GRAM, Sr., Richard Conway
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Richard C. Gram, Sr., of Boynton Beach, passed away unexpectedly on Monday evening, August 26, 2013. He was 85 years old. Richard often wore a baseball cap bearing the caption, "Rich in Name Only" but he knew that his riches came in the form of his six children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He would regale anyone who would listen with the exploits of these people, whom he deeply loved. Richard could also have won "American Idol" if only they had had a category for "Senior Karaoke performer". He was the self-described "Karaoke King of South Florida", performing in local establishments as often as his voice and stamina would allow, typically several nights per week. Richard was born in Evanston, IL, on March 1, 1928, attended high school in Kansas City, MO, and graduated from Northwestern University. His college studies were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army, where he was a member of the occupying forces in Japan. Richard had three careers, first as executive director of local Chambers of Commerce, ending in Lynn, MA. He then spent a number of years in sales, before completing his working career as an urban planner for Palm Beach County. In retirement, he was very active as a volunteer with the Lake Worth Head Start program and sang in the choir at the Boynton Beach Congregational Church. In addition to his large family, he is survived by his former wife, Margaret Gram, of Acton, MA, and his companion, Ruth Mauro, of Boynton Beach. He was predeceased by his second wife, Christine Gram. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, 2013