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Bernard Grabowski


Bernard Grabowski

Bernard Grabowski passed away at his home in Brevard Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.  He was 75. 

He was born Oct. 24, 1940, in Riverside, N.J. to Henry and Sophie (Salkowski) Grabowski.Graduated from Riverside High School in New Jersey, where he was ultimately honored to be named to the Football Hall of Fame.  He also attended Bullis Prep School in Silver Spring, Md. prior to attending the United States Naval Academy where he had been recruited to play football.  He graduated in 1963 with a B.S. degree in engineering.

  He served in the Marine Corps from 1963 to 1968 with tours at various bases in the United States, Guam, and finally Vietnam.  He began his civilian career working in the U.S. Space Program.  Later he held positions in operations and systems analysis in the health care, banking, telecommunications and insurance industries. 

His special interests and hobbies included raising his family, running and football.  His optimism and determination were legendary as was his sheer authenticity and ability to jury-rig just about anything.  He was an avid amateur photographer and loved computers and technology in general. 

He spent the majority of his life in the Philadelphia, Pa. and the Wilmington, Del. areas.  Upon retirement, he relocated to Brevard in 2010 and enjoyed his involvement in neighborhood and community volunteer activities.

  He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lois (Kalsow); son, Joseph (Theresa); daughters, Noreen Lynn and Karen Beth; grandchildren, Derek Adam Knittle and Zoe Faith Grabowski; and brother, Hank (Linda).

  Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Brian Berg Lane, in Brevard. 

The family will greet friends at church from 10:15 a.m. until the time of service.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made in Bernie's name to the USNA Class of '63 Center for Academic Excellence (USNA CAE) or to the church of your choice.

  Online condolences may be left at

  Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.


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