Lesley Antoine Gros, formerly of Middletown, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV where he was living temporarily with his daughter and granddaughter. He was 90.
Mr. Gros was born in Labadieville, Louisiana on October 7, 1922, a son of the late Albert C. and Edna Richard Gros. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Junius Gros, Elise Gros Triche, Lee Gros, Rosalie Gros, Paul Gros, all of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Louise Gros Hampton of Picayune, Mississippi. Mr. Gros moved with his family to New Orleans at the age of 5 and lived there until he joined the Navy in 1940. He served during World War II and the Korean War, and observed many tours of duty overseas and in the U.S. until his retirement in 1960 as a Chief Boatswain's Mate. In 1961, Mr. Gros became employed by Raytheon Corporation in Portsmouth, RI as a security guard and was promoted in 1965 to Expediter in the Research and Development Engineering Department. He was then promoted to Junior Buyer status in 1970, retiring from the Corporation in 1984 as a Senior Buyer.
During his retirement years, Mr. Gros enjoyed travelling with his family, golfing, and tending to his beautiful rose garden and yard. He also enjoyed making knot boards illustrating his talent for knot tying that he learned during his Naval career. Some of these boards were donated to the Seaman's Institute in Newport. Mr. Gros also served at St. Clare's Home in Newport, volunteering his time for many years entertaining the residents and staff during his activity called "Laughs With Les".
Mr. Gros leaves his dear wife of 69 years, Ruth Carr Gros, the love of his life, whom he met while stationed in Newport during 1944. He was preceded in death by their loving daughter, Carol Gros Carlen of Alameda, California who died in 1992, and is survived by their daughter, Barbara Gros Holloway of Martinsburg, WV. He leaves also, his only granddaughter, Meghan Holloway Wiley and two great-grandsons, Jordan and Darien Wiley, all of Martinsburg, WV. Mr. Gros, who was a devoted family man is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews in the New Orleans and Texas areas.
Visiting hours will take place on Monday, September 2, 2013 from 3-6 pm in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday September 3, 2013 at St. Mary’s Church, Spring Street, Newport at 9 am. Burial with Military Honors will be at Trinity Cemetery, Portsmouth, R.I. Donations may be made in Mr. Gros memory to the St. Clare Home, 309 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840
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