Obituary: Remembering Longtime Foxborough Resident Walter J. Groves Sr.

Walter J. Groves Sr., 90, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. He was a Foxborough resident for 41 years.

Beloved Father and Grandfather

Walter John Groves, Sr., age 90, died on Sunday, Jan .20, 2013 at his home in North Attleboro. Walter was the son of the late Walter John Groves and Madeline (Gately) Groves.

Walter was born and raised in Boston and was a 1940 graduate of Hyde Park High School. In 1943 he joined the Navy and proudly served his country during WWII as a Seabee, travelling the world, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon and Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, 1 star.

After returning home in 1946 he became very involved with ballroom dancing on rollerskates, which led him to competitive skating all over New England, and meeting his future wife. His “home” rink was ChezVous in Dorchester where he made many lifelong friends. His grandchildren all were taught to skate by their Papa at the Norwood Roller Rink, and have wonderful memories of those lessons.

He was married to Edna McCarthy on Sept. 12, 1948 in Dorchester, and they were married 58 years before her passing. He began raising his family in Boston until moving to Foxborough in 1959 and remained in Foxborough until 2000, then moved to North Attleboro.

Walter was the owner of a service station in Roslindale, until becoming a licensed electrician for different hotels, contractors and himself. He was a long time VFW member and a member of the “Mens Fighters Breakfast Club” which met monthly in Dorchester and reminisced with older boxing champions of the past. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan, attending games over many years.

Beloved husband of the late of Edna (McCarthy) Groves, father of Kathleen and husband John Pritchard, Walter “Chip” Groves, Nancy Tisbert, Marianne Groves, William and wife Kathleen, and Lisa and husband Michael Pratt. He was also the grandfather of 8, great grandfather of 3, soon to be 4. He was predeceased by four sisters and three brothers.

Funeral Information

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxborough. A private family burial will be held at a later date. For additional information please contact (508) 543-5471. To light a special candle in Walter’s memory please visit the funeral home website at www.robertsadnsonsfuneralhome.com.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers donations in Walter’s memory may be made to The Foxborough Veterans Administration, 40 South St., Foxborough, MA 02035.  

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