Norwich, Vermont – George Marvin Graves, 94, died Tuesday morning, January 10, 2012 at the Hanover Terrace Healthcare Facility in Hanover, NH. George was born March 26, 1917 in Waterbury Center, VT the son of Fred L. 1st and Ollie Mae (Davis) Graves.
He attended schools in Waterbury Center and graduated from Waterbury High School where he excelled at baseball. As a young boy George helped his father who was the Waterbury road commissioner keep the roads clear of snow. George helped build a section of VT Rte 2 and also worked on the construction of the Little River Dam. He was married to Daphine Thurston of Waterbury Center in 1939. They shared forty years of marriage.
For a short time George owned and operated the Gulf Gas Station in Windsor, VT. During the War he worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant also in Windsor, VT where they made Mae West life vests and other items for the war effort. In 1949 George moved to Massachusetts where he worked at American Biltrite Rubber Company and raised his family. In 1974 George was offered a managers position at the new Biltrite Plant in Mississippi. He retired in 1982.
George was a very active member of the Odd Fellows and held state offices in both Vermont and Massachusetts. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, wrist wrestler and golfer. He loved singing, dancing and telling jokes.
He was predeceased by his wife, two sisters, Doris Clarke, Jesse Purvee and two brothers, John Graves and Fred Graves.
George is survived by three sons and their spouses, Howard and Donna Graves of Severn, MD, George and Luann Graves of Norwich, VT, Chuck and Pamela Graves of Barre, VT, a daughter and her husband, Carol and Gregory Hachey of Beverly, MA, ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, a sister, Helen Dill of Beaufort, VA and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Saturday morning, January 14, 2012 at 10 AM at the Waterbury Center Church with Rev. John Gordon officiating. Burial will be held in the springtime in the Waterbury Center Cemetery. Knight Funeral in White River Junction, VT Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Valley Haven, 745 Hartford Ave., White River Jct., VT 05001