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John R. Granato Obituary
John R. Granato WATERVLIET - On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, John R. Granato, 96, a talented musician and true gentleman, went to join his beloved wife Jane and the rest of his family to sing with the angels. Born on April 26, 1918, he was the son of the late Orazio (Harry) and Lena Charles Granato of Watervliet. John was the husband of the late Jane T. Jacon Granato who died in 1973. A lifelong resident of Watervliet, John was a graduate of Watervliet High School class of 1937 and Troy Business College. He worked at the Watervliet Arsenal for over 35 years and was Director of Payroll, retiring in 1977. He received many commendations and achievement awards during his time of service and helped to get jobs there for many of his family and friends. In addition to his full time job, John was a musician and great singer. Well known all over the area, John could have gone on to stardom but didn’t want the kind of life that would take him away from his family. He may be gone, but his voice will be with us all forever. He was a self-taught musician, playing the bass violin, tuba, violin, piano and organ. In the 1940’s people packed the Hendrick Hudson Hotel in Troy to hear his big band “Johnny Granato & his Orchestra”. He was an area legend, playing all the night spots of the day like the Sunset Inn, Mario’s and Faye’s. Later on, his son John (Skip) played drums with him in his quartet. In addition, John’s love of classical music led him to be the longest standing member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra with 54 years of membership. He was Principal Bassist in both the Albany and Schenectady Symphony Orchestra’s. John proudly served his country in WWII as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army. Stationed in Georgia and Florida, he gave countless people joy with his voice and music during a time of extreme uncertainty for our country. A communicant of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Watervliet, John was a member of the Holy Name Society and was the recipient of the Christian Service Award in 1999 for his service to Mt. Carmel. John used his voice to honor God by singing mass at Mt. Carmel every week. He also played and sang weddings, sometimes with his daughter Lynn accompanying him on the organ, and funerals. He presently was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Shrine Church in Troy. Above all, John’s greatest love was for his family. He always took care of everyone else, even as a young boy, working in the barber shop and peddling papers to bring money home for them. He had a strong work ethic, with one of his favorite sayings being “You learn by doing”. He was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather, who was a wonderful role model for his family. Lake George was one of his favorite spots where he spent many summer vacations with his family. Besides his voice, John will be remembered for having a great sense of humor, being generous, talented, an animal lover, a classy dresser and for his beautiful smile that we will miss! John is survived by his loving daughter Lynn (Michael) Bessette, and son John “Skip” (Maria) Granato. Cherished grandfather of Luke Anthony (his Big Luke) and Vanessa Jane (his Little Doll) Granato. And also his beloved “Little Boy” Maxie, his grand dog, and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Frank, Dominick, Harry Jr. and Rose Granato, Mary Verni and Gloria Tangredi. Thanks go out to the doctors and nurses at the Stratton VA Medical Center, Unit 9 B, all his home health aides and especially, Patrisha Greene, for all the wonderful care they gave to John. The funeral will be Monday at 9:15 am from the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet and at 10 am at St. Anthony of Padua Shrine Church in Troy. Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Watervliet. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3-6 pm. Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.
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Published in The Record on Aug. 15, 2014
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