Keith J. Gravelin 41 of Springfield died Saturday June 8, 2008 at his home. Born in Springfield May 30, 1967 he was the son of Louis J. Gravelin and Jean Ann (Cushman). Keith proudly served his Lord as an alter server at St. Patrick’s Church in Springfield, and was active as a youth in the Boy Scouts. In his youth Keith grew up in the 16 Acres section of the city, and was educated in Springfield schools he was a graduate of Classical High School. Keith proudly served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard, stationed at Atlantic Beach, NC, where he was active in sea rescues, and working together as a team to apprehend drug smugglers. He later worked for Hatteras Yacht Co. he covered many miles traveling to work or repair yachts, he truly loved this job and left due to illness; he then attended Springfield Technical Community College and majored in the sciences. He was an EMT, a Certified Nurses Aid and worked at Mercy Medical Center as a psych sitter and as an orderly on the rehab unit, it was there that Keith’s true calling was found, helping other people, to be of service to those who are ill. He will long be remembered for his love of the sea. He also loved the great outdoors especially camping and fishing. Keith also worked for Seacoar Corporation on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, where his Coast Guard Rescue experience proved invaluable as he saved the life of a co-worker who fell overboard. He is survived by his father Louis J. Gravelin and his wife Jeanne Abair Gravelin of Ludlow, his mother Jean A. (Cushman) Santos and her husband George of Springfield. His girlfriend Debbie Stoler of Florence, MA a sister Karen M. Gravelin of Bridgeport, CT step sisters Nicole Abair and her husband James Cavallo of Lexington, MA Jacqueline Abair and her husband Christopher Ruggiero of Danbury, CT and Suzanne Abair and Kathleen McDonald of Lexington, MA Carleen Larson of West Boylston, MA Brenda Pike of Auburn, MA Thomas Santos and Stephen Santos of Ludlow, MA 5 Nephews and 2 nieces, aunts, uncles and many extended family members and friends.
Independently owned and operated Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home “Care for the Community sine 1932”
Funeral services celebrating Keith’s life will be Friday June 13, 2008 with family and friends gathering at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Ludlow at 9:45 AM Msgr. Homer P. Gosselin will preside at an 11 AM Con-celebrated Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Church 181 Hubbard St. Ludlow, MA Rites of committal with Military Honors will follow at the Massachusetts Veteran’s memorial Cemetery of Agawam.