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Donald A. Graves, 88

ADAMS, Mass. —  Donald A. Graves, 88, of Adams, passed away on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Don was born in Montague, MA on January 18, 1936. He was the son of the late Albert and Mary (Cuff) Graves. He attended Montague schools, and graduated from Turners Falls High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Don worked as Public Relations Director at Berkshire Gas Co., in Pittsfield for over 20 years before retiring in 1995. Earlier, he worked for the Massachusetts Electric Co. for many years.

He was a communicant of St. John Paul II Parish at Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church, Adams. He was a longtime member of Rotary International, receiving recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow as well as Volunteer of the Year in 2006. He was active in many community affairs and event committees, as well as the former Adams Chamber of Commerce. Don proudly served as the Parade Director for the North Adams Fall Foliage Parade for several years and was later honored as the Grand Marshall.

Don is survived by his wife Carol (Kozik) of 62 years, whom he married on July 15, 1961. Their union was a source of strength and joy, marking the beginning of a beautiful journey together. Don and Carol were blessed with three beautiful children by which he is also survived - Sue Barrett and her husband, Dave, of Wakefield, RI; Nancy Koczela and her husband Chris, of Bridgewater, MA; and Michael Graves and his fiancée Mary Ellen Daigneault, of Adams; nine grandchildren, including Connor, Jacob, Riley, Patrick, Lauren, Ryan, Mackenzie, Mitchell and Madison; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Richard Graves, and a sister, Rita O’Connor.

Don’s children and grandchildren brought light and laughter into his life, and he treasured each precious moment spent in their company. When they were younger, Don would often delight them with magic tricks, adding an extra touch of wonder and joy to their time together. Don was also instrumental in teaching his grandkids how to water ski, kayak and fish at their camp on Winsor Pond. Time spent at “The Camp” was a highlight of everyone’s summer.

Don's love for music was infectious. Whether he was strumming his guitar, playing the organ at the local church, jamming on the keyboard, or simply enjoying the melody of his favorite songs, his passion for music was immense.

and Carol were best friends. They did everything together and shared many interests. They are both avid UMASS fans and regularly attended basketball and football games over the years. They spent many winters in Fort Meyers, FL, making memories with longtime friends that they met there. Happy hours, singing Karaoke, playing cards, golfing and attending Boston Red Sox pre-season games were always highlights of their annual trip.

Although Donald may no longer walk among us, his spirit lives on in the memories we hold dear. His legacy of love, laughter, and music will continue to inspire and uplift us in the days ahead. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Saturday, April 6th at 9:00 am at the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church, Adams. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, Adams. Calling hours are Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Friends of the Adams Council on Aging, 3 Hoosac St. Adams, MA 01220, or The Eagles Band, Inc., P.O. Box 1946, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

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Sending our sympathy to the Graves Family. For many years Don provided special entertainment for us at The Williams Inn. He and his keyboard were particularly favored at Ocktoberfest time in the fall when we had lots of groups coming through to see the area. Don would wear his little Swiss felted green hat with a feather in it and he could sound like a small band all by himself! I think he really enjoyed those times. We surely did!
Carl and Marilyn Faulkner, retired from The Williams Inn
from: Don Graveson: 04-10-2024

Carol, Michael and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting you while working at BMC. What a wonderful couple! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May Don rest in peace and may happy memories help your hearts to heal.
from: Kathy Langnickelon: 04-05-2024

To Mrs. Graves and all of the family, I send my love and thoughts to you all. Mr. Graves was such a special person. I'm grateful that our families have been dear friends for decades. I know that he'll be truly missed.
from: Lisa Kittler Schifillition: 04-05-2024

Carol and Family; I am so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. May warm, loving memories help guide you through this difficult time.
from: Susan Kirbyon: 04-04-2024

Carol, so sorry to hear of Don's passing. What a great life he lived. I always enjoyed running into you both at U Mass basketball games. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you cherish the memories.
from: Dave Blanchette on: 04-04-2024

