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Jonathan D. Groves

October 08, 1969 - June 10, 2021

Obituary For Jonathan D. Groves

Jonathan D. Groves, of Arlington, passed away suddenly on June 10th. Beloved son of William and Sandra (Bush) Groves of Arlington. Dear brother to Bill Groves of Arlington and Heidi Candiloro and her husband Brian of Hudson. Loving uncle to Colin and Steven Candiloro. Jonathan is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relative and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass. Ave., Arlington on Thursday June 17 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in Jonathan's name can be made to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org or to the American Heart Association at heart.org

More about Jonathan’s life:
Jonathan Douglas Groves was born on his uncle’s birthday which is why they traded first and middle names. His mother, thrilled with her new son, entered him in the Jordan Marsh baby beauty contest. He was a handsome inquisitive and sweet boy. His great imagination started early, one time he camped under a dining table, his reason was to be “with a giraffe,” which his mom accepted as fair enough. When older and in middle school, his teacher reported that he had the broadest knowledge of all of her students and if you ever watched Jeopardy with him, good luck keeping up.

Jonathan grew up in Arlington and it was always his home base. In high school, he competed on the computer team, and at home cut his tech teeth on Atari Home Computers. He graduated early from U. Lowell in Computer Science, and soon after was involved in the newest technology, the Internet. His career focused in Cambridge and Boston on building the web at places such as, ICS, “The Internet Company” (imagine having [email protected] as your email address), Arnold Worldwide, and Wolters-Kluwer.

As a Co-founder of the cutting edge, “The Internet Company”, he built some of the earliest large scale websites for boston.com and Ziff Davis. He also developed medical database sharing technologies between the US and Germany for improved collaboration. At Arnold Worldwide, Jonathan was a Technical Director managing teams for interactive online advertising. His clients included Ocean Spray, Titleist, Royal Caribbean, and Volkswagen/Audi during the reintroduction of the VW Beatle and the new TT roadster. For his leadership on the well-received Volkswagen campaigns, he received a Clio award – it is considered the "Oscar" of the advertising industry. He was elevated because of his successes to a position of Vice President at Arnold. When his promotion was announced, it was immediately celebrated by his tech friends and brother. This was at of course, at Mary Chung’s where he was called “Mr Vice President” all night, which he accepted with a grin. Jonathan was humble despite his expertise and experiences.

Jonathan’s personal interest and skills were diverse. He was a decent homebrewer – his best was a crisp strawberry IPA that he shared with friends. His cooking skills were quite impressive, especially international ones. His Indian curry was but one example and was delicious. It’s pretty well known by his many scouting friends that he was an avid collector of scout memorabilia, taking an interest in preserving related local history. What may be of a bigger surprise to some is that Jonathan played guitar. He sang around the house and would harmonize with his dad or brother on occasions. He was a fan of Neil Young, Rush, Pink Floyd, classic rock in general and alternative 90’s bands.

He found adventures in traveling both locally and across the country. He also enjoyed camping and hiking in New Hampshire. A cliff view, such as Bald Mountain, near Camp Sachem, was a tradition and favorite hike on his birthday.

Jonathan was a quiet guy but had a great sense of humor that would come out often. He could be dry, punny, and silly. His good nature, generosity, and loyalty brought him many lifelong friends.

Jonathan was heavily involved in Boy Scouts. He was an Eagle Scout in his youth and gave back to the program countless hours. He worked helping youth and adults in Troops 302, and 306 over the years, as a Merit Badge Counselor, and in scout leadership training. He was honored with the prestigious District Award of Merit in 2019 for his dedication. He was selected by his peers to be in the Order of the Arrow Honor Society as a Vigil Member. He was involved in camp improvement work projects, led as a trainer, and was an officer of the membership group. He participated in many national and regional events making friends and connections across the country.
His Community Service extended to the youth award oriented Thompson Fund. He also gave his time to working in soup kitchens during the holidays.

Jonathan was a devoted son, giving his time and energy to be with his family and care for them to the highest level. He was a best friend, confidant, co-adventurer, and navigator to his brother. He was always steadfast in serving as a support to his sister and her family and enjoyed spending time with his nephews and brother-in-law. We don’t have the words to say how much he will be missed.

