Patrick J. Gravage, 82, of Billings, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at his residence at Highgate Senior Living Center.
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Pat was born on Nov. 13, 1930 in Scranton, Pa. to Peter and Celesta (Mahon) Gravage. He lived his early life in Scranton, graduating from Minooka High School. Pat enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1954, serving in the Philippine Islands.
On Dec. 28, 1954 Pat married Sheila McCarthy in Townsend, Mont. He received his Masters of Education from Montana State College. Pat was a teacher and coach in Geraldine and Townsend until accepting a teaching position in Livingston in 1963. Pat spent the rest of his career in Livingston as a teacher and principal. He was well known as a sports official in football, basketball, and baseball at both high school and college levels. Pat retired from the Livingston school system in 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila of Billings; son, Dan (Lynda) of Livingston; daughters, Diane (Jim) Ridgway and Kathryn (Damion), all of Billings; son, John (Annette) of Thornton, Colo.; nine grandsons, Dugan (Valerie), Vann (Caitlyn), and Miles (Melanie) Gravage, Jason, Brian (Jenn) and Stephen Ridgway, Andy (Karissa) Gravage, and Michael and Jordan Gravage; six great-grandchildren; and a very special couple, Peggy and Stacy Biel. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Gavala of Scranton, Pa.; brother-in-law, Robert Wagner of Scranton, Pa.; sister-in-law, Judy McCarthy of Bozeman and Scottsdale, Ariz.; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ann Wagner, all of Scranton, Pa.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Livingston. Reception to follow. Inurnment will be at a later date in Townsend, Mont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice or the Alzheimer's Foundation.
A special thank you to the staff at Highgate Senior Living and Rocky Mountain Hospice for their extraordinary care and compassion.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through "Our Families."
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 6, 2012