Falmouth — Leo J. Gravell Sr., of North Falmouth, died peacefully on June 30, with his family, after a short illness. He was 90. Born in Central Falls, R.I., his family moved to Everett, Mass., when he was a young boy. He was the second child of 13 brothers and sisters. He was married to Mary Ruth (Melvin) Gravell for 67 years.
Leo joined the Navy at 17, the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. He served aboard a Navy “Oiler” in the Aleutian Islands for a year and then in the South Pacific aboard an Aircraft Carrier for two years. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked as a tailor at the Fargo Building in Boston and other tailor shops in Charlestown. After he married, he lived in Quincy, Dorchester, and for 50 years, in Andover. He founded the Andover Hockey Shop in Shawsheen Square, Andover, in 1968, and it is still in business today. He was known as the “Mayor of Shawsheen” and said “he never met a kid he didn’t like." He was a member of Andover Country Club, and the Martin Downs Country Club in Palm City, Fla. He was a sports fan and enjoyed watching the Bruins, Red Sox and Friday night fights. He was a lifetime member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge #2070.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth (Melvin) Gravell; his daughter, Karen McCabe and his son-in-law, James McCabe of North Falmouth. He had seven grandchildren, Leo J. Gravell III of Windham, N.H., Christopher Gravell of Windham, Cheri Boudreau of Manchester, N.H., Andrea Griffiths of Windham, Daniel Joseph (DJ) Gravell of Methuen, Alison (McCabe) Moorhouse of Bourne, and Colleen (McCabe) Gaffney of Falmouth. He also had 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Leo (Sandy) Gravell Jr.; his two brothers, Kenneth Gravell of Revere, and Richard Gravell of Somerville; and a sister, Ruth Mabire of Pensacola, Fla.