We send our condolences to the family and friends of John Gryska, father of two Wellesley children, who died from injuries sustained during a car crash on the corner of Route 9 and Oak St. in Natick on Sunday morning 6:30 am, August 7. Gryska was driving his son to Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, where his son has been working as a caddie this summer.
An oncoming car hit the driver’s side of the Gryska’s car. Gryska was transported by ambulance to Beth Israel where heroic measures were taken by the trauma team, but he did not survive his injuries.
He was a graduate of Weston High School and earned both his BA and his MBA from Northeastern University.
Before tackling the challenges of life after college, Gryska spent time on the ocean, as he had for many summers of his youth. Fluent in Norwegian, and an avid sailor and adventurer, he worked as a crew member on the Saga Siglar, a 54-foot replica of a Viking ship.
He later served as a Ship’s Officer on the Soren Larsen, a 145-foot, British Brigantine tall ship where he said on his Linked In profile that he “sailed across the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to Florida. Across the state through the Intracoastal Waterway and out to the Bahamas. Then across the Caribbean to Columbia and on to Panama. From there we sailed across the Pacific. Stopping at many islands. Up the coast of Australia to Singapore then across the Indian ocean to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. Across the Mediterranean to Italy then up the Rhone river in France through the canals to Paris and out the Seine to the English Channel and London. Then across the North Sea to Denmark then Sweden and Norway sailing around the coast to Aalesund.”
He also gave back by educating others at Sea Semester in Woods Hole and as a mate on board the voyager the Christian Radich, a 275 ft. full rigged Norwegian sailing ship where he trained students in the skills of navigation seamanship and project management
When not at sea or with his children, John spent time in the boardrooms of Fidelity, and most recently as a Vice President and Trust Officer at First Financial Trust in Wellesley Hills.
Gryska leaves his two children, Jay and Go-go, and their mother Katie Sullivan, as well as dozens, if not hundreds, of family, friends, and co-workers.
The services will be held at 10am on Saturday, August 13 at St. Andrews Church, 79 Denton Rd., Wellesley.