Remembering Rex Griswold
Rex Griswold, the inspiration behind The Rex Griswold Foundation, died peacefully in his home in Texas August 4th, 2017. He bravely battled Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), for the past 4 years.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Traci; his two sons, Park and Wilson; his mother, Janet Griswold; a brother, Tony Griswold and his spouse Kathleen; and a sister, Pam Sides and her spouse Greg.
A memorial service will be held Friday August 11th at 3:00pm at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, Plano, TX.
“Rex Griswold was a person who could literally light up a room with his big booming voice,” said Tom Hipwell, Vice President, General Manager at Nestle Waters North America and among the founders of The Rex Griswold Foundation. “He loved to laugh and meet people; all the while he was the consummate business person. No question, he changed many lives at Nestle Waters. Rex was so treasured and loved and will surely be missed.”
“I was one of the more fortunate individuals to have known Rex over the 15-plus years we worked together at Nestle Waters,” added colleague Jim Donker, Director Business Development at Nestle Waters North America. “His kindness, humor, passion, demeanor, humbleness and mentorship that he brought daily are only a few of the words in which to describe him. His courage that he displayed during his fight with the disease was done with honor and grace while also trying to help others facing the same challenges. I am honored to have known and learned from Rex. He was a true friend who I will deeply miss.”
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Born in Carrollton, MO to Park and Janet (Riemer) Griswold, October 6th, 1960, Rex was the youngest of three siblings. He spent summers working in his father’s annual vegetable garden, not always his favorite thing to do. His father would joke, “if he grew it, he did not want to eat it!” Rex’s work ethic and discipline first earned him honors as an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Central Missouri State, serving as his Fraternity President. In 1992 he met and married Traci Simpson. Together they had 2 sons, Park and Wilson.
Even though Rex had his degree in Geology, he was a salesman at heart. The Griswold family motto was ABC. Always Be Closing. He was an innovation leader and problem solver. He enjoyed a 23-year career with Nestle, most recently serving as Vice President of Sales. He took pleasure in traveling with his family, cycling, and a good glass of red wine.
Rex was a warrior for MSA. He never allowed the disease to define him. He lived each day to its fullest even when his body began to fail. When the wind direction changed, his simply adjusted his sails.
His peers established The Rex Griswold Foundation. The mission is to fund research and development of this little-known disease. The foundation has received huge support for those who loved the man who never stopped smiling.
“Rex embodied courage, as do his wife and children,” said Kay Segal, a board member of the Rex Griswold Foundation. “The nasty journey that the family endured these past years is not wished upon anyone. “They dealt with the ordeal head-on—with humor, tenderness, courage and a desire to bring information about MSA into the open.”
“Rex Griswold was a person who could literally light up a room
Nestle Waters North America
“I was one of the more fortunate individuals to have known Rex
Nestle Waters North America
“Rex was a model for us.
Midwest Retail Group
“Rex was an industry leader and very well respected.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
“For me personally, he was a gift of a friend,
“Rex embodied courage,
Business Accelerator Team
and Rex Griswold Foundation board member
“The industry lost one of the best mentors and bright lights