Rich Graver, 60, of Chester Springs

Rich Graver, 60, of Chester Springs, formerly of Boyertown, husband of Holly (Crable) Graver, passed away Monday September 27, 2021 at the Paoli Hospital.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Myrna (Pierson) Taylor and the late John Graver.

Rich was a giver—to his community, The Victory Bank which he co-founded and built from the ground up, his ever-expanding circle of friends and unsparingly to his family and love of his life, his wife Holly.

He poured himself into making his bank a success and donated his time to sustain the Boyertown community he loved. But nothing infringed on his role as husband, friend, parent, uncle and doting grandparent, Pop Pop.

He was always inquiring about the lives and careers of family members, no matter their age or how far down the family tree. “He embraced all us kids like they were his own,” said the daughter of one of Rich’s many friends.

Rich’s family was loosely defined. “If you were Rich’s friend, you were part of his family,” noted a friend.

A willing and attentive listener, he could talk to anyone about their interests and his eyes glistened in a way that made you feel seen and heard.

He was a man with a zest for life and had found the secret of working and playing hard. An instigator of fun and laughter, his smile lit up a room. He was generous with his time and money.

His paradise was the beach home he and Holly shared near Millsboro, Delaware, where they spent most weekends surrounded by revered friends who also happened to be neighbors.

Perhaps nothing better defined a contented man than Rich in his pontoon, cap of the day on his head, a cigar in his mouth, manning the captain’s chair and leading another outing of family or friends on a glorious day on Rehoboth Bay.

A champion relaxer, if he wasn’t on the water and hobnobbing at a neighborhood get-together or crabbing with grandchildren, he could often be found on the couch in the sunroom, either watching a movie for the umpteenth time or reading a James Patterson mystery until nodding off in a contented, snoring sleep heard by all but himself.

Rich was a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan and the team’s fate on Sundays often set the mood for the beginning of the work week. To the casual observer it was not always apparent that Rich loved his Eagles since much of what he aimed at the TV or inside the stadium was full of invectives if the team did not execute to his expectations.

But like most long-suffering Eagles fans, no amount of losing or frustration deterred his allegiance. He was in attendance at the Eagles’ last two Super Bowls, finally witnessing the pinnacle of his dream in 2018. Rich did not want to go to bed that night.

Golf was another passion. Though he was often hampered by a bad slice, a day on the links was a day well spent.

He loved to travel, whether the history and exquisite food of Italy, the ruggedness of Scotland or imagining himself as one of the “crack crew” on a sailing yacht cruising the British Virgin Islands.

Richie, as he was affectionately known to those closest to him, never missed a vacation with Holly’s family, though he often complained that as an “outlaw” he was only invited so he could drive everyone around.

A natty dresser, Rich loved to dance and most women in attendance got an invitation.

Among the many traits he was known for was an unflinching affinity for hot food. His breakfasts were scorching affairs, and if you entered the kitchen early enough in the morning you would find Rich laboring over a hot smoking skillet, adding stupefying amounts of spices and hot sauces.

He will be missed, so much more than he would ever expect.

Surviving along with his wife and mother are two sons Ryan Graver husband of Erin, and Philip Graver husband of Amber; five grandchildren; and three brothers John Graver husband of Pat, Mike Graver husband of Teri, and Matt Graver.

A memorial service will be held Saturday October 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Saturday from 10:00-11:45 AM at the funeral home. In honor of Rich being an avid Eagles fan, the family encourages everyone to wear green!

In Rich’s memory, please consider donating to the Gift of Life Donor Program. Memorial contributions may be made in Rich’s memory to The American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org

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I am very sadden to read about Rich's passing. I have know Rich a very long time since high school. My deepest symphony

~ Ellen Garber Gilbertsville, PA
10/12/2021 1:01:48 PM

Dear Holly and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your dear Husband, though I have never met him the wonderful comments says it all. My condolences and prayers are with all. Yona Pellini

~ yona pellini
10/8/2021 11:20:29 AM

I was very saddened to hear of Rich's passing. I met Rich in the Victory Bank trailer before the bank was built. Rich was the type of person that made you feel like you had known him for years. He was always optimistic and friendly as well as sincere and professional. I immediately became a customer and investor in the bank because of Rich and the way he conducted himself. My deepest sympathy goes out to Holly, sons and his entire family and friends. I will miss Rich and so will everyone who had known him. May Rich rest in eternal peace and may God bless his family through this difficult time.

