Abel M. Grace, 95, a lifelong resident of Mattapoisett died unexpectedly on Wednesday October 9, 2019.
A World War II Marine Corps veteran, Abel Grace was a part of Montford Point’s first black Marine regiment and saw combat in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, including Guam, Saipan, and Okinawa.
Abel returned from the Marines to work with his father in the family garbage disposal business in Mattapoisett and then was employed by Revere Copper and Brass for 35 years as a crane operator. He also owned a fishing boat the Seldon2 that he used for ground fishing for 20 years. He worked for many local cranberry companies before and after his retirement.
In the 1960’s, Abel was a renowned golfer, winning multiple trophies throughout the area and in Connecticut.
Abel is survived by his wife of 71 years, Libania Grace, his son, Abel Grace Jr. and his wife Lauren, two grandchildren, Sara and Spencer Grace, and a great-grandson, Dexter Bowman.
His visitation will be held on Wednesday October 16, 2019 from 2-6 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Service at 6 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.