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“Although I did not know Rey Graunas personally, only through his daughter, he was obviously a warm, caring and loving person, children learn what...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Cathy Morrow - Amesbury, MA

“My sincere condolences to you, Claire, and to your family. I will always remember Rey at each 11:15am Mass that he attended with you at St. Julia's...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Anna Melone Pollock - Weston

“A truly great and good man and my dear friend. We're Ancients! ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Stan Stoney - Shrewsbury, MA

“I have very fond memories of Rey's warmth and hospitality when I was a teenager and visiting the Graunas summer place with Rey's niece, and of...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Liz Duvall - Groveland, MA

“Rey was my uncle, my godfather, and a last link to my past. His and Claire's kindness to me and my family over many years will never be forgotten,...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Christine Graunas - Family

“Love you Dad, thank you for everything. You will be forever missed. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Paula Fortuna - South Hampton, NH

“I remember our many mechanical engineer vs electrical engineerconferences. May you rest in peace, Friend.Rudy Marso ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Rudy Marso - Glendale, AZ

“May his memory be eternal ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: John and Tiffany Sterge - MA

“I have wonderful memories of Rey Graunas.He was the perennial leader and organizer of The Ten of Us events for many years as well as being an...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Peter Donadio - milton - Friend

“One of the great ones. Rey's Legacy as a leader (and friend to all) of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company, will be everlasting ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: John Mitchell - Burlington, MA

“God Bless and RIP ReyJohn Grenier Life Member of AHAC ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: John Grenier - Pembroke, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Graunas family. I remember Mr. Graunas as gentle, soft-spoken and with a good sense of humor. I also loved your family...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Ava Grover - Minneapolis, MN

“I have fond memories of our friendship of over 40 years. I served as Lieutenant during Rey's term as Captain Commanding. I sat next to Rey at the...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Ernest Caggiano - Winthrop, FL

Weston – Mr. Reynold P. 'Rey' Graunas, of Weston died Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital after a long period of health issues. He was 90.

Born on May 29, 1928 in Ozone Park, Queens, New York he was a son of the Lithuanian immigrants John and Mary (Rinkevicius) Graunas. Upon graduating from high school with honors he came to Cambridge in 1946 to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. It was in Boston where he met Claire L. Thornton and they later married in Saint Teresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury and later the same year they moved to Weston.

Upon graduating in 1950 with his ROTC training and background he served with the United States Army in Korea as a lieutenant. Upon his return to the states he served in the Massachusetts State Guard where he retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

Professionally he worked at the General Telephone and Electronics System Division in Needham as a military equipment development engineer for over forty years. He served as lead mechanical engineer on several highly classified top secret projects associated with the development of outer space communication satellites. This work included design on some of the most sophisticated satellites devoted to worldwide communications and additional work included development of several large ground based antennas required for communication.

Active in several military organizations he was most notably and proudly the Commander in 1991 of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. He was a longtime member of the Weston Rotary Club, Retired Men's Association of Sudbury, the Massachusetts Military Historical Society and Saint Julia's Parish.

In addition to his wife of sixty years, Claire, he leaves their children, Sheila M. Childs (Richard) of Fresno, Texas, Paula J. Fortuna (James) of South Hampton, New Hampshire and Jennifer Graunas (Robert Phillips) of Brentwood, New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Timothy Childs, Madeleine Messer (Eric), Peter Childs (Alyssa), Craig Childs, Catherine, Jeffrey and Nicholas Fortuna, Russell, Glenn and Brian Phillips; his great-grandchildren Lincoln and Connor Messer; nieces & nephews.

He was a brother of the late Ernest Graunas.

Family and friends will honor and remember Rey's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, July 19th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Julia Church, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery.

Memorials in his name may be made to Saint Julia's Parish, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493.

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