Ronald A. Graves
Ronald A. Graves, 79, husband of Mary (Fortiere) Graves of Colonial Drive,
Ipswich, died on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 in the Beverly Hospital.
Ron was born in Detroit, MI on January 5, 1943, son of the late Kenneth C.
and Beatrice L. (Mushall) Graves. He was raised and educated in Warren,
MI, and in 1960 graduated from Fitzgerald High School.
After high school Ron joined the Navy where he
served for thirty years.
He and his family were very proud of his long and distinguished career in
the US Navy, rising to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.
While serving his country he
circumnavigated the globe. Wherever he was stationed he quickly immersed
himself in the local culture, became part of the community and as always
made many friends.
Ron loved to dote on his wife Mary and his grandchildren as well as
pursuing his primary hobby of helping others.
He served on the Boards of the Friends of Ipswich Elderly (FOIE)
and Senior Care and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. For more than
twenty years he was a Constable overseeing the election process in
Ipswich. Ron was also active
in the Bayside Village Condo community where he served as President of the
Board for many years. Many around Ipswich looked forward to his visits and
his quirky sense of humor and everyone appreciated Ronís generosity and
may have traveled the world but in the end, found his home in Ipswich. He
said that his thirty-three years living in Ipswich were the happiest of
A Memorial Service with Naval Honors will be held on Monday February 14,
at 11:00 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. Family
and friends that are vaccinated and wearing facial masks will be cordially
invited. A Naval Burial at sea will be held at a later date. In Lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions in Ronís name may be made to Friends of
Ipswich Elderly (FOIE) Pet Fund, PO Box 213, Ipswich, MA 01938.
addition to his wife of
Ron is survived by his two daughters, Kimberly Chambers of CA and her
children, Chase and Joshua, and Theresa Ingram of VA and her children
Jenna and Dallas. Ron is also survived by Maryís son Stephen LaMarche and
his wife Amy of Lynnfield, and their children Matthew, Renee and Olivia; a
sister, Bea Necker of AZ and a brother, Kenneth Graves of IN.
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