Thomas J. Grover, 62, of Robinson Rd., Sherburne, NY, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 17, 2021 after 3-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Tom was born on September 8, 1958 in Bay Shore, LI, a son of the late Edgar “Ed” and Ann Gallagher Grover.
He was a graduate of Worcester High School and the auto mechanic program at B.O.C.E.S. Tom established Grover’s Auto Service in 1995 and would later be joined by his son- a lifelong dream they both shared. On April 2, 1983, he married Bobbie Lee Gibbs at the North Norwich Church, a loving union of 38 years. Tom well known for his gregarious personality who loved taking-over the mic whenever he got the chance to do comedy stand-up or sing a song. A gearhead through and through, he was passionate about restoring vintage hot rods with his son Michael, and was proud sponsor and pit crew member for his son’s 33G dirt track racing team. A true family man in every sense, he especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife, Bobbie; a daughter and son-in-law, Linsey and Michael Barone of Smyrna; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kirsten Grover of Sherburne; grandchildren, Layne and Kash Barone and Hadlee Grover; sisters, Kathie (Michael) Tiffany of Guilford; Sue Symonds of Norwich (Jerry White of Binghamton); Annie (Jeff) Funk of Watertown; brothers, Michael (Linda) Grover of Watertown; Ed Grover, Jr. of Norwich; an uncle, Rich (Doris) Gallagher of Coram, LI; brothers-in-law, Mitch (Dawn) Gibbs of North Norwich; Jim (Renee) Gibbs of Havertown, PA; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his in-laws, Robert and Charline Gibbs
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 6pm Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.
Interment will be in the North Norwich Cemetery at the convenience of his family.
Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4-6pm prior to the service.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, at www.fpwr.org, or mail checks c/o Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, PO Box 341, Sherburne, NY 13460; or to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.