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Founder and namesake of Bagel Grove passes away

Thomas Caputo
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Posted 9/1/22

Carl Edward “Ed” Grove, the founder and namesake of Utica’s Bagel Grove, has passed away at the age of 75.

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Founder and namesake of Bagel Grove passes away

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UTICA — Carl Edward “Ed” Grove, the founder and namesake of Utica’s Bagel Grove, has passed away at the age of 75. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the establishment notified the community of their loss on their official Facebook page.

“Our founder and family member Ed Grove died over the weekend,” the post began. “Many of you, our customers, knew him from over the years. We are as surprised as the rest but pleased to know he died doing what he loved, in a place he loved.”

Grove passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28.

According to Bagel Grove’s website, Grove established the first authentic bagelry in Utica back in 1988, citing a dissatisfaction of waiting for authentic bagels to be delivered to the area from New York City once a week. In 2005, the business was passed down to the next generation and in 2016, the business was bought by then-part owner Anne Wadsworth. Wadsworth, who affectionally refers to herself as the “bae-gal,” currently runs the business with her husband, Michael Giordani.

Inside the establishment, there is a table with a notebook for customers to share their memories and a photo album that highlights Bagel Grove’s history from the past 34 years.

“We’ve got a special spot to honor Ed inside the Bagel Grove,” the post continued. “Come share your thoughts, memories and condolences in a notebook we have laid out in our waiting area. The entire Grove family thanks you for your support these 30+ years.”

“Everything he did, he did out of a sense of love for other people,” said Matthew Grove, son to Ed Grove. “Even running the business was done in that way, in terms of who he employed, his relationship to customers and employees. It was all driven by his love of people.”

Calling hours for Grove will be held at Old Path Farm, 9035 Grange Hill Rd., New Hartford, on Friday, Sept. 2 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a funeral service to follow at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, a celebration in memory of Grove’s life and legacy will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Barn on Paris Hill, located behind Three Steeples Church, 2817 Old State Route 12, Paris Hill.

Grove’s obituary asks in lieu of flowers to make donations to Your Neighbors, Inc. and The Barn at Paris Hill.

“There was so much beyond the bagel shop that just made him such a creative and energetic and vigorous and full of life person,” Grove’s son added. “He was just brimming, overflowing with energy and creativity, a sense of adventure and generosity. We were all so lucky to have him in our lives.”

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