MORRISTOWN - Every community has its characters, but few are so beloved as longtime Morristown resident Doyle Groves.
Known as "Father Morristown," Groves, who is in his 70s, is described by village residents as a jack of all trades who makes it his personal mission to ensure everything in the village is in order and running smoothly.
"He has the agility of a 40-year-old," Mayor Gordon Price said. "His demeanor is he's always there to help you. I've never heard an angry word from him. He's always pleasant and just a great person to be around."
Morristown resident Doyle Groves is known as “Father Morristown” for his dedication and devotion to the village.
Groves has been a Morristown firefighter for decades and has faithfully served on Village Council as well. Since Morristown has been hard hit by the reduction in local government funds, Groves volunteers to plow snow in the winter, mow lawns in the summer and read water meters year-round. He has even been on the scene of waterline breaks, where residents have seen him down in ditches making repairs.
In addition, Price said when Morristown's new Lynn-Hunkler Memorial Park was being built, Groves was the first to volunteer his manpower.
"We call Doyle 'Father Morristown' because he is so dependable and conscientious," said Pamela McCort, a member of Morristown Village Council. "He deserves recognition but would never, ever seek it. In fact, I don't think he realizes how respected and loved he is by the community. Doyle is one of those neighbors you can always count on and always lends a helping hand."
According to Price, Groves grew up in the Egypt Valley area and knows the local region like the back of his hand. He always seems to be able to answer questions about the history of the village. Price described Groves as a person always willing to pick up the phone if you have a question and always willing to lend a helping hand.
"He can do just about anything," Price said. "I'd be lost without him."