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Oak Lawn Funeral Home

619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, FL

OBITUARY

Robert "Brian" Groton

September 20, 1961August 26, 2019
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On Monday, August 26, 2019, Robert Brian Groton, beloved husband and father of four unexpectedly left this earth at the age of 57.

Brian was born in Salisbury, Maryland, the second son to Ronald E. Groton Sr. and Martha E. Groton. He enjoyed competitive swimming as a boy, even competing in the Jr. Olympics. He graduated from Parkside High School in 1981 before embarking on countless adventures, too numerous to mention.

He married his most daunting adventure, Janette Groton on July 2, 1993 and together they raised four more, Adam, Naylor, Reagan and Rion. It's difficult to summarize a personality so large. It would take volumes. If you met Brian once you never forgot him. He would keep you spellbound with outrageous stories, often co-starring his partners in crime, brothers Gene, Ron Jr., and Patrick and sister Beth. Brian was larger than life, as well as loud, funny, kind and loving. He was one of the smartest people you'd ever meet. Though he struggled with dyslexia, he never let it stop him. He had a thirst for knowledge and loved reading about his interests.

Work, for Brian, was just another thing for him to pour his heart into. He strove to be the best at whatever he did. Although he was a truck driver when he passed, he had several trades through his life, roofing, tree climbing and removal, house painting, and a landscape foreman before truck driving.

In his free time, Brian loved going to Biloxi to try his luck and, like everything else, he studied and practiced until he knew everything about the game.

More than anything, he loved his family. His wife and children were the light of his life. Every Sunday, his parents awaited his weekly call to keep him aprised of all the family news. His wife and kids, parents and siblings, nieces and nephews, and a bonus family including his mother-in-law Carolyn Gray, sisters-in-law Erica and Otto Jester, Kelly and Jason Shipley, Lisa and Bruce Capecci and Erin Gray were also held dearly in his heart.

Brian was preceded in death by his brother, Gene Groton and nephew, Paul Groton. He is survived by his parents, Ron and Martha Groton; wife, Janette Groton; children, Adam, Naylor, Reagan, Rion; brothers, Ron Groton Jr., Patrick Groton; sister, Beth (Pete) Mohr; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, September 2, 2019 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. The Celebration of Brian's Life will begin at 7:00 pm.

  • FAMILY

  • Martha Groton, Mother
  • Ron Groton, Father
  • Carolyn "Janette" Groton, Wife
  • Adam Groton, Son
  • Naylor Groton, Son
  • Reagan Groton, Daughter
  • Rion Groton, Son
  • Gene Groton, Brother (deceased)
  • Ron Groton Jr., Brother
  • Patrick Groton, Brother
  • Beth Mohr, Sister
  • Pete Mohr, Brother-in-law
  • Paul Groton, Nephew (deceased)
  • and numerous nieces & nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 2, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Monday, September 2, 2019

Memories

Robert "Brian" Groton

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Sue Nolen

August 29, 2019

I've only known Brian for the last few months. I work at the Post Office in Jay and he brought the mail to us. He was always smiling and was a super nice guy. He was a hard worker and was always quick and efficient in getting the mail to us. We never saw him have a bad day and never heard him say anything negative. To his wife and family, I'm sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed! 😓

Paula Johnson

August 29, 2019

I haven't seen Brian in about 15 years but in all the years I knew him, I rarely saw him without a smile on his face. I am praying for comfort for Janette, his children and the rest of his family.

Jodie Loy

August 29, 2019

I lost touch with Brian about 25 years ago. I am so happy to see that he had a wonderful wife and family. He was definitely taken too soon... Prayers to his wife, kids, parents and siblings. You will be missed!! RIP My Friend.

Frank Hanna

August 29, 2019

So sorry to hear of Brian's passing !! To myself and my Family Brian was such a Talented Hard Working Man Who loved his Family and was So reliable but most Important Brian was just a Great Sincere Guy !! We will miss His Smiling personality! Prayers for Peace and Strength to his Family !! From Frank and Nancy Hanna and our Family !!!

Ranny Townsend

August 28, 2019

To Brian's family,

I went to school and graduated with Brian. Always a good guy and so sorry to see he has passed so young. Love and prayers for all the family and may the Lord give you all strength and peace now and in the days to come.

Patrick Groton

August 28, 2019

Brian my brother, you are absolutely the best brother anyone could have. I miss you so terribly bad already. Your children that you and Janette have raised will always be there for there mother just like you where and the way you raised them. I know you are our angel with Gene and Paul. Till we meet again keep being the loving, caring, loyal, fun Crazy Brian that we all love. R.I.P MY BROTHER, love you !!!!!

Debbie Marvel

August 28, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Our families spent a lot of time together when all of us kids were younger. They were my second family. Brian was a very cool guy. I know he will be greatly missed. Prayers of peace to all of his family.

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