Keith Elliot Graves, 57, of Holyoke and formerly of Martha’s Vineyard, died at Holyoke Medical Center on August 23, 2011. Keith was born in Springfield, the son of Robert L. Graves of Vineyard Haven and the late Shirley Hinson Graves. Keith was educated in the Springfield public schools and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps.Keith loved the outdoors; he was an avid fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman. He cherished the many years he lived on Martha’s Vineyard enjoying the full value of the island life. Keith had a very warm and giving heart and always reached out to help others less fortunate.He leaves a daughter, Kai Graves of Springfield, a son, Bryan Graves also of Springfield, and two grandchildren, Aiden Graves and Madigan Graves of Springfield.
Keith leaves four brothers: Robert L. Graves of Pittsfield, Phillip A. Graves of Geneva, Fla., Michael E. Graves of Norfolk, Va., and Peter J. Graves of Edgartown. Keith also leaves two sisters; Kathy E. Graves of Summerville, S.C., and Laura M. (Graves) Burr of Springfield. Keith was predeceased by his brother Joel M. Graves. Keith also leaves several nieces, nephews, cousins and a large extended family.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St. Holyoke, MA 01040-7002.The family will receive friends at 11 am on Wednesday, August 31, at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Rd, Oak Bluffs. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Bluffs. Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.