Dr. Martin A. Gruber
Veterinarian in Chelmsford
Dr. Martin A. Gruber, a well known and well liked veterinarian in Chelmsford passed away peacefully in his home on November 18, 2013 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Gruber was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 29, 1935, the son of the late H. Robert and Florence Gruber. He received his BS from Michigan State University and his DVM from New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, class of 1962.
While at Cornell, he met his beloved wife, Bettyann, Cornell '60. They married in 1960. In 1963 they moved to Chelmsford and started the Chelmsford Animal Clinic at 11 Fletcher Street. His practice included both small and large animals with the many surrounding farms in the area at that time. He continued his small animal practice and retired after 42 years. He was happy to have the practice continue in competent hands of the new owners in 2005.
Dr. Gruber was a charter member of the Chelmsford Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Association; American Veterinary Association, affiliate member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Board of Directors member of the Lowell Humane Society. He was a Chelmsford Town Meeting Representative for 13 years and Town of Chelmsford Animal Inspector for over 40 years.
Dr. Gruber was a member of Vesper Country Club for over 40 years and was treasurer of the golf tournament committee for many years. He loved his Wednesday golf game with great friends and finally won the Lamson Cup with Betty in 2011. As charter member of the Chelmsford Swim and Tennis Club, he and his family also enjoyed many years of friendships and tennis. Another favorite pastime was going in to watch the Boston Bruins.
Since 1996 he and Betty enjoyed a home at StoneyBrook Golf and Country Club in Sarasota, Florida where he made more wonderful friends, played golf, card games and had fun.
What made him happiest was his family, Bettyann (Cohen) Gruber, his son, Dr. Ronald D. Gruber, DVM and his wife, Susan of Avon, Colorado, his daughter, Wendy Segal, JD and her husband, John of Chelmsford and his 5 grandchildren, Allison and Robert Gruber, Julia, Abigail and Samuel Segal. It was so much fun teaching and playing gin rummy with them and watching them grow into wonderful people.
He would like to thank Dr. Blair Ardman, the nurses and caregivers at the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center.
GRUBER -- His funeral service will take place at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA at 11:30 am on Thursday. Burial to follow at Temple Beth El Cemetery, Waverly Avenue, Chelmsford, MA. Memorial observances will take place on Thursday from 6 to 8 pm and Friday from 1 to 4 pm at Dr. Gruber's home.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to, may make a contribution in memory of Dr. Gruber to New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center or a
. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St. CHELMSFORD. For online condolences please visit www.BLAKEFUNERALHOME.COM
Published in Lowell Sun on Nov. 19, 2013
Blake Funeral Home
24 Worthen Street Chelmsford, MA 01824