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Walter  Grote

Memorial for Walter Grote

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Dec. 24, 1922
Died on Sep. 6, 2013 and resided in Newton, NJ.
Visitation: Sunday, Sep. 8, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Memorial Service: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013
11:00 am
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Walter Grote of Newton passed peacefully of natural causes on September 6, 2013, at the age of 90 years.

Walter was a former mayor and councilman of Scotch Plains, NJ, longtime employee of Standard Oil (aka S.O., Esso, Exxon, Exxon-Mobil), former elder at Willow Grove (Scotch Plains) & Brick Presbyterian Churches. He was a former Master Sergeant in the United States Army when he oversaw German prisoners at Fort Niagara, New York, during World War II. As devoted as he was to his God, his country and his employer, Walter was thoroughly committed to his family. For as long as he was physically able, he always prioritized family activities, rarely missing a child's team's game or meet whether they were playing or sitting on the bench.

Walter was born in his home on 10 High Street in Elizabeth, NJ, on December 24, 1922, and was raised in the Peterstown section of Elizabeth. As an adult, he lived in Elmora (Elizabeth), Scotch Plains, Brick (Lions Head South), where he was Master of Ceremonies for many of the Lions Head South talent shows from
1990-2010, and most recently, at Bristol Glen in Newton, NJ. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson (now Elizabeth) High School, Walter was an avid supporter of the athletic careers of his nephews, nieces, sons, and grandchildren, cheering them on at Thomas Jefferson, Scotch Plains and later Rutgers and Cornell Universities. He coached recreational baseball, served as Scoutmaster of Troop 102 in Scotch Plains and was an advisor for Junior Achievement in Elizabeth.

Walter went to college and graduated from Upsala College and Rutgers University with BS and MBA degrees respectively. He started as a pipe-fitter and boiler-maker, but once he was degreed, worked for Esso and then Exxon as a supervisor. As an early systems analyst, he worked with one of the first IBM computers used in business at the Bay Way Refinery. That computer was as large as a basketball court and held less memory than today's laptop.

The son of the late Frank Grote, Sr., and Louise (Midgley) Grote, Walter was also predeceased by his older brother, Frank Grote, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Pegee (Agnes Kravec) Grote of Newton, NJ; two sons, Walter R. of Newton and Stewart R. Grote of Leavenworth, Kansas, and their families, including Walter's wife, Debbie (Reilly) Grote and their children, (Walter) Luke Grote, Mary-Stewart Grote and her husband, Phillip, and son, Fillmore Mac, Brielle Grote, Skylar Grote, Eric Banda and family, Vanessa Banda Ulmer and family, and Michael Banda & his wife, Brittany. Also, Stewart's wife Catherine (Missy) Martin Grote and their children, (Jon) Michael Grote and Morgan Grote. He is also survived by his two younger brothers, Robert Grote of Brick, NJ, and William Grote of Arlington, VA, and many nieces and nephews.

Walter Grote lived his life by the motto on the Grote family shield – "to do good, rather than be famous."

He shared with his family that once when he was on the town council, he was offered a "free lunch". He kindly declined the offer and told the supporter that there was no such thing as a "free lunch" and that he'd rather pay for his lunch than create a nebulous "IOU" – a lesson that will be passed on to future generations.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 54 High Street, Newton, with Reverend David Young and Luke Grote officiating. A Memorial Visitation will be held Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to KidsPeace Corporate Headquarters, 4085 Independence Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078-2574; Bristol Glen Fellowship Fund, 200 Bristol Glen Drive, Newton, NJ, 07860.

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