Kevin Michael Grover, 40: beloved educator, dedicated advocate
DALLAS PLANTATION — Kevin Michael Grover, 40, a husband, father, brother, son, teacher and friend died unexpectedly from a heart attack in Dallas Plantation on Nov. 22.
The son of Michael O. Grover and Lianne Janelle Grover of Greene, Grover was born on March 1, 1972. He graduated from St. Dominic High School in Auburn in 1990 and received a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Maine Farmington in 1995. He continued his education and received a master’s from the University of Southern Maine in 2003.
He married Rebecca Moore on Aug. 16, 1997 at the Poland Spring Inn in Poland Spring.
Grover taught first and second grade at Lake Street School in Auburn from 1997 to 2001. In 2001, he began teaching second grade in the Falmouth school district. In 2010 he was nominated and named Maine’s Teacher of the Year. He used his position as Teacher of the Year to raise funds and awareness for educational issues – he organized fun runs and volunteered at the Falmouth Food Pantry.
Grover was loved and respected by both his students and his peers. His classroom was frequently filled with the sound of second graders laughing and learning while his co-workers enjoyed his pleasant nature which complemented his consummate professionalism as an educator. He loved learning about the latest advances in technology and shared that affinity for technology with his students.
An avid runner, Grover had many interests including hiking, fishing, canoeing and camping especially at Stephen Phillips Preserve on Mooselookmaguntic Lake. His greatest joy, however, involved any activity he shared with his wife, Becky, and his daughter, Lillian, 11 and son, Elias, 8.
In addition to his wife, children, and parents he leaves his siblings Jeffrey Grover and his wife, Julia, of Millis, Mass., Christopher Grover and his wife, Mindy, of Cumberland, and Laura Grover, of Bloomington, Ind.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1 at the Falmouth Elementary School gymnasium, 58 Woodville Road, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Grover Family Fund at any TD Bank.
To honor his work at the Falmouth food pantry, his family requests that non-perishable foods be donated at the Celebration.
Cremation arrangements were cared for by the Wiles Funeral Home, Cremation Service & Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road in Farmington.