John E. Grainger, who for a time played minor league baseball for the Chicago White Sox, died on July 10 at his home in Falmouth. He was 81.
Mr. Grainger was born in Newton, the son of the late Arthur and Louise (Ryan) Grainger.
He was predeceased by his wife, Diane (Withrow) Grainger.
After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Waltham, he attended Boston College, where he played baseball. While a student at Boston College, he began spending his summers in Falmouth.
Mr. Grainger continued to play baseball in the minor leagues after graduating from college. Later, he owned and operated R.B. Johnson Jewelry Company, the oldest retail business in Waltham, before retiring full time to Falmouth.
In addition to playing baseball, he enjoyed passing along his knowledge of the game to his grandsons. Mr. Grainger also enjoyed playing golf.
He leaves his two daughters, Christen Grainger of Waltham and Diana Perito and her husband, Leo Perito, of Falmouth; his son, John Grainger of Falmouth; and his grandsons, Nick and Chris Perito of Falmouth.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 14, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth.
A funeral Mass will be said on Tuesday, July 15, at 10 AM in St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.
Burial will be private.