STANDISH – Calvin Frederick Grass Sr., 84, passed away April 16, 2011. He was born Oct. 31, 1926, in Limestone, the son of Charles and Inez (Gallagher) Grass.
He graduated from Limestone High School, joined the Navy, as a pharmacist’s mate, and attained advanced degrees in science education and physics. He met his wife of 60 years, Jane Robertson, while they were teachers at Madison High School. Cal and Jane were married in 1950 and raised a family. Calvin taught at Castleton State Teacher’s College in Vermont, Ulster County Community College in New York and Gorham State Teacher’s College/University of Southern Maine. They settled in Sebago Lake, later retiring to Titusville, Fla., and finally returning to Maine. Calvin was an amazing self-taught pianist/organist, who played music as though it were a part of him; and indeed, it was as he composed more 100 hymns and marches throughout the course of his lifetime. In the months before his death, he finished compiling a book, "Music For the Family." Calvin was an active member of Sebago Lake Congregational Church and played the organ there monthly. He was a past master of Standish Masonic Lodge No. 70, past worthy patron of Dawn of Hope No. 106 Order of the Eastern Star and past worthy grand patron of the state of Maine. Calvin was a loving husband and father.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Jane; their five children and spouses, Calvin II and Deborah of Waynesboro, Pa., Gregory and Cheryl of Auburn, Mass., Miriam Walker and Peter of Sebago Lake, Elizabeth and Bruce of South Lebanon and Rebecca of Haddon Township, N.J.; 14 treasured grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Many thanks to Visiting Nurses Association homecare, staff at Mercy Hospital and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
A celebration of life will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Sebago Lake Congregational Church, Standish. Interment and Masonic funeral rite will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Sebago Lake Congregational Church, Sebago Center Community Church or Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. To offer words of condolence, sign a guest book and share memories, go to the obituary page at