Ronald C. Graves, Sr. WAITSFIELD - Ronald C. Graves Sr., 83, former longtime Waitsfield resident, passed away peacefully in the presence of his son and daughter at Mountain View Center in Rutland on Nov. 26, 2018, after many years battling COPD. As a resident of Waitsfield, Ron graduated from Waitsfield High School in 1953 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force shortly thereafter serving as a training officer following the Korean War. On Dec. 31, 1955, he married Augusta "Gussie" Brothers in Waitsfield. Born in Montpelier on July 9, 1935, he was the youngest of five children of William John Graves and Carrie Etta Bover. Following his military service, Ron worked in accounting at Mad River Glen Ski Area for many years prior to partnering with Dick Brothers in Brothers Building Co. which they ran successfully until 1998 and continues as a family business run by his son and partner Derrick Martens. He was also influential in developing many real estate ventures in the community, including the Mad River Green Shopping Center. He served his community in several ways, including one of the original founding members of the Mad River Valley Rotary Club, board chairs of Fayston Elementary School and Harwood Union High School, Howard Bank Board of Directors, Town of Fayston Selectboard and Fayston Town Moderator for many years. Affectionately named “Peeps” by his granddaughters, Ron was an avid baseball fan. He spent many seasons coaching Little League girls’ softball and cheering on the Boston Red Sox on the first base line at Fenway Park. Ron is survived by his daughter, Deb Jones, of Fayston; his son, Ron (Freddie) Graves Jr., of Fayston; five granddaughters Megan (Rob) Collett, of Colorado, Erin (Jake) Bowman, of Florida, Lindsey (Mike) Riley, of Massachusetts, Laura (Curt Maes) Graves, of Florida, and Eliza Graves, of Waitsfield. He is also survived by seven precious great-grandchildren Jenna, Evan, Isabelle, Beckett, Ava, Michael & Charlotte. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Graves; his brothers William “Bover” Graves and Bradlee Graves; his sisters Barbara Story and Beverley Mobus. A graveside military service will take place in the Village Cemetery, Waitsfield, in the Spring of 2019. All are welcome to attend in celebration of Ron’s life. A time will be announced at a later date. Donations may be made to Mad River Valley Rotary Club or Mad River Valley Little League. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.