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Gay, Eliza J. (Boyd), In the death of Mrs. Eliza J. Gay, of 12 Gay street, this city loses one of its oldest and best known residents.  Mrs. Gay was born in Thomaston, May 11, 1827, the oldest child of Adam and Rachel Kalloch Boyd, both of St. George.  She was the grand-daughter of David Kalloch, who served in the Revolutionary War under Gen. Gates.  In 1845 she was married to William Gay of this city, who died 20 years ago.  “Gram” Gay, as she was familiarly called by all who knew her was a woman of rugged, sterling qualities, which endeared her to young and old alike, and many have reason to remember her quiet charities and to bless her presence in their homes in time of sickness and death.  She was keenly devoted to her family, and few were the days that she failed to visit her daughter who lived near her, and who will never fail to miss her mother’s presence in her home.  Mrs. Gay although in her 90th year was remarkably smart, doing all the household work for herself and her youngest son.  She had been failing for a number of months but kept around until Friday when she was taken with pneumonia.  She died the following day.  She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Fred M. Blackington of 4 North Main street; two sons, George and Jefferson Gay, who resided with her, a great-grandson Harold L. Blackington; and one sister in Port Hadlock, Washington.  The funeral will take place Tuesday at 2 o’clock from the family residence.  Interment in Sea View cemetery.  (The Courier Gazette, Rockland, Maine, January 30, 1917).

Gay, George F., The Northend suffered the loss of an industrious and beloved citizen through the recent death of George Finley Gay of 12 Gay street.  He had been failing gradually for three years, his condition finally becoming so serious that he was compelled to abandon work.  The deceased was born in Rockland 77 years ago, son of William and Eliza J. (Boyd) Gay.  His entire lifetime was spent in Rockland and for 35 years he was on the staff of the Rockland, Thomaston & Camden Street Railway, holding at one time the position of assistant superintendent.  His service with the corporation was interrupted for a short time while he drove a lumber team for Everett L. Spear & Co.  Mr. Gay was the third oldest member of Knox Lodge of Odd Fellows.  He had been identified with the Democratic party since he became a voter, though occasionally discarding party lines in order to support some candidate whom he considered better fitted for the position.  Loyalty to his employers and loyalty in all the friendships he had formed were among his many excellent traits.  He was married July 30, 1879, to Katie M. Smith of Woburn, Mass., and the happiest of domestic relations resulted from their half-century of companionship.  Mr. Gay is survived by his wife aside from whom the nearest surviving relative is a grand nephew.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. Charles MacDonald and the burial was in Sea View cemetery.  The bearers were Charles, Fred and Morris Gregory and L.E. Fickett.  (The Courier Gazette, Rockland, Maine, February 13, 1930).

Gay, Gertrude, ROCKLAND -- Mrs. Gertrude Gay, 80, died Sunday [1958] at her residence, 74 Willow St.  She was born at St. George, April 1, 1878, daughter of Charles and Sadie Wheeler Keller.  Mrs. Gay was a member of the First Baptist Church.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Lillian Joyce, Rockland; on sister, Miss Helen Keller, Portland; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Russell Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy I. Bohanan officiating.  Interment will be in Achorn Cemetery.

Gould, Edward Kalloch, Judge Edward K. Gould, former mayor of Rockland, died at his home on Masonic street last night after a long period of illness, marked at the close by several months confinement to the house.  He continued his duties as an attorney, and in a federal position until failing eyesight and physical infirmities compelled his retirement.  Judge Gould was born in this city, Sept. 25, 1865, son of a Civil War Veteran he early became a member of the organization, now known as the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  Active service in Anderson Camp was followed by his rapid rise in the Department of Maine, in which he eventually became department commander with the rank of Colonel.  The organization grew by leaps and bounds under his leadership.  He published the Atlantic Vidette in the interests of the department which he subsequently served for quarter of a century as secretary-treasurer.  He was an active member of the Maine Society, Sons of American Revolution, and had served as its State President.  In his veins flowed the strong spirit of patriotism which had endowed his ancestor.  He was for many years connected with the National Guard and when the Spanish War broke out he raised a battery of heavy artillery with 160 men enrolled.  It was accepted by the Governor and assigned to the Second Regiment, but the duration of the war was so brief that the call for its services did not come.  Judge Gould was admitted to the Knox Bar in 1888, and his election to the office of city solicitor the following year signalized the beginning of a long and active political career.  He served as Knox County Register of Probate from 1893 to 1891, and later was Judge of the Probate Court for four years.  In 1901 he was elected mayor of the city by one of the largest pluralities ever given to any mayoralty candidate in this city.  He served two terms, marked by harmony, economy and progressiveness.  It was during one of these terms that his administration secured the gift of Carnegie Library, which may well be recognized as one of the monuments to his service as mayor.  His most official duties were in connection with the Federal Archives project.  Judge Gould had served as State historian.  History was a subject which interested him tremendously and throughout his active life he had made valuable contributions to it.  Judge Gould was a past master of Aurora Lodge, F.A.M.  past thrice illustrious master of King Hiram Council, R.S.M. and had served as grand standard bearer of the Grand Lodge of Maine.  He became a Knight Templar in Claremont Commandery, K.T. March 15, 1897; was eminent commander in 1913, grand warder of the Grand Commandery in '15, grand military instructor in 1918, 1919 and 1920.  In 1922 he was elected junior grand warden, passing through the several grades until his election as grand commander of the Grand Commandery in 1927.  He was also a past grand master of the Grand Council of Maine, R.S.H.  Judge Gould's interest in Masonry was similar to what he displayed in the organizations of which he was a member.  He was not content to be merely a member and a worker.  His aspiration called him to leadership, in which he always served with distinction.  It is difficult to conceive, in view of these many affiliations of busier life, but though it all Judge Gould never departed from his calm serenity.  Loyalty to his friends was one of his outstanding traits.  Judge Gould is survived by his wife and two children -- Charles D. Gould and Miss Marguerite Gould.  The sudden death of his elder son Stephen, in Washington, D.C. during the summer was a very sad blow to the invalid father.  Private funeral services will be held at the residence Friday at 2 p.m.  Friends are invited to call between the hours of 10 and 12. (Edward's photo page).

