Leo J. Gravell

Leo J. Gravell Sr., 90, of North Falmouth died on June 30 after a short illness. He leaves family in Bourne.

Mr. Gravell was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the second of 13 children. His family moved to Everett when he was a young boy.

He joined the US Navy when he was 17, one day after the Pearl Harbor attack. He served aboard a Navy oiler in the Aleutian Islands for a year before serving for two years in the South Pacific aboard an aircraft carrier.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked as a tailor at the Fargo Building in Boston and other tailor shops in Charlestown.

He was married to Mary Ruth (Melvin) Gravell for 67 years. Mr. Gravell and his wife lived in Quincy and Dorchester before moving to Andover, where they lived for 50 years.

In 1968, he founded the Andover Hockey Shop in Shawsheen Square, which is still in business today. He enjoyed children, and was known by many in Andover as the “Mayor of Shawsheen.”

Mr. Gravell was a member of Andover Country Club and the Martin Downs Country Club in Palm City, Florida. He was a lifetime member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge #2070.

He also enjoyed watching the Bruins, Red Sox, and “Friday Night Fights.”

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gravell leaves his daughter, Karen McCabe and her husband, James McCabe, of North Falmouth. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Leo J. Gravell III, Christopher Gravell and Andrea Griffiths, all of Windham, New Hampshire, Cheri Boudreau of Manchester, New Hampshire, Daniel Joseph Gravell of Methuen, Alison Moorhouse of Bourne, and Colleen Gaffney of Falmouth; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Leo Gravell Jr.; his two brothers, Kenneth and Richard Gravell; and his sister, Ruth Mabire of Pensacola, Florida.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 2, from 4 to 8 PM at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Highway.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 3, at 11 AM at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 481 Quaker Road, North Falmouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Heart Gifts Processing Center, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.


No comments yet.
Please sign in and be the first one to comment.