and Ophelia); a nephew, Brian Grohl of Los Angeles; and a niece, Sara Grohl of Arlington, Va.

He is survived by his wife, Renie (Yoshida), and his brother, Tom, of Howland.

Dave Grohl was born Jan. 14, 1969, in Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren. He moved with his mother to Virginia when he was 3, but he returned to the Warren area for summer visits with his father while he was growing up. Dave Grohl rose to fame as the drummer for Nirvana, the groundbreaking early-1990s band led by the late Kurt Cobain. He was inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame this year as part of Nirvana.

In 1994, Grohl founded Grammy-winning band Foo Fighters and is the band’s guitarist and vocalist.

In 2009, the city of Warren renamed a downtown alley for Dave Grohl, decorating it in his honor. The rocker came to the dedication.


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