Daniel Wadsworth Gracey, 52

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 9:15pm

Daniel Wadsworth Gracey, 52, died unexpectedly on June 19, 2015. Dan was born on April 16, 1963 in Hartford, Conn. He graduated from Granby Memorial High School, where he was a multi-sport all-conference athlete.  He went on to attend Suffield Academy for a year before enrolling at Skidmore College, where he graduated with departmental honors as a Periclean Scholar.  Dan worked as a carpenter on Block Island during summers in college, and he returned to work there for a few winters following graduation. Dan met his former wife, Caitlin Lynch, on the island, and their three children, Madden, Jed, and Angus, continue to love the island and its unique community just as much as their dad did.

Connecticut’s Northwest Corner always captivated Dan. Cornwall, where many of his ancestors lived within view of the long valley beneath Colt’s Foot Mountain. It was Dan’s idea of paradise. He returned in the 1990’s and made Cornwall his home. He was excited to start a family in the very house he had visited his grandparents in so often as a boy and young man.

A logging accident in January of 1996 left him paralyzed, but through the remarkably generous support of friends and family, he recovered and returned to his work in carpentry. Despite his injury, he added excavating and farming to his work, raising beef cattle from his wheelchair at his home in the center of the village and in the valley he always cherished.

He is predeceased by his father, Jerome Gracey, and his grandparents, Ernest and Edna Gracey, and Alfred and Jean Bacon. Dan is survived by a daughter, Madigan Gracey; two sons, Jedidiah Gracey and Angus Gracey; his mother, Marjorie Gracey of Granby; his brothers, Ian Gracey of Orr’s Island, Maine, Michael Gracey of Newburyport, Mass., and Ewart Skinner of Bowling Green, Ohio; his former wife, Caitlin Lynch; and many other relatives, including Jack and Jean Bryant of Cornwall, David Bryant of Boston, Mass., and Chuck Bryant of Philadelphia, Pa. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Rico, and several cows, which allowed him to recreate the Cornwall Valley of his childhood.

A celebration of his life will be held at the United Church of Christ, Cornwall Congregational at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 27. Please wear casual, colorful clothing, particularly green, and, of course, your Boston Red Sox hats. Following the service will be a reception at the church hall, then a garden open house and wiffle ball, at 36 Pine Street. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to Lifestar, http://www.harthosp.org/LIFESTAR/default.aspx.