Gloucester, MA — Clifford Ingram “Buster” Groves, the beloved husband of Irene (Hartford) Groves, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at the age of 76 on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. He was surrounded by his loving family and is at rest after a courageous twenty-one year battle with cancer. Born in Cumberland, Maryland on July 12, 1936, Clifford was the son of the late Howard and Eva Marie (Longerbean) Groves. As a young man, Cliff moved to Gloucester and enlisted in the U.S. National Guard where he proudly served his country for six years. He then worked as an auto mechanic for several years prior to initiating a successful career as a carpenter in the Boston and North Shore area. Following his carpentry career, Cliff satisfied his passion for the sea and salty air when he acquired a boat and enjoyed a period of commercial lobstering. He did not make much of a financial profit due to of his personal love of lobster. Cliff brought the bulk of his catch home to share with his friends and family rather than sell it in the market. Cliff enjoyed life and was a dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He was an avid outdoorsman who appreciated nature and exploring the wilderness. Cliff enjoyed hiking, hunting, and long snowmobile trips with his family during frequent visits to his vacation home in Stowe, Maine. He enjoyed the outdoors on sunny days with his wife, children and friends at the beach, on the boat waterskiing through “The Bubble” in the Gloucester Harbor, relaxing at the Saco River, and taking long rides on his Harley “Hog”. He took pleasure in playing his guitar, country and western music, and watching western reruns on television. In addition to his wife Irene, he is survived by his son Clifford Groves Jr. and his wife Mary of Gloucester; daughter Leila Lacey and her husband Brian of Hampton, NH; daughter Kim Davis-Assaker and her husband Rashid of Gloucester; son Bart Groves and his wife Suzanne of South Hamilton, MA; as well as twelve loving grandchildren; Leila, Emily, Melissa, Andrea, and Hailey Davis; Vanessa, Ryan, and Sean Lacey; Bart Jr. and Brendan Groves; Clifford III and Elizabeth Groves; two great-grandchildren; Tatyana and Conrad Groves; and several nieces and nephews. Cliff is also survived by his brothers Donald, Dennis, Ellsworth, and Howard Jr.; sisters Evelyn and Margaret, located in Cumberland, MD and the vicinity. He was predeceased by one brother, Edward.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 2 PM in the Calvary Chapel Baptist Church, 384 Washington Street, Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com