1934 – 2016
Eastford – Mark Philip Gratton, known to his family and friends as Phil, 82, of Eastford Rd., died Friday September 16, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. Born in Ellington, CT, he was the son of the late Albert and Rose Laurance (Leduc) Gratton.
Phil Gratton was brought up and attended schools in Pomfret and Thompson and made his home in Eastford for most of his adult life. Phil served in the Army/Army Reserves from 1954-1962. He was employed as a truck driver and mechanic for Charles S. Bowen Trucking of Eastford and later retired in 1995 from Republic Oil in Willimantic.
Phil was a communicant of St. Philip the Apostle Church and recently Most Holy Trinity Church. He was a member of the Teamsters and the American Legion, Rockville Post. He had served as a constable for the Town of Eastford, Treasurer of the Eastford Republican Town Committee, and President of the Eastford Trail Thumpers Snowmobile Club. Phil enjoyed spending time with family and friends at his cabin in Maine, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and anything that had to do with being outdoors. Another of his favorite interests was watching Nascar races. Phil owned and built stock cars with help from friends that raced at the Thompson Speedway and Stafford Speedway from 1965-1972.
Phil enjoyed being with his beloved children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also loved spending time and traveling with his devoted friend and companion Deborah Noble. Phil will be remembered most for his love for his family, his fun-loving spirit, and his witty sense of humor.
Phil is survived by two sons Brian Gratton of Eastford and Martin Gratton of FL; four daughters Debra Reynolds and her husband Russell of Eastford, Audrey Giorgi and her husband Kenneth of CA, Arlene Goodwin and her husband Bruce of Ashford, and Mistie Hagenhoff and her husband Nicolas of TX; twelve grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers Roger and Paul Gratton.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10:00am in St. Philip Church, Pompey Hollow Rd in Ashford, CT. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations in Phil’s name may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of NECT, P.O. Box 632 Putnam, CT 06260. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.