Martin P. Van Grouw, 87
NAHANT — Martin P. “Bart” Van Grouw, 87, a former longtime resident of Nahant, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at his son’s home in Greenfield Center, N.Y. with his loving family by his side.
Born on Sept. 16, 1930 in Paterson, NJ, he was the son of the late Peter and Nellie Van Grouw.
After graduating from high school in Paterson, N.J., Martin joined the United States Navy in 1951, where he served during the Korean War as a Machinist Mate Petty Officer 1st Class on the USS Delta AR9 in Korea and throughout the Pacific. He frequently talked about “facing off” the 16 inch guns on the Battleship Missouri in place.
Following his discharge, he enrolled at the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, in Rolla, Missouri, where he graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering. While attending the University he married the love of his life, Jeanenne R. Gaddy. The couple resided for a few years in Burnt Hills, and then made their home for the next 50 years in Nahant. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 6, 2012 and Martin has since resided with his son, Greg and family in Greenfield Center.
With a heart based in manufacturing, he started as a machinist, which included time with General Electric. Martin’s work ventures involved areas from industrial metal working and military lasers. Later in life, he also worked as an independent contractor and consultant on military satellite communications.
He was an extremely proud and patriotic American whose hard work provided for his family. He was a quite, private man who loved his family. He missed his wife who passed before him and now is going to join her in eternity.
Martin enjoyed watching SportsCenter, NESN and especially loved his Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.
Besides his wife and his parents, he was also predeceased by one brother, Samuel Van Grouw.
Survivors include one son, Gregory B. Van Grouw (Kelly) of Greenfield Center; two grandsons, Ryan Breason (Hannah Corlew) of Lake Luzerne, and Gregory S. Van Grouw of Greenfield Center; one great-grandson, William Edward Breason of Lake Luzerne; and several nieces and nephews.
Service information: Services are private and at the convenience of the family.
Burial with military honors will be held at Corinth Rural Cemetery, in the Spring.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials take the form of donation to the Horace D. Washburn American Legion Post 533, PO Box 9, Corinth, NY 12822.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Densmore Funeral Home, Inc., 7 Sherman Ave., Corinth.