YARMOUTH — Steven Groves, 58, died peacefully at home Nov. 25.
He was born Jan. 9, 1957, in Dover-Foxcroft, but shortly after moved to Tolland, Connecticut. He graduated 1975 from Tolland High School, where he was known as an all-star athlete. Groves won state competitions in track in the 880-meter run and set school records for the 440, 880, mile and 2-mile.
After high school, he enlisted in the Coast Guard for four years and was stationed in Alaska, Virginia and Massachusetts. After the service, Groves earned a degree in civil engineering. He first worked for the city of Portland, and then Sebago Technics for the past 20 years.
In 1996, Groves moved to Yarmouth, where he had spent childhood summers at his family’s camp on Cousins Island. He built a home on the island, where his two boys grew up.
Although he loved to watch his kids play from the bleachers, he preferred coaching from the sidelines.
Maine was the perfect place for Groves, who enjoyed hiking Bradbury Mountain, sailing his boat on Casco Bay, cross-country skiing, or taking a scenic motorcycle ride. He loved going out with friends, listening to music and telling stories. “A good story was always told more than once,” he would say – and his story will be told over and over again.
He is survived by his sons, Benjamin and Kyle and their mother, Paula Groves; a sister, Karen Mokarzel; a niece, Danielle; two nephews, Samuel Groves and Joshua Mokarzel; and a brother, Carl Groves.
A funeral service was held Dec. 1 at First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth, with burial following in Cousins Island Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Emily Davis, Groves’ future daughter-in-law, who will be running the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, at rundfmc.org/2016/emilyd.