Graves, Helen Eugenia, Helen Eugenia Graves, 97, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, March 28, 2006.  Helen was born on Oct. 25, 1908 in Aldrich, Polk County, Mo. to the parents of Andrew Jackson Baker and Grace McCulley Baker.  She came to Arizona as a young girl with her parents and sister Lois.  Helen graduated from Phoenix Union High School and received a teaching degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  She taught English, Latin, and math in the Seligman and Phoenix school districts.  She married Rod Graves on May 20, 1938.  Rod and Helen established Rod’s Steak House in 1946, which they owned and operated until 1967.  Helen was an active member of the Williams community for 65 years.  Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Rod Graves; her sister Lois Baker Donovan; and her brother-in-law Gene Donovan all of Williams.  She is survived by her son Rodney Jackson (Jack) Graves and his wife, Beverly Kiser Graves of Phoenix; grandchildren Helen Kathryn (Kathy) and Chad Merwin of Phoenix, Kevin and Leslie McKnight of Studio City, Calif., Krista and Patrick Morris of Phoenix; great-grandchildren Brooke Merwin, Connor and Ian McKnight, Mackenzie, A.J. and Josh Morris; nieces and nephews Jeannette and Roy Killinsworth, Dennis and Pat Donovan, Alan and Jane Graves Doty; Jerry and Sylvia Graves; and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.  Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Williams on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception in the church social hall.  Jack, Bev and family wish to express their gratitude for the loving care given to Helen by Daniela and De De at the Fountain of Youth Group Home; and the wonderful Angels of care Shari, Carol and Dr. Perrin and nursing staff at Hospice of The Valley in Phoenix.  We feel very blessed that you have touched our lives.  The family suggests flowers or donations to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower, Phoenix, AZ 85014.  (From The Williams Grand-Canyon News).  (Photo from obituary).

Graves, Rodney E., WILLIAMS [AZ] -- Rodney Eldridge (Rod) Graves, Northern Arizona's most prominent restaurateur and one of Arizona's most renowned citizens, died suddenly here Monday.  He was 63.  Mr. Graves was at his desk at Rod's Steak House, which he established in 1946 and which he recently sold, at 11:30 a.m.  Monday when he was stricken by a massive and fatal heart seizure.  E. H. (Eddie) Weigel, a member of the Coconino Board of Supervisors and also a long time resident of Williams, said of Mr. Graves, "He was a man who was an asset to us at the county level having served on the (Coconino County) park board for many years and he was an asset to the business community in Williams.  "This is a great loss to Williams," he concluded.  Funeral services for the colorful restaurant owner and rancher will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., at the Williams Methodist Church.  The Rev. Morgan Edward, of Claremont Theological Seminary, Claremont, Calif., will officiate and burial will be in the Williams Cemetery.  Mr. Graves was born Feb. 10, 1904, in Spruce Head, Maine, and first came to Arizona in 1928 as a worker with the U.S. Geological Survey.  He first lived in the Safford area and then in Phoenix and Seligman, where he owned and operated restaurants.  He came to Northern Arizona in 1934.  He moved to Williams in 1939, where he owned and operated the Grand Canyon Tavern.  In 1946, Mr. Graves opened the steak house which was to bring him and Williams a national reputation for culinary excellence.  Shortly after that he purchased the ranch west of Williams where he raised some of Arizona's finest Herefore cattle.  During his years in Williams, Mr. Graves was continuously active in civic affairs and in 1941 founded the annual Williams Labor Day Rodeo.  He was also a charter member of the Williams Elks Lodge and served terms on both the Coconino County Park Board and the County Fair Commission.  He was  a member of the park board at the time of his death.  He was also the founder of the annual Williams High School father-son football banquet.  In 1954, Mr. Graves became one of the founders of the famed Bill Williams Mountain Men, a colorful posse of Williams residents that makes an annual horseback trek to Phoenix and climaxes the trip by riding in the Phoenix Rodeo parade.  In 1961, Mr. Graves led the Mountain Men down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. to represent Arizona in the inaugural parade of the late President John F. Kennedy.  The Mountain Men again represented the state in January 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated for his current term.  In addition to his many civic activities in Williams, Mr. Graves was a member of the Flagstaff Townjacks; of the Arizona Herefore  Assn., and the Arizona Cattlegrowers.  In recent years, the Levi-Strauss Co. honored him as "Arizona Man of the Year."  Mr. Graves is survived by his wife, Helen of Williams; a son Jack, of Phoenix; and four brothers, Earl of Sacramento, Calif.; Reginald, of Los Gatos, Calif.; Maine, of Richmond, Calif.; and Clyde, of San Francisco, Calif.  Gibbs Mortuary, of Williams, is in charge of arrangements.

