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BELMONT -- John Colgate Graves, 45, a resident of Straight Road, Belmont, and a former resident of Bennington, died Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at Rutland Regional Medical Center from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident in Belmont on June 21, 2005.

Born in Bennington April 19, 1960, he was the son of the late Louis G. Graves and Hope Colgate Graves, who survives. John received his education in Bennington and was a 1978 graduate of Mt. Anthony Union High School. John attended college in Hawaii and Florida. In earlier years he resided in Lake Tahoe, California, Jamaica and Key Largo, Fla. ,where he owned and operated “Ramshackles.”

He married the former Gail Wilson at the Old First Church in Old Bennington on Sept. 1, 1990.

John and Gail moved to Belmont in 1990 where they owned and operated the Belmont General Store. When the business was sold in 2000 they founded Yankee Home Management in Belmont which they continue to operate.

An avid outdoorsman, John was a certified scuba instructor who also enjoyed golf, downhill skiing, backpacking and taking his son, Dylan, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing. For several years he served as president of the Mt. Holly Community Association. He was a member of the Okemo Valley Golf Club, Sons of the American Legion and several fraternal organizations.

John and Gail were also the sponsoring parents of a child through the Christian Children’s Fund.

In 2000 he was awarded a Citizenship Award for Lifesaving by the Rutland Police Department for his efforts in saving the life of Scott LaChance on Feb. 12, 2000.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Graves and a son, Dylan Graves, both of Belmont; a step-daughter, Jennifer Densmore of Lebanon, N.H.; his mother, Hope Colgate Graves of Bennington; a brother, L. Gardner Graves Jr. of Farmington, Conn.; three sisters, Lodie Ann Graves Colvin of Bennington, Linda Graves Shanafelt of Bradenton, Fla., and Judith Graves Knight of Bennington; his father and mother-in-law, Stanley and Rita Wilson of Lebanon, N.H.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Private committal services will take place at the family lot in Mechanicsville Cemetery, Belmont.

Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of the life of John C. Graves on Monday, June 27, 2005 at 3 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall in Belmont.

Contributions in John Graves’ memory may be made to the Mt. Holly Community Association through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 25, 2005
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