Granville Ames Beals

Coventry, R.I. - Granville Ames Beals, recently a resident of Coventry, R.I., died on Oct. 24, 2013, following a recurrence of cancer.

He was born in Warwick, R.I., on Aug. 12, 1923, to Granville Ames Beals Sr. and Phyllis Elizabeth (Winter) Beals. He was educated at Moses Brown School in Providence and attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. He left Dartmouth in 1943, to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following basic training, he transferred to the U.S. Naval Air Service and trained as a pilot. He was due to be sent to the west coast for duty in the Pacific when the Japanese surrendered.

Having married in 1944, he elected to pursue a career as a Navy pilot. He completed his bachelor of arts degree while serving as a recruiting officer in Boston and planned to retire from the Navy after 20 years service. However, the Cuban Missile Crisis intervened, postponing his retirement until 1964, and he soon after joined Harbridge House, a Boston management and consulting firm.

His work eventually took him to New London, where he moored his boat in the Mystic River and was for many years able to indulge his lifelong love of sailing. After he retired from Harbridge House, he earned an MBA from the University of New Haven and continued to work on the water. He obtained a Mariner's License which placed him in high demand for various harbour projects in the Northeast, including one on a tugboat which hauled mud dredged from the Mystic River channel and dropped it out at sea. He also volunteered at the Mystic Seaport, taking visitors along the Mystic River in their 100-year old coal-fired steamboat. Fortunately, he was well enough last summer to enjoy an occasional day of sailing with friends.

He moved to Rhode Island when his health deteriorated, and he became increasingly reliant on his oldest daughter, Patricia Gould, for assistance.

Following successful treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and rehabilitation at Riverview Nursing Home, he moved into an apartment at New England Bay Assisted Living in Coventry.

He married three times and is survived by his sister and his brother, his seven daughters, and eight grandchildren.

Burial in Arlington National Cemetery will be private.

Published in The Day on Feb. 4, 2014