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Jonathan was one of the best camp staff members I ever had the opportunity to work with! He was awesome at teaching skills in our Cub Scout Day Camp to young scouts and represented true scouting spirt to all - his ability to invent new songs and skits kept everyone positive, even during the hottest, longest days of camp. As a new-comer to the area years ago - Jonathan and his father Bill were always very welcoming to me. My time in scouting was the best! My condolences to the Groves family.
- Ron Trznadel
Fellow Scout and Scouter, former co-worker/colleague, sometimes rival, always friend. I first met Jonathan while trying to check in for the 1988 NE-1A section conclave, held at Mt. Norris in Vermont. Anyone familiar with that camp knows it is a good 5-6 hour drive from central or eastern Massachusetts, and since I had to work that day, I did not arrive until after midnight. Contingents, and most of the Staff, were already asleep, but the camp office was open and lit up like a Christmas tree, and so I waited there hoping to find someone who could get me checked in and find my lodge. Jonathan got there about the same time (he was still in college at U-Lowell, now UMASS/Lowell), and since nobody was around to check us in, we traded patches - all night. The first of MANY all-nighters spent trading patches with Jonathan over the next 33 years we were friends. The following year our lodges were broken up, with his lodge (Taskiagi 261) staying with the newly reorganized Section NE-1A, and mine (Pachachaug 525) going with NE-1B. While we would no longer see each other at conclaves (except in the rare years they were not on the same weekend), we would take care of each other, as he would ensure that I always got a set of the NE-1A issues, and I would ensure that he got any NE-1B memorabilia. Meeting up to trade after conclave each year was always a great excuse to go to one of his (and my) favorite restaurants - Mary Chung in Cambridge (on Mass. Ave. near Central Scare). And of course the ONLY things we would ever order there were Suan la Chow Shau and Dun-dun noodles with shredded chicken. Living in the Boston area, he always had easy access to public transportation, so Jonathan did not drive -- but could always be counted upon to ride shotgun on long drives to various scouting events and tradorees, and many hours of "talking patches" and sharing knowledge. As we were both engineers, we would also sometimes "talk tech" and on one such trip I was bemoaning the fac
- Pakachoag Wetherbee
Jon and I met at ULowell where we were both CS majors (we were the last year before it became UMass, Lowell). Finishing in Dec 1990, he graduated a semester early, me a semester late. We both spent a lot of time at Wannalancit Mills (where all the CS stuff was). When we met, I was a transfer student at a school that was traditionally a commuter college, so it was hard to make friends. He was one of the few that I had from those days. Unfortunately, for reasons I do not understand, we fell out of touch. As someone else noted, Jon didn't drive. But, you all may be surprised to know that he once had a learner's permit - during college I took him to the RMV to get it. A favorite saying I got from Jon (who I think maybe got it from Guinness?) is "beer, a sandwich in every glass". We had a lot of sandwiches... And, for reasons neither of us can remember, at times in conversations, Jon and my husband Andy would look at each other and start to sing "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister (maybe if someone said the phrase "break out"?). It was so odd and out of character (Jon singing?), it was hilarious. I am sorry you had to go so soon. I miss you buddy. This one's for you Jon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIOJdMdS56k
- Nadine Macolini
We met Jon when our 5th grade cub scout crossed over to the Troop 306. Jon was always there to help our children by leading merit badge sessions and by sharing his vast scouting knowledge. In addition to helping the scouts, Jon participated in every parent meeting, listened to everyone and offered his advice. We got to learn fun facts about Jon too. He had guinea pigs when growing up and caring for them helped him earn the Pets merit badge (just like our daughter). We will sorely miss him, the humble, true Scouter we could always rely on. Our deepest condolences to Jon's family. The Kiss Family from Troop 306.
- The Kiss Family
I did not know Jon well, but I did have the pleasure of talking with him often at meetings of Troop 306. He was a fixture there, always teaching the kids about scout skills, conducting Boards of Review, or helping in any way he could. I remember one conversation where we had a discussion about whether Camp Oak in Burlington had a patch for 1973. I was sure that I had one, but he assured me that they did not produce a patch for that year. When I went home and checked, he was right. He knew his patches. We often conducted Boards of Review together and would talk about the positive effects that scouting has had on our lives. I think every Scout that reaches a certain point realizes that scouting is not just a fun activity, but a code that you live by. Jon was a great example of that code. More importantly, he spent a huge portion of his life teaching that code and the values of scouting to others. For that, I thank him. When the Scoutmaster was announcing the arrangements for Jon at tonight's meeting, he ended with a benediction that I have not heard for many years but was once the ending of every scout meeting. "May the great Scoutmaster of all great Scouts be with us until we meet again
- Al Hiltz

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