George W. Gray

June 27, 2015

George W. Gray
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

Korean War Veteran

GEORGE W. GRAY in Woburn, June 27th. Beloved husband of Carol Anne (Miller) Gray. Devoted father of Judi Olson and her husband Chuck of ME, George W. Gray and his wife Anne of North Andover, and Kimberly “Kim” Gray and her partner Paul DeLong of Woburn. Dear brother of the late William, Ivan, and John Gray. Loving “Grampa” of Adam and Derek Olson, and Mary and Hannah Gray, and “Great Grampa” of Summer Olson. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 2nd at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

OBITUARY:

George W. Gray passed away at the Lahey Clinic, Saturday evening after a lengthy illness. The beloved husband of Carol A.(Miller) Gray, he was eighty-four years of age.

Born in Cambridge, he was son of the late William and Charlotte (Mosgrove) Gray. Raised and educated in Cambridge, he graduated from Rindge Tech. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology for one year, when he left to proudly serve our country with the United States Marines during the Korean War. He received a Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal. Upon his return home, he began working as a Driver Salesman for Hostess Cake and later to Ward’s Bakery and Country Kitchen, from where he retired in 1986. Shortly after his retirement, he began working for the Sheriff’s Department as a Correctional Officer at the Billerica House of Correction, where he was employed for fifteen years.

Upon his return home from the service, George attended a New Year’s Eve party. That was where he was introduced to a lovely young lady, Carol Miller, from Somerville. Well, that was the beginning of a two-year courtship and a wedding in 1956! They first lived in Somerville and in 1961 moved to East Woburn for quieter surroundings. They nestled in and have remained in Woburn ever since. George continued his education after he was married and was a proud recipient of a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree from Northeastern University. During this time, they had brought three children into the world, of whom he was very proud. Summer vacations were dedicated to camping at York Beach, where George had been going every summer since he was three months old. The memories made there each and every year became more and more special.

As the family grew, “Grampa” made sure he was at each and every event of his grandchildren. Whether it was a sporting event, something going on at school, or a birthday party, Grampa was there celebrating and cheering them on!

After he retired, he and Carol ventured off to Hawaii, the Grand Canyon and often times just to their trailer at York Beach, their special vacation spot. All throughout the years, George was “Mr. Fix-It.” From the smallest projects to the larger ones, he took them on, sometimes enlisting the help of some family members! He was also a proud member of Mt. Horeb Lodge of Woburn, the American Legion, and the DAV.

A very hard worker throughout his life, George was always a gentleman. A big smile and kind words, George had a great love of family and country.

In addition to his parents, George was sadly predeceased by his brothers, William, Ivan, and John Gray.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Carol; his children, Judi Olson and her husband Chuck of ME, George W. Gray and his wife Anne of North Andover, and Kimberly “Kim” Gray and her partner Paul DeLong of Woburn; his grandchildren, Adam and Derek Olson, and Mary and Hannah Gray; and his great-granddaughter, Summer Olson; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 2nd at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

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  1. Paula Manzo

    My sincerest condolences to all of you. I will always remember George “Dad” as a very gentle, light-hearted and good-natured man and I shall always remember him affectionately.

  2. Robert Maxwell, I send my condolences and may God comfort the family with loving memories that live on in your heart.

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