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Edward "Joe" Grover

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LONDONDERRY -- Edward “Joe” Grover, 82, of Hell’s Peak Road, died Friday afternoon, June 11, 2004 at the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland.

He was born in Londonderry on May 23, 1922, a son of Wallace and Marion (Gibson) Grover and attended local schools and graduated from Chester High School where he played on both the baseball and basketball teams. He was scouted by the Boston Red Sox as a pitching prospect.

Truck driving and construction were pursued until service in the armed forces intervened. Joe served with the Marine Corps in the South Pacific as a corporal, where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. He also played on the Marine baseball team at Camp Lejeune. Upon discharge from the Marines, Mr. Grover worked for a service company and joined the U.S. Postal Service, where he retired as postmaster. He also worked on the Bromley Ski Patrol, was head greenskeeper at Tater Hill Golf Course and worked as a greenskeeper at the Equinox Golf Course.

Joe enjoyed skiing, golf, hunting and was an avid stamp collector. He was founder, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Wantastiquet Rotary Club, a member of the Professional Ski Patrol Association, longtime member of the Manchester Lions Club, where he served as a director and a member of the scholarship committee. He was a longtime member and active in founding the Londonderry American Legion Post 82. He served as school director as well as town auditor for the town of Londonderry. He was also a member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans and served as scoutmaster. Joe was also a member of the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield.

On March 3, 1946, he was married to the former Helen Hakey in St. Albans.

He is survived by his wife Helen; a daughter Cheryl and her husband Ronald Wilcox of Manchester; a daughter Bonnie and her husband William Lafleur, formerly of Belchertown, Mass; five grandchildren, Sara and Gregory Wilcox of Manchester and Emily, Ann and Katie Lafleur of Boston; a nephew Wallace Grover of Florida. He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Lawrence Grover, and a nephew Kevin Grover.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning, June 15 at 10 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church in Londonderry. Pastor Laurie Kroos will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery in Londonderry. There are no visitation hours.

The family would like memorial contributions in Mr. Grover’s memory be made to the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic in Londonderry or to the Rutland Hospital Community Cancer Center, care of Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.
Published in Bennington Banner from June 12 to June 14, 2004
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