Greenwood, Zina, a developer and contractor with a "soft spot for the City of Melrose," died Tuesday, apparently of a heart attack, at his home in Reading.  He was 63.  Mr. Greenwood was born in Nashua.  He began his career as a laborer for a contracting firm in Melrose when he was 12 years old.  He saved his money and bought a front-end loader with which he dug many cellar holes in the city.  He also plowed the snow off the city streets in the machine's open cab for many years.  Yesterday, Robert Bell, a Melrose attorney, described him as "one-of-a-kind, a Damon Runyon throwback" who had a "real soft spot for Melrose."  In 1993 Mr. Greenwood bought an empty building on Tremont Street and developed it into a state-of-the-art athletic facility, which he leased to the Melrose Family YMCA.  The building "was offensive to the neighborhood and I wanted to clean it up," Mr. Greenwood said in a story published in the Globe on Nov. 21, 1993.  "Now, " he added, "it's a facility that will serve the youngsters of the city and surrounding communities."  Mr. Greenwood worked on many of the city's playgrounds.  In 1986, he developed Mary Foley Park, which was dedicated to a school crossing guard struck and killed by an automobile.  Mr. Greenwood paid for the project himself.  Yesterday, Melrose Mayor Patrick Guerriero said Mr. Greenwood "left his fingerprint, his commitment to the city in every neighborhood.  "Zina rarely looked for credit," the mayor said, "but he was one of the most generous and community-oriented people to grace our great city."  He leaves his wife, Nancy J. (Hjerpe); three daughters, Julia D. Kreutz of Georgia, Audrey Hickman of Lynnfield, and the Rev. Andrea K. Harris of Watertown; three sons, Kevin P. of Billerica, Barry K. of Reading, and Brian M. of Easthampton; a brother, Zantine of Arizona; a sister Zoa Smith of Medford; and 15 grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Memorial Hall in Melrose.  (The Boston Globe, Friday, September 3, 1999).

Gross, Alan Rowe, Plainfield - Alan Rowe Gross, 76, of Plainfield, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, at his home with his family by his side, after a lengthy illness.  He was born May 30, 1935, in Camden, Maine, the son of the late Lloyd O. and Glennys A. (Kalloch) Gross. While living in Poquonnock Bridge in the 50's, and working at Ackley's potato farm, he soon earned the nickname "Cowboy" for his love of horses, and his ability to ride. He was well liked and had many good years of long term friendships. In 1957, he joined the Army and was stationed in Germany for two years near the Black Forest. When he returned, he worked at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics where he retired after thirty-six years.  As a teenager in 1950, his biggest claim to fame was being published in "Ripley's Believe it or Not" for having raised a fledgling crow, and teaching him to talk. As the crow grew, he would fly to greet Alan walking home from school calling Alan's name all the way. Alan loved the outdoors; gardening, chopping wood, feeding the birds and hiking at Bluff Point. He loved boating, fishing, golfing, was best at horseshoes, and was an avid dancer to country music, with a melodic singing voice. His family and friends will miss his wonderful sense of humor and his great gift for telling jokes.  He is survived by his wife, Cheryl (Dziadul) Gross. He leaves two daughters from a previous marriage, Shelby Gross of Norwich and Aimee Gross and partner, Duke Marsh, of Keystone Heights, Fla.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his four siblings, Dolores McCarthy of Norwich, Alexis and (Ann) Gross of Rochester, N.Y., Jeanine and (Victor) Lawrence of Waterford, and Anita and (Robert) Nelson of Old Lyme. He is survived by nine stepchildren, Kenneth (Alexa) Dziadul Jr., Melissa (Wayne) Kobe, Kim (Carl) Burr, Cheryl (Ron) Duvall, Mary Dziadul, Anthony (Natasha) Dziadul, Erin Dziadul, Craig (Samantha) Dziadul, and Coreen (Eric) Willis; and sixteen step-grandchildren. Alan is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son, Alan R. Gross Jr.; his nephews, Edward J. Lawrence, and Allen C. Fernald Jr.  A memorial/funeral service is being planned for the warmer months, for which a Memorial notice will be posted at a later date.  (Published in The Day on April 13, 2012).  (Photo from obituary).


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