John D. “Jack” Groves, 71, of North Branford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Yale New Haven Hospital with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 48 years to Josephine Calandrelli Groves. Jack was born in Grafton, West Virginia on June 27, 1944; son of the late John D. Groves, Sr. and Jayne Damiano Groves Palmieri. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the former Quinnipiac College; worked at SNET Company for 28 years; was the founder of Partner Communications in 1996 until his retirement in 2005. Jack was a member of the Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity was a founder of the Shoreline Youth Football, active with North Branford Little League and youth basketball where he served as a board member and coach, President of the North Branford Touchdown Club; was an avid golfer, was a NY Yankee, Giants and UCONN Huskies fan. Jack enjoyed following his grandchildren in sports and dance recitals and loved them all unconditionally. Father of Jennifer (Domenic) Liuzzi, John D. (Tracey) Groves III and Jeff R. (fiancé Lisa Cohen) Groves. Gampa of Francesca, Pasquale, Nadia and Gianpaolo Liuzzi, Gabriella and Gavin Groves. Brother-in-law of Paul (Arlene) Calandrelli. Predeceased by his step-father Phillip Palmieri.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Friday morning at 10:15. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 11:00. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook Street, 1-91 Tech Ctr. #3, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.