Seascout-Net Mail Archive for April of 1999: A Fond Farewell
A Fond Farewell
Fri, 09 Apr 1999 23:55:47 -0700
We have lost another of our own.
Harry Graves of Long Beach passed away last Thursday, April 1st,
after a lingering illness.
Harry's career in Sea Scouts spanned over 50 years. As a young man,
he worked at Mare Island Shipyard building boats for service in W.W.II.
Subsequently, he spent 33 years at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
In 1961, a surplus Navy hull was donated to the Sea Scout program in
Long Beach. After checking the number and time frame, Harry realized
this was a hull he built in 1944 at Mare Island! He then proceeded to
design and help Sea Explorers to construct a cabin and topsides on the
"Volunteer IV", which is still in use today, having been reassigned to
Long Beach Ship #564, the "Conquest". Harry was also instrumental in
acquiring and remodeling the vessel currently used by Ship #509, a
converted Navy minesweeper, the "Volunteer V".
Mr. Graves was a member of Long Beach Elks Lodge #888, which still
sponsors Ship #509. He was Skipper of the "Volunteer" for many years,
and continued with the unit to the end.
Harry is survived by his wife, Mary Geraldine, daughter Mary ("Woody")
Litwhiler, and grandson Josh, as well as his sisters, Lillian and
Services will be held at 10:00 AM at Leisure World Christian Chapel on
Saturday, April 10, 1999. Burial will be at Sea at 1400 hrs from the
Beach Sea Base, 5875 Appian Way. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
donations to Ship #509, "Volunteer", c/o Loyd Wilcox, 7885 Garner
Long Beach, CA 90808.
In the time he spent with the young people of Long Beach, Harry Graves
touched countless lives. To his dying day, he gave his best. He will be
Clear skies and calm seas, our friend.
Long Beach, California.
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