Horace R. Grover Jr.

Jan 14, 2019
Horace Grover Jr.

Rockland — Horace R. Grover Jr., 74, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport after an extended illness.

Born in Rockland Dec. 22, 1944, he was one of six children of Horace R. Sr. and Margarete Millay Grover.

At 4 1/2 he began his education, attending the one-room schoolhouse on Benner Hill in Rockland. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1962.

Horace's first employment was with Keating's Transmissions in Rockland.

In 1966, Horace entered the Army. Upon completion of basic training in Virginia Beach, Va., he was assigned to the Amphibian Unit loading and unloading ships. He finished his tour of duty in Munich.. He was assigned to gate duty on the base as a security guard and received his honorable discharge in November 1968.

Returning home to Rockland, Horace began employment with Fisher Engineering. He worked his way up from packing snowplow parts to welding, which he did for 17 years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration, he became a buyer/purchaser. At the time of his retirement, Horace was the longest-tenured employee at Fisher Engineering/Douglas Dynamics, with 47 years, 7 months and 9 days' total employment.

In 1968, he met his wife, Kay, and they raised three daughters, Denise, Stacey and Kristy. He enjoyed spending time with his girls camping, fishing, playing sports, and just being with them. He also loved being a grandfather and great-grandfather and enjoyed quality time spent with his family.

Horace loved reading, playing pool and fast-pitch men's softball. He volunteered with the Boosters Club and parents group. He was a member of the SAD 5, School Board for seven years, and since 1988 had been a member of the city of Rockland Zoning Board of Appeals, where he was chairman for most of those years.

He was a Life Member of the Rockland lodge of Elks, No, 1008, and assisted with the book about the history of the club. Horace and his wife attended the West Rockport Baptist Church. He will be missed by his family and friends, as he was a kind and loving person who always had a smile on his face. He had a great sense of humor, was a great storyteller and also enjoyed telling jokes and engaging with everyone.

A celebration of Horace’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. The Rev. David English will officiate. A reception will follow at the funeral home’s 104 Limerock reception center. Spring interment will be at Achorn Cemetery, Rockland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Midcoast Charities, 87 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843.

To share a memory or story with Horace’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at bchfh.com

Comments (2)
Posted by: Dagney C. Ernest | Jan 16, 2019 17:45

I so enjoyed chatting with Mr. Grover just prior to his retirement, for a story I did about the Fisher "splat" (see story 1506541). RIP

Posted by: Mary Perry | Jan 14, 2019 15:45

When I started work at Fisher Engineering in 1978  Horace already had ten years under the helmet. An outstanding welder and co- worker. A member of the Safety Committee and later as a purchaser/buyer. Horace had a special ability of seeing things in the most logical way. A special man who will be missed by many, but not forgotten. Ben Perry, Personnel Manager/Safety Director 1978-1990

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