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George R. Gray, Sr.

George R. Gray, Sr., 91, of North Ridge Road, husband of the late Mary E. (McDonald) Gray, passed  peacefully Wednesday evening August 20, 2008 at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers.

Born in Cambridge June 26, 1917, the son of the late Alexander G. and Elizabeth (Sullivan) Gray and a 1934 graduate of Cambridge Latin High School. He was employed at the Ford Motor assembly plant in Somerville before enlisting in the US Navy. He was stationed in Great Britain and Ireland as armed forces prepared for the D-Day invasion. Married in 1945 in Brighton, the Grays lived in Billerica and summered in Ipswich for many years, moving to Ipswich in 1965. He worked as a self-employed carpenter before going to work as a building supervisor at the Veteranís Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain. He also skillfully designed and built homes and additions for his family. Following his 1988 retirement he was able to devote more time to his hobbies, enjoying spending time on the water around Cape Ann. He was an enthusiastic Red Sox fan and a recreational lobsterman. He was a long time member of the St Josephís Church and Our Lady of Hope Parish, a former member of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club, and a member of the Ipswich Council on Aging, where he was active in the Monday Menís Group.

He is survived by his son, George Gray and his wife Marcia, his daughters, Patricia Pallazola and her husband Gaspar and Nancy Gray-Smith and her husband Robert, all of Ipswich, grandchildren Adam Gray of Ipswich, Nathan Gray of Amesbury, Douglas Gray of Batavia, IL, and Erin Pallazola, Megan Pallazola, Kristin Smith and Heather Smith, all of Ipswich. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Theodore, Madeleine, Caroline and Thomas Gray, a sister, Lillian Martin of Cambridge, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late John Gray, formerly of Billerica, Robert Gray, formerly of Cambridge, Irene Gray, formerly of CA, and Jean Bouley, formerly of NH.

His funeral will be held Saturday August 23, 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a 9 am Mass of Christian burial in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends respectfully invited. Interment with Naval Honors will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Ipswich Council on Aging, 25 Green Street, Ipswich, MA 01938


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