December 19, 1935 to August 26, 2014
Forestport- Thomas A. Grower, 78, of Glenwood Place, husband of the late Irene, passed away after an automobile accident on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
Tom was born in Forestport, on December 19, 1935, a son of Earle H and Maude Elliott Grower; he grew up in Forestport, where he graduated from high school, with the Class of 1955. From then until his honorable discharge in 1957, Mr. Grower served his country in the U.S. Army. On July 1, 1956, Tom married Laura Meadows, in Cambridge, MA.
After serving his country Tom and his wife relocated to Massachusetts, where he lived in Tewksbury, for many years. Later Tom and Laura were divorced. From 1962, until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Grower was employed as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service in Somerville, MA. In 2002, he moved to his present home in Forestport.
On October 6, 1984, Tom married Irene Brogna, in Tewksbury. She died on February 4, 2001.
Tom will be fondly remembered as being a person who loved and served his community and fellowman and for his quiet generous ways. Since returning to Forestport, he greatly enjoyed volunteering in maintenance tasks at the Forestport Ball Field on Dutch Hill Road, and at Beechwood Cemetery, Forestport. He was an honorary member of Forestport Fire Fighters, Inc. Tom was known for eating at diners throughout the North Country. He also loved fishing and being outdoors with nature.
He is survived by one daughter and son in law, Pauline Grower-Andris and Paul, Melbourne, Fla and one son, Michael T. Grower, Lowell, MA. He was predeceased by a daughter Maureen, at age 15, in 1974. Also surviving is a grandson, Thomas A. Grower, three step daughters, Debbie Devlin and son James, Jamie Macinanti, Sandy Melanson with children Kiley and Kasey and great granddaughter Aviana. Also surviving are brothers, James, Curtis, and sisters, Margaret "Peg", Marjorie "Marnie". He was predeceased by brothers, Franklin "Pee Wee", and William "Bill", Theodore "Ted", Philip "Skip", and by sisters, Marie, Vivian, Patricia, and Betty.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial gathering at the Forestport Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall on Thursday Sept. 4th from 6pm till 8pm. Tom Grower will be laid to rest in Tewksbury MA. His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville.
On-line message of sympathy at www.trainorfuneralhome.com