James Donald Grabau, 70, of East Bridgewater, passed quietly at home surrounded by his loving family Sunday morning, July 7, 2013. He was the son of the late Philip R. and Eva M. (Silver) Grabau. Jim, as he was known to his friends, had just celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife Karen (Grasse) Grabau on July 6. Jim is survived by his wife, Karen; his daughter, Sherrie and her husband Gregg Bates, and their children, Theresa, AJ, Lea, and Amanda, daughter, Jodie and her husband Doug Glidden, and their children, Abigail and Emily, his son, Thomas and his wife Kim, and their children, Christopher, Erin, and Devon, daughter, Heidi and her partner Keith, and their son, James. He was also blessed with three great-grandchildren, Joshua, TJ and Emma. Jim was second youngest of a family of nine brothers and sisters. He leaves behind his brothers Russell, Phillip, Thomas; and sisters, Eva Jane Crosby, and Phyllis Bolinder. He was predeceased by his sister Muriel Johnson, and brothers Richard, and Paul. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. During his life, Jim cherished his affiliations with his Masonic organizations and the Order of Eastern Star. His greatest joy within these affiliations was his year in the Grand East serving as Worthy Grand Patron along with Mrs. Pamela R. Main in 2004. He was a member of the Masons for 46 years and the Order of Eastern Star for 37 years. He was a member of Satucket Lodge AM & FM and Paul Revere Lodge AM & FM, past High Priest of Mt. Zion Royal Arch and an honorary member of Satucket Pilgrim Royal Arch, past Illustrious Master of Brockton Abington Council and past Commander of Bay State Commandery. He was also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Valley of Southeastern Massachusetts. Jim was a past Patron of the former Herbert F. French Chapter now Brockton Chapter No. 87, past Patron of Braintree Chapter No. 167 and past Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter Of Massachusetts, Order of the Eastern Star. The family extends their deepest appreciation to the nurses and health care providers of Steward Hospice for the loving care they gave Jim in his last few months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts with notation for Alzheimer's or to the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts Educational Fund notation Seafarers Scholarship and sent to Grand Chapter of MA, OES, P.O. Box 600583, Newtonville, MA 02460-0006. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, July 12, at the Brockton Masonic Building, 279 Prospect St., Brockton, with calling hour from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., a Commandery service at 7 p.m. and the Eastern Star service at 7:15 p.m. A collation will follow. For online guest book, visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com. Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason 508-697-4332
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98 Bedford Street Bridgewater, MA 02324
Published in The Enterprise on July 10, 2013