Mary E. ‘Mae’ (Finnegan) Gray

June 1, 2017

Mary E. ‘Mae’ (Finnegan) Gray

MARY E. “Mae” (FINNEGAN)GRAY – of Woburn, June 1st, at ninety-three years of age. Beloved wife of the late F. Robert Gray. Loving mother of Fred R. Gray, his wife Linda of Derry, NH, and Cecily Gray, wife of Mae’s late son Laurence S. Gray of Woburn. Dear sister and sister in law of the late Thomas Finnegan,John Finnegan and Marguerite Harrington, husband Bernard. Cherished grandmother of Michael Gray, his wife Kristen, Gillian Gray,all of Woburn. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Elaine and Peggy Finnegan and her brother-in-law Skip Gray, his wife Linda. At the family’s request, all services are private and under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Mae’s honor to St. Charles School, 8 Myrtle Street, Woburn, MA 01801.


Mary E. “Mae” (Finnegan) Gray passed away at the Woburn Nursing Center Thursday, June 1st. The beloved wife of the late F. Robert “Bob” Gray WPD, she was ninety three years of age.

Born in Brighton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Clarke) Finnegan. Mae’s Mom passed away when she was very young, so she and her siblings moved to Woburn, where they were raised. Mae went on to St. Charles School, where she graduated from with the Class of 1941. Following high school, Mae began working as a Nanny in Winchester, where she remained for several years and then to the New Telephone Office in Woburn.

Mae married Bob Gray, to whom she was devoted to for over fifty years. They brought two sons into the world which they adored. Over the years they spent many happy times making wonderful memories at their home in Rockport. Every summer it was the hub of activity! Family and friends gathered for all the “fun in the sun” activities!

After the children were in school Mae began working at Tanners National Bank where she remained for about twenty years, retiring as Head Teller. Mae had established many friendships while working at the phone company and the bank. She was always very friendly, enjoyed good conversation, and enjoyed being with people. After her retirement began , Mae began quilting and was extremely creative in doing so. Sons, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and friends were all very happy recipients of her wonderful craft.

Mae and Bob had many wonderful years that they spent in Florida as “snowbirds.” They had established a wonderful group of friends there and had always kept in touch over the years. When they would return home they spent many happy times at the Woburn Senior Center, where Mae was very involved after Bob’s passing.

A wonderful woman, Mae’s life was full. She shared many wonderful years together with her family, her friends and her very dear grandchildren Michael and Gillian.

Sadly, Mae was most recently pre-deceased by her beloved son Laurence, her husband Bob and siblings Thomas Finnegan, John Finnegan and Marguerite Harrington and her husband Bernard.

She is lovingly survived by her daughter-in-law Cecily Gray, her son Fred Gray and his wife Linda and her adoring grandchildren Michael, his wife Kristen and Gillian Gray, her sister-in-laws Elaine and Peggy Finnegan and her brother-in-law Skip Gray and his wife Linda. At the request of Mae, all services will be private and are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.


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  1. “Mae” was a friend of my sister Helen at Library Place, and I can say mine as well. She was a sweet person, and she made an Afghan for Helen’s grandson, my nephew Derek, and it was a beauty. Kindness comes from the sole and May was certainly a kind sole. She is sorely missed. RIP dear Mae. Fondly, Nancy Mondello

  2. Cheryl D.

    My condolences to the family for your loss. May your cherished memories shared help to comfort each of you. God knows the pain you are feeling and will certainly help you to cope. (1 Peter 5:7)
    “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” (Psalm 46:1)

  3. David Harrington

    My favorite aunt and god mother. I visited her less than a month ago and she was in good spirits in the dining room. She perked up when I mentioned Bobby, her son, and asked with a smile “Little Bobby?” I’ll miss her.

  4. I send my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mae. She was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. Margarette Masotta R.I.P.

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