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GREW, Arthur G.

GREW - Arthur G. A father of 14 who enjoyed woodworking and gardening, died after a brief illness on April 19, 2011. A resident of Elma, he was 95. Born in Buffalo in 1915, he attended Holy Family Parish and South Park High School. In 1937 he married Kathleen Pierce and they raised fourteen children together, initially in South Buffalo and later in East Aurora after moving there in 1952. Mr. Grew worked for the New York Central and Penn Central railroads as a brakeman for 37 years until his retirement in 1975. He was also caretaker at the Quaker Cemetery in Orchard Park. After retirement, his hobbies of woodworking and tending his garden became full-time pleasures. Locals may remember the mum and vegetable stand in front of his home on Route 20A in East Aurora. He was a sports enthusiast and avid Yankees fan. Shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary in 1987, his wife, Kathleen, died. He later married Genevieve Taberski and moved to Elma, where they have resided for more than 22 years. During these years, he especially enjoyed his large family, and visits from his children and grandchildren were the highlights of his days. Besides his parents Arthur is predeceased by his first wife Kathleen Pierce Grew; one Son Patrick (Lexy) Grew; one Brother Donald Grew and his two Sisters Evelyn Wittrock and Dorothy Weaver. Survivors include his eight Sons James (Sue), Donald (late MaryAnn), Paul (Sylvia), Terrance (Fran Randall), Richard, Kevin, Joseph (Eileen) and Daniel (Kathy) Grew; five Daughters MaryPat (David) Cowles, Kathleen (John) Hoeh, Martha (Kenneth) Whittington, Deborah (Lee) Schock and Geraldine Wilson and one Brother Billy (Betty) Pilger. Arthur is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 A.M. in St. Vincent de Paul Church 6441 Seneca St, Elma. Please assemble at church. Visitation will be held on Monday April 25 and Tuesday April 26 from 4-8 P.M. in the KENNETH HOWE FUNERAL HOME 64 Maple St, East Aurora. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Arthur's memory to Hospice of Buffalo. Online condolences are available at www.howefuneralhome.com.

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