OXFORD – Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., 67, of Charlton Street, died Saturday, September 15, 2018, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joy M. (Lockwood) Grudzinskas of Oxford; two children, Jason Ellis and his wife Elaine of Pembroke, and Lisa McGarry of Oxford; two sisters, Julie Grudzinskas of Park Hill, and Christine Mancini of Spencer; four grandchildren, Rilee Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Robert McGarry, and Rachel Torres; two cousins, Cathy Erickson of Barre and Paul Cody of Chatham, and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother Michael Grudzinskas who died in 2009. He was born in Worcester, son of the late Albert and Eve (Jurgelionis) Grudzinskas, and lived in Worcester before moving to Oxford 36 years ago. He graduated from St. Peter’s High School in Worcester, Northeastern University, and received his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse College of Law.
Mr. Grudzinskas was currently the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in Law Coordinator in Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Department of Psychiatry. In addition, he was also the Director of Mental Health and Sexually Dangerous Persons Unit for the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. Previously, he worked in the Psychiatry Department at Worcester State University and was in general private practice. He was also the co-author of several mental health text books.
Mr. Grudzinskas was active in Oxford as a member of the Planning Board, Finance Committee, High School Building Committee, and Master Plan Committee. He had a great love for soccer. He was the founder and coach of the Zalgiris soccer team in the Worcester area. He coached Oxford Youth Soccer, Oxford High School soccer, and Nichol’s College soccer. He was the assistant coach of the Worcester Wildfire semi-professional soccer team. In addition, he coached the American Indoor Soccer team when they won the International Championship in Lake Placid, NY.
Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005, the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry, PO Box 3948, Parker, CO 80134, or to the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037. Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.