Ray Gray

Obituary of Ray Gray

Ray Gray, I was born at home Dec.27,1941 as George Raymond Gray in Ontario, Pennsylvania to George Edward and Eleanor (Cole) Gray. I lived in a four room company house with no indoor plumbing, a coal burning stove, and taking baths in a #7 washtub. I walked to school barefoot, up hill, in the snow or crossing a flooded creek to get there, pick-pocketing hobos on a bender to get candy at the Company Store. My family walked to Sunday morning church services together. I spent my first 12 years playing with my 2 best friends, harassing my brother and sister, and a lot of time getting into trouble that caused a daily whooping with my Dad's pit belt. Life was simple and wonderful. In 1953, my family moved to an old farmhouse on Oberlin Ave. in Lorain, Ohio. That house had indoor plumbing and was the first of many exciting adventures. I went to Clearview Schools and pretended, I mean, learned to play the clarinet in band and I was pretty good in art. After Graduating from Lorain High in 1960 I went to California where I got a job cleaning swimming pools for some of the rich and famous, including: Liberace, Ceasar Romero, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Hayden Rorke. Returning a short time later, I began doing HVAC for Ace Heating Co. until 1966. I then went to work for U.S.Steel as a charging crane operator and crane trainer until retiring in 2004. I was later called back in 2007 as the health and safety manager, retiring again in 2009. They called me back again in 2017, I declined. Also known as Woodchuck, I am a retired member and past president of the Avengers MC Lorain Co. chapter. I am a master mason belonging to Ely Lodge #424 Vermilion. I loved golfing, skiing, boating, motorcycle riding and most of all, my family. A few prized possessions include my 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead that I built, which, Diana and I put thousands of miles on and my 1969 Marinette houseboat, enjoying them to the fullest. During retirement, I spent most of my time golfing with my brother Tom and nephews, Tom and Michael. I was very close to, and loved my brother Tom and sister Carol, they always had my back. I loved spending time on our houseboat, fishing, and motorcycle riding with my wife Diannnia and loved hosting parties at home where all my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren would congregate. I especially enjoyed our Pittsburgh Steelers parties. This is just another Pittsburgh Steelers First down Folks. My legacy lives on through my wife of 35 yrs: Diana Gray (Campolo); my son and retired Avenger MC brother: George Raymond "Rock" Gray Jr. (Susan) of Vermilion, my sons: Shawn (Melinda) of Lorain, Adam (Bethany) of Lindale, GA and Marcus of Vermilion; daughters: Jacqueline Gray of Vermilion and Jessica (Matt) Conley of Perrysburg; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. I was preceded in death by my father, George; mother: Eleanor; brother, Tom, infant brother, Frankie, infant son, Thomas; infant grandson, Jonathon; great grandson, Charles; and infant great granddaughter, Aubrey. Pastor Josh Budka will hold a Service on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Gospel Church to honor my life, give glory to the Lord and celebrate my new beginning. Ely Lodge #424 will also be participating with a Masonic Service at Trinity Gospel Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a monetary contribution in My Honor to Trinity Gospel Church anytime by Texting: tgcalive to 77977 just follow the prompts -or- write them a check. Cash is always good. All donations will be used to help purchase the YMCA building in Vermilion in order to minister and reach out to the community. Get to it and "Dig deep in those pockets people.” In my final farewell, "I'll see you all at that after Party." Online condolences maybe made to www.riddlefuneralhome.com

Service Information

1:00 pm
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Trinity Gospel Church of Vermilion
856 Decatur St
Vermilion, Ohio, United States
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