Dr. William Grote, general practitioner

William J. Grote, M.D., of 36 Catoonah Street, a longtime general practitioner in New York and Yonkers, died at his home Saturday morning, June 29. He was 84 and the husband of the late Martha Meany Grote.
A native of New York City, Dr. Grote was born on March 14, 1918, a son of the late William J. Sr. and Anna Egan Grote. He attended Yonkers schools, Roosevelt High School and graduated from Fordham University and Lavalle University Medical School in Quebec.
During World War II, Dr. Grote served as a medical officer stationed in Panama with the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain.
Dr. Grote was a general practitioner who began his career in an era when physicians still made house calls. His first practice was in the city — he was “a country doctor in the Bronx,” said his son-in-law, Terence Reddington — and many of his patients were among the poor.
He later moved his practice to Yonkers.
Before his retirement, Dr. Grote was a member of the medical staffs of the Morrisania, Union and Our Lady of Mercy hospitals.
He was a member and former president of the board of Union Hospital, and belonged to the Bronx County Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Grote lived much of his life in Crestwood, N.Y., where he attended Annunciation Church and served on its parish council. He moved to Ridgefield in 1997 and belonged to St. Mary’s Church.
An avid golfer, he was a member of the Leewood Golf Club of Eastchester, N.Y., and the Winged Foot Golf Club of Mamaroneck, N.Y. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and was a fan of the New York Yankees.
Dr. Grote is survived by a daughter, Barbara Reddington and her husband Terence of Ridgefield; a son, William J. Grote III and his wife Judy of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Bernadette Hild of Crestwood, N.Y., and Dolores Kelty of Yardley, Pa.; six grandchildren, Kristen Reddington of King of Prussia, Pa., Brian and Tim Reddington of Ridgefield, and Randy, Billy and Pam Grote, all of Cincinnati; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday afternoon in St. Mary's Church. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Contributions in Dr. Grote's memory may be made to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
The Kane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.