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773 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-893-6260
Fax: 781-893-5965
Waltham Police Officer Charles Gryska

Waltham Police Officer Charles C. "Charlie" Gryska

Thursday, January 9th, 1986 - Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Waltham Police Officer Charles "Charlie" C. Gryska

Of Wayland and formerly of Medfield, age 33, passed away peacefully at home on December 6, 2019 following a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Officer Gryska was born on January 9, 1986 in Newton, MA to Dr. Paul vonRyll Gryska and Margaret (Holmes) Gryska. He was a 2004 graduate of Medfield High School and a 2008 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and was a Captain of the Football Team. It was Charlie’s life-long dream to pursue a career in the law enforcement field. In 2012, he graduated from the New England Regional Police Institute and was simultaneously working as a member of the Security Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Upon being hired as a member of the Waltham Police Department in 2015, Charlie attended the Reading Police Academy and began his work as a patrolman.

Officer Gryska cherished spending time with family, especially his wife and three children. He loved “date nights” with his wife, Jackie, and he found great pride in watching his son, Jack, play soccer, his son, Bryce attend his first day of pre-school and his daughter, Abby, take her first steps. He also loved spending time with his family during the summer on Cape Cod and in Maine.

Aside from his passion for law enforcement, Charlie was an avid New England sports fan. He enjoyed cheering on the New England Patriots and accompanied his oldest son to his first Red Sox and Celtics games earlier this year.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife and college sweetheart, Jacqueline (McManus) Gryska and his three children, Jack, Bryce, and Abby; his father and step-mother, Paul vonRyll Gryska and Catherine Purcell-Gryska; his mother, Margaret Holmes Gryska; his brother, Erik Gryska; his sister and her husband, Elizabeth and Michael Rice; his in-laws, Paul and Dolores McManus; his sister-in-law and her husband, Kara and Frank Pagliuca; and five nieces, Kiley, Mikayla, Halsey, Emma, and Henley.

Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend Funeral Services in celebration of Charlie's Life from the Brasco & Sons Memorial Funeral Home, 773 Moody Street, WALTHAM on Friday Dec. 13th at 8:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Help of Christian Church, 573 Washington Street, Newton at 10:30 am. Services will conclude with Waltham Police Honors in recognition of Charlie's faithful and honorable service to the City of Waltham. Visiting Hours will be held in the Brasco & Sons Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday Dec. 12th from 3 - 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances in Officer Gryska’s name can be made to the #whynotdevin Foundation to End DIPG. Devin Suau, a 6-year-old boy who dreamed of becoming a policeman, died in 2017 after an 8-month long battle with brain cancer. The address is 5 Laclede Ave. Framingham, MA 01701.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapel Waltham
    Address
    773 Moody St.
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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  • Service

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, December 13th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Our Lady Help of Christians Church
    Address
    573 Washington Street
    Newton, MA 02458
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We have wonderful memories of the sailing days with Flemish Cap, Gossamer Wings, and Wisch Bone and all our kids playing together. We are sending you our deepest sympathies. Melanie and Paul Wagner and Family
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Charlie will be in our hearts forever. The Altenhein/Mcmanus family
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Jackie: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. We love you.
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Jackie & family - We are so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Peace, prayers & blessings,
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