Gloucester — Robert D. “Rusty” Musgrave Jr., 60, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013, with his loving family by his side.
Born in Ipswich, Mass., on October 13, 1953, “Rusty,” or “Dale,” as he was called by the many people who loved him, graduated from Wells High School in Wells, Maine, Class of 1972. He went on to East Coast Aero Tech, Class of 1974, to become an aviation mechanic/electrician. He returned home to become a master electrician and began working at Gloucester Engineering in 1976, where he continued to work until his recent hospitalization. During his many years at GEC, he traveled all over the world and met many people who he remained friends with until this day.
Growing up, the family moved from Essex to Wells to open a restaurant named, “The Sea Turn.” Family run, “The Sea Turn” became a home away from home for Dale and his many friends. Until this day, you still will hear the stories of “The Sea Turn.” It was a dream of Dale’s upon retiring to open another "Sea Turn.” Upon closing, Dale returned to Essex and began working at Gloucester Engineering.
Never living far from the ocean, Rusty loved the beach, boating, surfing, all things related to sun, sand and surf.
“Rusty”/ "Dale” was an avid reader who enjoyed history, especially accounts of all American wars.
He also acquired an extensive collection of artifacts from his travels around the world, which he loved to display and discuss for all who inquired.
Above all “Rusty's”/ "Dale's” greatest love and joy in life were his children and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert D. Musgrave Sr. and Natalie (Perkins) Musgrave of Essex, Mass.
“Rusty”/"Dale” leaves behind his twin daughters, Megan and Jessica Musgrave;grandson, Bryan Swain Jr.; and granddaughter, Hailey Musgrave, all of Gloucester; a brother, Winthrop Musgrave and his wife, Emilie,and their daughters, Sara and Amy of Reading, Mass.; a sister, Martha Musgrave Grealey and her husband, James, and their daughter, Seana, of Wells; and former wife, Maryanne Ryan Harkins, with whom he remained friends with over the many years.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Thursday, November 7, from 4 to 8 p.m.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 8, at noon, in Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Family and friends are invited to join us at the Village Restaurant in Essex after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roberts name to Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-283-6055.
To offer condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.