Date of release: November 21, 2016
A ceremony will be held this Friday, November 25 at 3 p.m. to dedicate the roadway in front of Wilson Stage along the riverfront between Broadway and Kentucky as PJ Grumley River Drive. The ceremony will be held adjacent to the sidewalk as you enter the riverfront from Broadway. A bronze plaque that will be embedded in the roadway has been designed.
Mayor Gayle Kaler says, “PJ Grumley, a former city commissioner who served from 1975 to 1998, was a pioneer in the fast food business in Paducah. Mr. Grumley was a mentor to many young people and treated everyone fairly.”
Kaler adds, “He loved our beautiful river and enjoyed sitting there with his wife. His family continues the tradition of keeping his legacy alive. It is a pleasure to remember him this way.”
Grumley, a World War II veteran, enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and served in the South Pacific.
In addition to serving as Paducah City Commissioner with seven years as mayor pro tem, Grumley owned and operated Burger Chef restaurants from 1962 until 1988.
Grumley, an Indiana native, moved to Paducah in 1962. In addition to his roles as businessman and city commissioner, Grumley served terms as president of the following organizations: Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, Retail Merchants Association, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and the Lion’s Club. He also served on various boards including Paducah Transit Authority, Purchase Area Housing Corporation, Paducah Waterworks, American Red Cross, Purchase Area Economic Council, Carson Park Board, and Paducah-McCracken County Senior Citizens Board.
Grumley, 90, died April 7 at Superior Care Home.