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REHOBOTH—-Everett W. Grassie, Jr., 89, passed away at home peacefully in his sleep on December 18, 2022. He was the loving husband of the late Joyce (Costa) Grassie.
Everett was born in Taunton and was the son of the late Everett W. Grassie, Sr., and Merlyn (Dyer) Grassie.
He was the brother of the late Charles Grassie and Pamela Rose.
Everett was a graduate of Dighton High School where he was a talented and dedicated athlete, He was the recipient of the “Outstanding Athlete Award” through all four years. Everett lettered in several sports during his school career including, baseball, basketball, football and track; where he held the school record for high jump. Before being drafted for military service Mr. Grassie was even signed by the Boston Braves to play professional baseball, as an ace pitcher. Everett then went on to serve his country honorably in the US Army during the Korean War.
A man of great faith, Everett and his wife were also members of the West Dighton Christian Church for many years. Everett also served as a Deacon, Youth Group Leader and dedicated Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church of Dighton where he impacted many. He dedicated over 40 years to his career in the collision repair industry. Eventually becoming the owner and operator of Tri-Star Auto Body, where he was well respected amongst the community. Mr. Grassie never veered far from his love for sports. He went on to coach many young athletes and was an avid golfer and a lifelong member of the Rehoboth Men’s Golf League at Rehoboth Country Club. His love of golf and the outdoors led him and Joyce to winter in Margate, Florida where they spent over 20 years and made many treasured memories with family and friends.
He will be greatly missed as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. Many will remember him for his strong will and kind hearted personality.
Everett is survived by his children, Mark D. Grassie and his wife Rosalind of North Dighton and Wendy B. O’Dell and her husband William of Bristol, RI; grandchildren, Kimberly (Grassie) Gordon and her husband Eric Gordon, Nicholas Grassie, Colin O'Dell and his wife Marissa, Kyle O’Dell and his fiancé Kimberly Medeiros; great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Kyla, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Thursday, December 29, 2022 from 12pm -1pm in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., Taunton, MA 02780.
Prayers and Words of Remembrance will begin at 1 pm.
Burial with military honors will follow in the Rehoboth Village Cemetery, 190 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth. Following the burial service friends and family are invited to Crestwood Country Club, 90 Wheeler Street., Rehoboth, MA 02769, for food and fellowship.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Everett’s memory to the Disabled American Veterans. 360 Westminster St, Providence, RI, 02903 https://www.dav.org/
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