On Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, Hank Grote passed away at 75 years old after a three year battle with a rare form of dementia.
He was born Harris Grotenstein on Nov. 25, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, to Karl Grotenstein and Gertrude (Soloff) Grotenstein. He graduated from Miami Edison High School in 1962. After a few years of community college, Hank became the youngest pilot to be hired by TWA. He flew for them 20 years, out of St. Louis, Los Angeles, and finally San Diego.
He married Laura Divine in October of 1975. After moving to Coronado shortly afterwards, they had four children together: Jennifer, Michael, Cara, and Eric. Hank and Laura divorced in 1990.
Hank was an avid member of Mensa, the Coronado Yacht Club, and several Meetups. He loved to dance, to sail, and to have no plans. Hank was known for cracking jokes and making faces like Lucille Ball.
Hank is preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Sophia Grote. He is survived by his four children, six grandchildren, brother Lawrence Greenman, his sister Rickey Tambe.
A small memorial service will be determined after COVID-19 for friends and family at the Yacht Club. His family will spread his ashes at sea privately. In the meantime, raise your glass to the sea at sunset and remember him fondly.