Frank I. GroutApril 26,2013
Frank I. Grout
Frank I. Grout
WILLIAMSTOWN ó Frank I. Grout, 55, of Rood Pond Road, left his life on Earth and went to heaven to teach the angels how to ride motorcycles on Sunday, April 21, 2013, with his wife by his side after battling a long, hard fight with pancreatic cancer. Frank approached this life as he did everything, with strength, dignity, determination and a huge smile on his face.
Frank was born in Barre on Feb. 16, 1958, to Harold and Beverly (Powers) Grout, of Williamstown. He grew up traveling as a young boy but returned to Vermont at the age of 15 to be with his father and attended Williamstown schools, graduating in 1977.
After school, he began working at the L.D. Hutchins Roofing, Siding, and Insulating Co. and at the Dixie Bobbin Co. He enjoyed his work there very much, excelling at everything he did.
In May 1982, Frank began his career with the state of Vermont, Agency of Transportation, Central Garage, where he remained for over 30 years. He started in the building maintenance department, then moved to become a heavy equipment technician and body repair technician. For the last seven years of his career, he went back to building maintenance as the facilities maintenance supervisor, at which he thrived. He was very proud of the job he had and felt privileged to be a part of the Central Garage family.
For the last eight years, he worked part time for the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles as a Vermont Rider Education coach, instructing hundreds of people how to ride motorcycles safely and enabling them to achieve their motorcycle endorsement on their Vermont driverís license. This was something he excelled at and looked forward to every summer. The instructors are the elite of the elite, and Frank was at the top of the list with all of them.
In 1987, he married his best friend and love of his life, Laurie Stalling McCormick, on Christmas Eve. He was devoted to Laurie and his new family, Joshua McCormick and Heather McCormick. In 1988, Shawn Grout was born, and in 1990, Marah Grout arrived. Frank was very proud of all of his children and was devoted to them with all of his heart. They made their home in Williamstown, which he loved. He was proud of his roots and his family.
Frank was an avid bowler and motorcycle rider. He was also a member of the Summit Masonic Lodge 104 of Williamstown and the Williamstown Fire Department, of which he felt honored to be a part.
Frank leaves behind the love of his life, Laurie Grout, of Williamstown; a son Joshua McCormick and his girlfriend, Erin Hill, of Montpelier and Hyde Park; a daughter Heather McCormick and her boyfriend, Anthony Nadeau, of Williamstown; a son Shawn Grout and his girlfriend, Mary Kay Capone, of Montpelier; and a daughter Marah Grout and her boyfriend, Patrick Dubois, of Williamstown. Frank also leaves behind his grandchildren whom he adored, Destiny Justice Nadeau, of Williamstown (age 3); David Allen Dubois, of Williamstown (age 5 months); a grandchild yet to be born in November, which he was so excited about; and Jordan Nielsen (age 8), of Hyde Park. He is also survived by his father, Harold Grout; his brothers and sisters, Dorothy Cadorette and husband Joe; Hal Grout and wife Debbie; Clifton Grout and wife Dawn; Richard Grout and wife Nicki; Dale Grout; Trudi Grout; Robert Stalling and wife Heather; Chuck Stalling and wife Heidi; and his mother-in-law, Barbara Stalling, and partner Merton Wheeler, who were a huge part of his life and very special to him. He also leaves behind his best friend, Mark Parker, and wife Laura, of Williamstown, and special friend Richard Johnson and wife Roberta, of Barre Town.
Frank was predeceased by his mother, Beverly, and his infant brother, Robert.
He will be sadly missed. However, when the thunder rolls, everyone will know he just taught another angel to ride a Harley. Ride on, Frank Grout; you will always be in our hearts.
His memorial service and life celebration will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. Interment will take place in the Maplewood Cemetery in Barre Town. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, May 1, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contributions in Frankís memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
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