BEAVER, David McNeil of Valrico, passed away unexpectedly July 24, 2014 at the age of 59. He was born in Oklahoma City, OK the son of S. Burrl and Mary McNeil Beaver. After graduating from West Liberty State College, he entered into banking management, and eventually became the president of his own company, Retail Services Inc. David is preceded in death by his father, S. Burrl Beaver. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Shari McMaster Beaver; two daughters, Claire McMaster Beaver and Rachel McNeil Beaver; his mother, Mary McNeil Beaver; cousin, Jay McNeil and his wife, Dana, along with an extended family that he dearly loved. David always found the humor in life’s everyday moments. He was a lifelong practical joker, and an avid fan of drag racing, he loved spending time in Jackson, WY, but most of all he loved his girls. David was a caring son, good friend, wonderful father, loving husband, and a one of a kind great man that will be cherished in the hearts by those that loved and knew him.
Thomas A. Grall Sr.
January 26, 1935-January 6, 2017
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Techer, Hall’s of Fame Coach, Businessman, U.S. Navy Veteran, friend to many.
Born to Mary Preen Grall and Patrick Joseph Grall of Cranford New Jersey, January 26th 1935.
Married to Margaret Knight Grall on August 26 1961 in Bethany West Virginia.
Two children: Thomas A. Grall Jr. and Life Partner Laura Fitch, sons Joshua Thomas Grall, and Tommy Grall III, Imperial Beach California. Jane Anne Grall Frye, husband Jamie Frye and daughter Maggie Frye, Del Sur, California.
Few men have received more joy in a life time…Thank you to my wife, our children, grandchildren, son-in-law and close family and friends. Thank you to my sisters and their families. You have given so much to my life. Paddy Hamilton, Spring Lake, NJ: Mary Grace Killmer, husband John, Spring Lake NJ: Lt CDR USN, Gene Grall deceased: The Honorable Jane Grall and husband The Honorable Edward Neafsey, Avon by the Sea NJ, Dr. Anne Reichel, Husband Jack, Lincolnshire IL. Thank you also to my students, Athletes, Colleagues, Friends and family who have blessed our lives. I have learned much from you.
Graduate, St. Benedicts Prep, Newark NJ, 1952: Graduate B.S. Springfield College Mass, 1960, Graduate Westfield State College, Westfield Mass, M. Ed 1964. US Navy Active duty, 1955-1957’ Survival Swimming Instructor, Honorable Discharge from US Navy 1953-1960. Hall of Fame Coach, 24 years, Businessman 26 years.
Numerous Awards and Honors:
• National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, Inducted 1990.
• West Liberty State University, WV Athletic Hall of Fame, Inducted 1990 Football, Defensive Coach, Swimming Coach
• International Swimming Hall of Fame, FLA for “Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Coaching” Service Award 1990.
• Bethany College WV Athletic Hall of Fame, Swimming Coach and Offensive Football Coach, Inducted, 1997.
• President, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics: Swimming Coaches Assoc. 1973-74
• United States Olympic Swimming Games Committee, 1972 and 1976
• USA Swimming Team Coaching Staff: World University Games, Turin Italy, 1970.
• S.C.I.A.C. Water Polo Coach of the Year, 1974 and 1975.
• Numerous Sales awards during 26 years of service, 3M Company, Minnesota.
“An Irish Dream”
As we stand on the shores on the Emerald Isle
I saw on your face a wonderful smile
You couldn’t believe your dream had come true
Together sharing the hills were so green and the water so blue.
I said to you “if I died this day on this Isle, my true Irish heart would go with a smile”
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the West Liberty University Foundation in Coach Tom Grall’s name.
Jack W. Boston, 88 of Martins Ferry, OH died Saturday, January 21, 2017 surrounded by his family at Forest Hill Nursing Home, St. Clairsville, OH. He was born February 8, 1928 in Shadyside, OH a son of the late Eugene and Arlie (Shipman) Boston.
Jack grew up in Shadyside, one of four children. As a child he found his passion for sports and his love for the Cleveland Indians.
Upon his graduation from high school in 1945 he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then served four years in the Navy.
When he returned he moved to West Liberty where he met his wife Eleanor while attending the University and obtaining his Bachelors Degree. Jack went on to further his education and received his Masters Degree from WVU. He and his wife moved to Martins Ferry where he began his teaching career. Jack was a teacher for 12 years and a Principal for 20 years in the Martins Ferry City School District. He was also head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach.
Jack was a member of the First Christian Church, Martins Ferry, the Martins Ferry Eagles and the Martins Ferry Booster Club where he was a voice for the Purple Riders for 30 years.
He loved people and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, but most of all a man of God whom everyone loved.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Eleanor J. (Mozingo) Boston, brother, Bill Boston and sister, Evelyn Kreiter.
Jack known by most as “Pap” is survived by his daughter, Janet Galiffa of Martins Ferry, granddaughters, Benee Marinacci and Dior (Tom) Kennedy all of Bridgeport, OH, great grandchildren, Gianna, Talia and Mya Marinacci and Tucker Kennedy, sister, Sally Bickmeier, sister-in-law, Delores McClure and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends will be received Tuesday 4- 8 pm at the Heslop Funeral Home, 415 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, OH where services will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:00 am with Minister Rod Kasler officiating. Entombment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, OH.
Military services will be conducted by the Belmont County Veteran’s Association at the cemetery.
The family would like to extend their sincere thank you to Monty Marmie, Emmie Giffin and the staff of Forest Hill.
John F. Grisell, age 66 of Valparaiso, IN, formerly of Moundsville, WV died January 13, 2017. He was born November 17, 1950, the son of the late Curtis and Margaret Myers Grisell. He graduated from Moundsville High School; attended Fairmont State College and West Liberty State College. While living in Moundsville, he was an active member of the community, having served on the City Council and as Mayor; he worked for several years in the Marshall County Assessor’s Office; and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include his wife, Susan Grisell; step-sons, James Meece and Aaron Pavlin; a sister, Jane Grisell Murphy; a nephew, Tim Murphy; and numerous cousins. Family will receive friends on Friday from 5-8pm at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue. Moundsville where Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 10:30am with Rev. Bruce Bevans officiating. Inurnment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville.
TSIKALAS – John G. Age 74, of The Villages, FL, formerly of Grand Island, NY, passed away on May 22, 2016. A graduate of West Liberty State College. A member of the Knights of Columbus, served as Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, member of the Master’s Staff and the Color Corp. John had a deep love for his family, especially his wife Sally for over 50 years, daughters Sherrie (Mark) Morrison, Andrea Reynolds, Danielle (Erik) Phillips. John also leaves behind six grandchildren, AJ and Jarod Morrison, Matthew and Megan Reynolds, Kaitlin and Collin Phillips. donations to the A Memorial Mass was held on July 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen’s Church, Grand Island, NY.