Aaron Bruce Grattidge
December 14, 1941 - August 12, 2020
In loving memory of Aaron Grattidge, we are saddened to announce his passing on August 12, after fighting daily with long time illnesses. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arlo and Esther Grattidge, and brother, Virgil, all of Wellington, Ks. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice, his two sons, Brad and Brian and families, three step children, Jeff, Jim, and Jenni Biggs and families, and his sister, Leila Casey.
Aaron was married to his high school sweetheart, Janice Bauersfeld, He lived life to its fullest, with a focused career in music that sent him to the tops as one of the 4 Lads, a popular singing group in the 50's and 60's. Although Aaron was not one of the originals, his voice blended in with the distinctive sounds created by the original four and he enjoyed years of performances. Aaron loved every aspect of the magical world of entertainment - the glamour and glitter were what ignited his personality and talent on stage. During his time between public appearances, he enjoyed being a disc jockey on a program called 'Song of Oldies' with a local radio station in Topeka, Ks.. Aaron's passing brings an end to the 4 Lads performing on stage, but their music will bring back memories of love and romance to many still today!
Those who knew Aaron can relate to his love of sports and being with family and friends. You might say that he "lived on stage' as he could keep his audience in 'stitches' with his limited less jokes and stories.
No service is planned. The family wishes you to remember Aarron through the music he loved and the stories he told. The music of the 4 Lads will give us a smile as it is timeless in our hearts.
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Contributions may be given in Aarons name to PBS in Topeka. – https://ktwu.org/members/make-a-memorial-or-tribute-gift/
Please send your check (payable to KTWU Public Television) to:
Betty Lou Pardue
KTWU Public Television
1700 SW College
Topeka, KS 66621
Aaron began his singing career as Boy Singer with the famous Dick Jurgens Band, and the even more famous Jan Garber Orchestra. The Four Lads heard him one night, and when Bernie Toorish, the second tenor, decided to retire he felt that Aaron was the man for the job. That was over 30 years ago, and Aaron has been a fixture in the group ever since, recording with the group on their "10 MILLION AND STILL COUNTING" album. He feels it is a great honor to be part of The Four Lads, and the Lads are honored to have him.