Mr. Grout served his country in the US Army and attained the rank of private first class. Following his military service, he returned to Springfield and later lived in Aurora, CO, for several years. He then moved to Whitingham, VT, and began working for security at the Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, VT. He later became the bell valet captain and worked at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel at Mount Snow. In 2007, he moved to Portsmouth, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He was employed as operations manager for the city of Norfolk, and was also director of the cruise ship terminal in Norfolk. He worked on the USS Wisconsin and his casket will be honorably draped with an American flag that was flown on this ship. Even though Mr. Grout left New England, New England never left him as he was an avid New England sports fan and loved the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins. His deep love of the Red Sox was so greatly recognized that his co-workers recently contacted the team and they sent a special package of sports memorabilia that was presented to Mr. Grout just days before his death.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving brother, Mark Grout. He leaves his devoted partner, Larry Cline, of Portsmouth; his loving sister, Linda Pereira, of West Dover; his cherished nephews, Anthony Cripps, of Rochester, NH, and Nicholas Cripps, of Somersworth, NH; his cherished niece, Angela Priest and her husband, Scott of Somersworth, NH; his cherished grandnephew, Jordan Cripps; his cherished grandnieces, Mallory Cripps, Miia Perkins and Mylee Cripps; his dear aunts, Lorraine Noonan, Rosalie Barepski, and Rosa Harney, all of Springfield, MA; several dear cousins; and his loyal canine companions, Shadow and Molly.
Mr. Grout’s funeral will be held on Saturday, December 1, beginning at the St. Pierre - Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, (413) 737-1177, 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield (the funeral home will open at 8:30 am), followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at Saint Michael Cathedral, 254 State Street, Springfield. His burial will follow the Mass at Saint Michael Cemetery, 1601 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109. His family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 30, from 4 to 7 pm. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Children’s Miracle Network at Baystate Medical Center, 280 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199. For more details visit www.stpierrephaneuf.com.