Carol: 60+ years with a great guy - how could you ask for anything more - and vice versa. There should be a picture of Don in Webster's Unabridged next to smile, gentleman, kind, dedicated. He is all of our loss too. So sorry we can't be at the services but we have another family service 300 miles from here the same days. Tears.
from: Bonnie & Dave Lachowskion: 04-03-2024

To the entire Graves family. Kathy and I are deeply saddened to hear that Don passed away. He was such a great neighbor and friend. Carol let us know if their is anything we can do.
from: Christopher LaCasseon: 04-03-2024

Carol, Mark and I are so sad to hear of Don’s passing. He will have everyone in heaven swimming, kayaking and golfing in no time.
Mark and Cindy Vadnais
from: on: 04-03-2024

Dear Carol, Sue, Nancy and Michael, I am so sorry to read the passing of your husband and father. Don was such a happy, friendly, wonderful man. I am so lucky to have met him through Bob- our families will always be intertwined. Please know that I'm sending my friendship, sympathy and love.
Lori Santilli Hartig
Pittsfield, MA
from: on: 04-03-2024

Sending my sympathy to your family. Don was a true gentleman and he will be missed.
from: Val Tyskaon: 04-03-2024

Carol, my condolences to you and your family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. God Love and Bless You and your family.
From Irene Lestage
from: Irene Lestageon: 04-03-2024

Carol, I was so sad to hear about Don’s passing. When we worked together at the Charity Center he was always smiling and oh, so friendly. The world will be a little less bright without that smile.
from: Karen Koehleron: 04-03-2024

Dear Carol, Mike & all Don’s family, I was surprised & so saddened to learn of Don’s death. He always seemed so youthful & upbeat. I always think of him entertaining at the Lenox Apple Squeeze. I’m sure you all have many more wonderful memories to warm you during this most difficult time. I offer my most sincere condolences & prayers.?
from: Diane Parsonson: 04-03-2024

Carol and family, Sorry to learn of Don's passing. He was such a nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
from: Bet Azaron: 04-03-2024

Very sorry to hear of Mr. Graves passing. He was always very kind to me as a friend of Mike’s and a true gentleman. I can’t picture him ever without a smile. My condolences go out to the family.
Jason Bassi
from: Jason Bassion: 04-03-2024

My condolences for your loss, Carol ,may Don Rest in Peace!
from: Alan Francis Bressetton: 04-03-2024

To the Graves family, we are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was such a nice guy. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
From, Noelle & Larry Pandell
from: Noelle Pandellon: 04-02-2024

To the Graves family, we are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was such a nice guy. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
From, Noelle & Larry Pandell
from: Noelle Pandellon: 04-02-2024

Carol & Family, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Dena & family
from: Edwards Family at 84 Campon: 04-02-2024

So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Thoughts and prayers for the family during these difficult times. God bless.
from: Greg Luciaon: 04-02-2024

I am so sad to hear that Don has passed. Pitch night won't be the same without him. Carol and Mike, you are in my thoughts.
from: LYNDA SHAFERon: 04-02-2024

So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was such a wonderful guy,and pure gentleman. Definitely will be truly missed. Sending our sincere condolences
from: Ron+Pat Catelotti on: 04-02-2024

So very sad to hear of Don’s passing. We will miss seeing him and Carol taking their walks through the neighborhood and around town. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
from: Jan and Joe Roggeon: 04-02-2024

Dear Carol - I’m so very sorry for your tremendous loss. Although I met Don only a few times, it was always obvious the deep connection you had for one another. I’ll not forget the way he danced the Polka with you last year at the Polish picnic. What a loving and fun partner he must have been. God bless you Carol as you embrace all your cherished memories.
from: Julie Heritageon: 04-02-2024

I am very sorry for your loss.
from: Liz Yates Celentanoon: 04-02-2024

Don was a perfect gentleman, always had a smile for everyone. I was fortunate to work with him on many Fall Foliage Parades and became friends. Please cherish all your memories with him, I’m sure he would want that.
Jim &Judy Roberts
from: Don Graveson: 04-02-2024