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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Royal Sandford Graves, III, 92

Royal Sandford Graves, III of Westport died at home Sept. 19. He was 92.

He was born in Orono, Maine in May 1923 to Royal S. Graves II and Eva May Thomson. He grew up in Lisbon Falls, Maine and spent many summers with his cousin Russell Houghton at their grandparents home “The Royal Rest” on Orr’s Island, Maine.

In May 1944, he married Alice Deering Morse at the Yale Chapel, New Haven. They moved around the country during his assignments and training in the army weather corps. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before Alice’s death in 2009.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maine and completed his master’s in education at Harvard University. His career as an elementary school principal took him to Jenkins and Hatherly Schools in Scituate, Mass., Loker School in Wayland, Mass., Hindley School in Darien, and Beecher Road School in Woodbridge.

In 1966, he and his family moved to Westport. Royal and Alice became active members of the Unitarian Church. He was active in religious education, Unitarian Universalist/ United Nations Office and budget committees.

Royal was a devoted husband and father supporting and guiding Alice, Royal IV and Allan in many endeavors. Royal enjoyed genealogy, golfing, stamp collecting, and camping at various periods of his life, and always was an avid reader.

He is survived by his two sons; Royal S. Graves, IV and his wife JianQun Fu of Wethersfield, and Allan Morse Graves and his wife Patty Mraz Graves of Newtown. His two grandchildren Meghan Eve Graves of Newtown, and Evan Watkins Graves and his wife Megan Magee Turner of Philadelphia. His half-brother, Robert Ralston Graves and his wife Nancy Patricia Folan Graves of Seffner, Fla.

The family encourages all friends to gather with them on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the Westport Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, to celebrate his life through music, words, and stories.
Reception to follow, with light refreshments.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a worthy cause.

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