John Grave

John F. Grave

Wednesday, February 28th, 1945 - Monday, February 18th, 2019
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John F. Grave, 73, of Newington, died peacefully surrounded by family on February 18th, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born February 28, 1945 in Mira De Aire, Portugal, he immigrated to the USA where he graduated from Hartford High School and went on to serve as a U.S. Marine, fighting bravely in the Vietnam War. John was a strong, brave man who lived life wanting the best for his family. His most treasured moments were spent enjoying summer car rides to the shore, gathering with extended family for home cooked meals, and mingling with friends at the Portuguese Club of Hartford.

John used his extensive building and engineering skills working primarily as a Project Coordinator for private businesses and for UCONN Health Center. In his spare time, he spent countless hours helping family and friends with construction or remodeling projects, including the building of the Community Center at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Hartford where he and his wife have been members since 1972.

He has left behind his devoted wife, Clarisse Grave, his son John Sinni, daughters, Sandrine Prentice, Monica Reginio, Denise Grave, and Jessica Ouellette, as well as their spouses, Amanda Sinni, David Prentice, Robert Reginio, Tim Hunovice, and Patrick Ouellette. He will be sorely missed by his beloved grandchildren including Lauryn Bacon, Tyler, Emery, Hunter and Charley Sinni, Madison, Camryn and Tayler Prentice, Luca and Laura Reginio, Neko and Clara Hunovice, and Maia and Emery Ouellette. Also left behind, siblings and in-laws, Maria Helena and Antonio Goncalves, Delores and Henry Chipelo, Jack Valinho, Victor and Ilda Lavado, Carlos and Francois Pinheiro, and Artur Pinheiro, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Maria Ferreira Valinho, his step-father, Joaquim Valinho, his father Antonio Grave, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Calling hours will be held at Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave, West Hartford on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 3:00-6:00. A funeral will be held on Monday, February 25th at 10:00 am, beginning with mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Hartford, followed by a burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Our Lady of Fatima Church. Online condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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  • Service

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 10:00am
    Our Lady of Fatima
    50 Kane Street
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  • Interment

    Cedar Hill Cemetery
    453 Fairfield Avenue
    HARTFORD, CT 06114
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Manuel joaquim Pinheiro

Posted at 03:08pm
Dearest family from abroad accept my sinceres condolences, Uncle John was a great man! altough we are far away, you're in my thoughts, may he rest in peace. Manuel Joaquim Pinheiro and Christelle

Joel Lenha

Posted at 12:19am
Sincere condolences to the entire family. May his soul Rest In Peace. He was a great person.
J. Lenha

Fernando A. Faria

Posted at 07:37pm
Our sincere condolences to the entire family. May his soul rest in peace
Fernando & Nela Faria

Joe & Lina Frutuoso

Posted at 10:56am
Condolences for the entire family. Although I had not seen him for many years I still remember his smile. Rest In Peace.

Linda Henriques

Posted at 08:37pm
I have lost a very dear and old friend. I have so many memories of John when we both attended Hartford Public some time after he had arrived from Portugal; sharing laughter and teenage comeraderie; memories of going to many Portuguese events at “the club” and at “the Church”. As we became adults there were some time gaps in our friendship but as we, married, took on our own responsibilities and raised children we were able to spend much enjoyable family time together. Carlos, Artur, Hilda, Maria Helena and Tony often joined in. There were many holiday parties, hayrides, picnics, and delicious dinners shared and enjoyed. together. Those were marvelously joyous times I have never forgotten! As the years passed our get togethers lessened but our friendship never did. I have always held John in my heart and am deeply saddened at his passing. I hold you Clarisse, Maria Helena, and the entire family in my prayers and meditations. I send healing thoughts that you may all be comforted by your memories, your love for one another, and your faith. Please accept my deepest condolences, love, and support during this time of grieving.
With much love,
Linda (Neves) Henriques

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