William H. Grainger IV, 83: Auto buff, engineer thirsted for knowledge

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BATH — William H. Grainger IV, 83, of Lincoln Street, died unexpectedly Oct. 16 at his home.

Grainger was born in Bath on Dec. 30, 1930, a son of John G. and Sarah Davis Grainger. He was educated in local schools, and graduated from Morse High School. He then earned a degree in physics from Bowdoin College.

Grainger served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Later, he lived in Waltham, Massachusetts, and worked as an electrical engineer with Boston-area hospitals. He returned to Bath to be closer to family, but continued his career, serving hospitals throughout Maine.

Grainger was an avid automobile enthusiast, and could discuss the fine points of different car models at great length. He had a vast thirst for knowledge, and could recall information about a wide variety of subjects. He also enjoyed taking walks, and vegetable and flower gardening. Most of all, he loved spending time with family, especially his nieces and nephews.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, in Bath, and was active in its lending library.

Grainger is predeceased by his parents; five sisters, Mary Vedalis, Katherine Grainger, Ruth Grainger, Claire Lozier and Frances Lavoie; and two nephews, Paul Vedalis and Brandan Grainger.

Surviving are a sister, Eleanor Grainger; a brother, Robert Grainger, and wife, Therese, of Phippsburg; five nieces, Ruth Vedalis Chandler, Elaine Dudevoir, Carol Coverdale, Maureen Grainger and Kathryn Grainger; five nephews, Mark Lozier, John Lozier, David Lozier, Matthew Grainger and Andrew Grainger; and many grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held Monday at David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, in Bath, and a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

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