James M. Groft
02/24/1957 - 12/19/2016

James M. Groft, 59, of New Oxford, entered into God’s eternal care on Monday, December 19, 2016 at York Hospital. He was the husband of Anne E. (Hartlaub) Groft to whom he was married 38 years.  Born February 24, 1957 in Hanover, he was the son of the late George B. and Margaret G. (Smith) Groft.  Jim was co-owner of G.B. Groft Excavating in Hanover and owner of JMG Trucking, LLC in New Oxford. He was a 1975 graduate of Delone Catholic High School, a member of Sacred Heart Basilica, Edgegrove, the McSherrystown Home Association, Moose and Fish and Game and the Green Springs Rod and Gun Club. Jim enjoyed Sprint car racing, hunting, golfing, making trips to the mountains and the family cabin and spending time with family and friends especially his grandchildren of whom he was very proud.  Surviving in addition to his wife are three children; Mark J. Groft of Newville, Jamie A. Renna and her husband Chris of East Petersburg and Chris M. Groft and his wife Holly of New Oxford, two grandchildren; Brooke Groft and Aria Renna and three siblings; Jeanne M. Baugher and her husband Rick, Robert G. Groft and Kathy A. Seymore and her husband Dale all of Hanover. A Celebration of Life service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2106 at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave, McSherrystown with Rev. Joseph R. Howard officiating. Burial will be private. Friends and relatives will be received at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m.

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Posted at:12/20/2016 11:11 pm
James mckee - Mckee340@gmail.com
A honest,fair and caring soul. You will be greatly missed.

Posted at:12/21/2016 7:07 am
Todd McGonigal - tmcgonigal31@comcast.net
I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted at:12/21/2016 9:09 am
Michael and Marlene Steinour - msteinour@comcast.net
We are so very sorry for the loss of Jim. He had a big heart and an even bigger personality so we know his legacy will live on in your memories. We are keeping your family in thought and prayer during this sad time. Sincerely, Michael and Marlene Steinour

Posted at:12/22/2016 10:10 am
Charlie Baker - charlie@frockbros.com
Jim Groft was probably the most opinionated / hard headed person I ever met. He bitched about everything, AND in his opinion, HE WAS NEVER WRONG. He pretended to be tough skinned on the outside, but deep inside, and we all knew it , Jim had a heart of gold. It didn t matter what he was doing, if you needed him, he dropped everything and was there for you. He was one of my closest friends, and those don t come along like him everyday. Man,,,,,,i sure am gonna miss him Jim, see you at the "round table" in the sky

Posted at:12/22/2016 10:10 am
Kelly Neubecker - kellyneubecker@gmail.com
I am so sorry for the loss of Jim. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. He made his friends feel like family. He will truly be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted at:12/22/2016 8:08 pm
Bob Thomas - thomasmotorlines@gmail
I only met Jim a couple times but he was a nice sincere person. My son Travis really liked him. So sorry for the Loss and I wish his family all the best!!

Posted at:12/22/2016 10:10 pm
Sue Flaherty Myers - susiefm@verizon.net
My thoughts, prayers and love are with you all... What memories I have of the Groft family and all of our fun. May all of your memories and love help you through this time. God bless you all, Sue Myers

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