Robert S. Grooms
Robert S. Grooms of Hampton Bays died at his home on May 14. He was 86.
Born in Brooklyn on May 12, 1927, the son of Leroy Ellsworth Grooms and Bertha Alice Skidmore, he was a 1945 graduate of Freeport High School and attended college for three years. The descendant of one of the area’s original settlers, he considered Hampton Bays, known as Good Ground when he was young, his home. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, serving at one time as its grand patriarch; a volunteer at the Long Island Maritime Museum; a leader and commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America; a longtime member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hampton Bays; and a founding member of the Southampton Rifle and Pistol Association.
He had worked as a radiology technician, a funeral director, a photographer, heating and air-conditioning technician and a civil servant. Among his passions were trains, ships, cooking and the waters of the East End.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Jeanette Riley.
Mr. Grooms is survived by his second wife, Mary Tanner Grooms; his children, William of Franklin Square, Ned and wife Linda, of Virginia, Phebe of Pennsylvania, and Amy and husband Ed, of Maryland; four grandchildren, Johanna Schmersal, Renata Provance and husband Matt, Shaun Waddle and Heather Grooms. He is also survived by special friends Betty Arink and Frank Schmersal.
Funeral services, under the direction of the J. Ronald Scott Funeral Home in Hampton Bays, were private. Interment was at Good Ground Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796.