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Remembering Jacob "Jake" Waldrip


Grayson Collin Electric Cooperative

October 3, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the untimely passing of a beloved coworker and dear friend, Mr. Jacob “Jake” Waldrip. Our entire Co-op Family is deeply saddened by this loss, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones affected by this tragedy.

In honor and memory of Jake Waldrip and to allow our Co-op Family the opportunity to pay their respects, Grayson-Collin Electric Co-op will be temporarily closed on Thursday, October 5th, 2023.

Jake played a large role in not only our operations team but an even bigger part in our Co-op Family.  Jake served as a lineman and staking engineer for approximately 20 years.  As we continue to work through this tremendous loss of a member of our Co-op family and dear friend, we ask that you please keep his family, loved ones and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

As Jakes wife, Heather, said “He deserves to be celebrated.” Jake loved his family and friends, and though we mourn the passing of Jake, we will always remember his warm smile, his playful demeanor, and continued efforts to always go the extra mile for his loved ones.

We appreciate your understanding and support during this difficult time.  We will have Dispatchers and service crews ready to handle any outages that may occur. We thank our extended Co-op Family from Fannin Electric Co-op for volunteering to serve our members while we are at the services for Jake.

We will resume normal business operations on Friday, October 6th, 2023, and we are committed to serving you with the same dedication and excellence that you have come to expect from us.

Thank you for your understanding and empathy during this challenging time.

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