Obituary of Abram Ellsworth Grove III
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Abram Ellsworth Grove III
A man full love and creativity who celebrated life. A Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 18th at 11 am at Holy Trinity Church, Rockaway Twp. Interment to follow at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rockaway. Friends and relatives may visit on Friday, September 17th from 4-7 pm at the Norman Dean Funeral Home, Denville. Please wear a mask.
Born on January 30, 1939 to Reverend A. Ellsworth Grove Jr. and Velma Elizabeth Steinmetz, Abram Grove was one of two siblings who grew up in their home in Sellersville, PA. His father was a Lutheran Minister and mother was a school teacher.
As a young boy he worked on many of the surrounding farms milking cows, collecting eggs, feeding the animals, getting hay, bringing the horses to the fields and picking crops forming his strong work ethic and love of nature. As a teenager, Abe immersed himself in music joining marching band playing the tuba and was also a director of the high school band. Singing in various chorus groups, his favorite was the barbershop quartet. In 1963, he was selected to attend the Philadelphia Musical Academy. Abe taught and performed regularly with his own band group called the “Yanks of Dixie.” and was also the director of a 15-piece orchestra. By sophomore year, he was completely self-sufficient playing throughout the northeastern US and paid for his own college education.
Abe auditioned for and was selected to be part of the prestigious President’s Own US Marine Band headquartered in D.C. and would have been serving his country with his musical talents, however, the continuous traveling conflicted with his desire to settle down. He instead accepted a music teaching position enjoying many years directing the middle school band in West Milford, NJ and was known for creating highly entertaining themed concerts. While teaching he continued his education and subsequently obtained a Master’s of Arts in Education from William Patterson college. He later expanded that to Masters+ 60. After over 32 years of teaching, Abe retired and continued his passion for the arts by working
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