Russell J. Groves, 89, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 4, 2007 surrounded by his family. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, November 9th at 11:00 AM at the Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., Cape May, NJ. There will be no calling hours, but the family invites friends to join them at a luncheon following the service.
Born on January 16, 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida, Russell moved to NJ with his family at the age of 2. He lived in Montclair for 36 years before moving to Cape May in 1999.
Russell was employed for 35 years as a Strand Annealer with Amax Specialty Metals (formerly Wilber B. Driver Co.) in Florham Park, NJ. He retired in 1983.
Russell had many interests, but his passion was aviation. He was a member of the Blairstown Soaring Club, and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
A faithful member of the Cape May United Methodist Church, Russell was active in the United Methodist Mens Group and greatly enjoyed his many wonderful church friends.
Russell loved his family dearly, and his greatest joys were spending time with them or telling others about them.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Doris (Gordon) and their four children, Ruth (Lawrence) King of Homer, NY; Barbara (Edward) Reiff of Reston, VA; Gordon Groves of Tucson, AZ; and John (Ailis) Groves of Montclair, NJ. He is also survived by Russell Groves of Long Branch, NJ; and Carole (Pat) Piserchia of Union Beach, NJ. Also surviving are his two beloved granddaughters Emily K. Ryan and Madeline M. Groves; and a brother Richard Groves of Jamesburg, NJ. He was predeceased by a brother, Howard Groves.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in his name to the Memorial Fund of the Cape May United Methodist Church.