~ Jay Constantine Collegeville, PA
10/6/2021 10:30:04 AM

No words can express how sorry Ron and I are. Always enjoyed seeing you guys on the bay. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Holly and your family. God bless you.

~ Rosemary Amadio Millsboro, DE
10/3/2021 3:43:36 PM

What a great tribute to Rich! Holly we can’t make the service but again send you our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Timothy Day Lyons, PA
10/2/2021 8:33:02 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Rich was a great person. A tragic loss for his family and friends. Rich’s life is a life to be celebrated. Prayers to Holly and family.

~ John Montgomery Eighty Four, PA
10/1/2021 6:03:46 PM

Probably the only time a banker called thanking you for doing business with the bank.

~ Mark Zlocki Lititz, PA, pa
10/1/2021 2:45:59 PM

Holly, I am so sorry to hear of Rich’s sudden passing. I was shocked when I heard the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Todd Alderfer Gilbertsville, Pa
10/1/2021 11:48:01 AM

Holly, I send my deepest condolences to you and your family. So many are thinking of you and holding you in our hearts, thinking of what you are going through. Life can be so beautiful and so painful at the same time. I believe strongly that Rich will always be with you, at your side, as you continue through your life on earth without him. But you will be reunited...hold on to that beautiful gift. I hope tomorrow is a wonderful celebration of Rich's life and that you are surrounded by joy and love. Wishing you peace in your heart.

~ Fran Haldeman
10/1/2021 11:01:36 AM

I will miss Rich , A REAL GENTLEMAN AND PROFESSIONAL BANKER

~ William March Royersford, PA
10/1/2021 9:18:32 AM

To the entire Graver and Crable family, we feel your loss and send our heartfelt sympathies. And to my dear friend Holly, we knew you as kids and loved you both. Life can be cruel and to lose Rich at this age breaks our hearts????

~ Nancy Corson and Cary Leptuck
9/30/2021 10:31:48 AM

Rich WAS a terrific person. He was genuine, a good friend, a great banker, a great boss and colleague. He loved his family, friends, and especially his community. I learned a lot from Rich and I will always value our time together. I will especially miss all the "Rich'isms" (IE: "There's not enough hair on the hog", "Plenty of meat on the bone", and especially; "We're already pregnant". Thank you Rich for everything....you will be missed. SR.

~ Saul Rivkin Phoenixville, PA
9/30/2021 5:12:08 AM

To the Graver Family, I am speechless after reading this beautiful testimony of a life well lived but gone too soon. I am so very sorry for your loss. A donation will be made in Rich's memory. The Oleykowski Family

~ Christina Oleykowski Hainesport, NJ
9/30/2021 12:38:53 AM

I knew Rich through Holly and I’m so sorry to have heard of his passing. He was pleasure to be around… especially when he offered up a cigar to relax with him. My sincerest condolences to Holly and the rest of his family.

~ Steve Brightbill
9/29/2021 9:38:05 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss!

~ Lisa Van Buren Boca raton, Fl
9/29/2021 9:31:18 PM

Our condolences to Richie’s family. Having known Richie as a football player, student and community leader and John & Myrna’s son, I know he will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

~ Harry & Doris Weigner
9/29/2021 9:09:40 PM

What a great man, friend and much more I feel the loss for so many and Holy I’m so sorry May God bless you and give you the strength to go on With sympathy Al

~ Al and Maria harrman Little egg harbor, NJ
9/29/2021 7:21:00 PM

Sending my Love to Holly and all of Rich’s Family and Friends. Thinking about what amazing adventures you all had together and hoping that these wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort. Much Love, Kim Green

~ Kim Green Castro Valley, CA
9/29/2021 6:41:25 PM

I didn't know Rich, but if he married Holly he was some what of an ADVENTUROUS man!!! Holly was a strong independent woman and very active in all aspects of her life. I have no doubt he was a Good Man. They were both Blessed to have each other. Just FB social events showed how they both Loved being together with Family & Friends. I will miss the post of their Adventures together, but I know God has him watching over Holly & All his Loved ones until they are all together again. My sincerest Sympathy to Holly & All close to this Wonderful human being. God Comfort you with Loving Memories & remember not the tears but the Fun & Joy Together...Pay it forward to those around you !!! God Bless All !!!

~ Paula Forenski Wilmington, DE
9/29/2021 4:17:12 PM

My Deepest condolences to the Graver family.. Rest in Peace Rich

~ HankNoble Boyertown, PA
9/29/2021 1:52:42 PM

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