John M. Grace G’73

John M. Grace G’73 died on December 19, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

(The following was provided by the Waterbury Roundabout on January 14, 2022)

John Michael Grace

WATERBURY – John Michael Grace, 83, a longtime resident of Waterbury, passed away peacefully in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday, December 19, 2022.  Born in Waterbury on July 31, 1939, he was the son of the late Healy and Helene (Thibault) Grace. On October 3, 1964, he married Mary Piche in Johnson. Mary predeceased John on March 24, 2013.

John was a 1957 graduate of Waterbury High School. He attended college at Lyndon State College, Johnson State College and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in education. He later obtained a post-graduate degree from Bowdoin College in Maine. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army as a medic.

He began his professional career in education teaching mathematics at Harwood Union High School. He also taught mathematics at Colchester High School and later became a member of that school’s administration. He concluded his long career in education as principal at Windsor High School. He also coached several sports during his time at Harwood and Colchester high schools. He will be remembered as a loving father and brother and remembered fondly as a teacher and coach.

John is survived by his children: a daughter Mary (Katy) Grace of Cape Canaveral, Florida; a son Timothy Grace and his wife, Barbara, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; his two brothers, Richard Grace and his wife, Camille, of Carlisle, New York, and Steve Grace and his wife Breta, of Duxbury; a sister, Marjorie Gormel, and her husband, Edmond, of San Antonio,, Texas; as well as extended family. John was predeceased by his brother Robert Grace and sister Mary Parizo.

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