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Obituary: Donald F. Gray, 80

Feb 11, 2017 07:25AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Donald F. Gray

DRACUT, MA - Donald F. Gray, 80, died Monday, February 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Joyce) Gray, with whom he would have celebrated 57 years of marriage in May.
He was born in Lowell on October 3, 1936, a son of the late Wilmer D. and Margaret C. (Vieira) Gray and was educated in the Lowell Public School System.

 Donald enlisted with the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict.  After his service, he journeyed out west and enjoyed some time in Oklahoma working as a ranch handler.  Thereafter, he returned to Massachusetts and became employed by Brox Industries in Dracut, where he worked for over 40 years. He worked an additional 8 years for Bemis Industries until his retirement.
Donald was a communicant of St. Marguerite D’Youville Church in Dracut.  For many years, he was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the former St. Mary of the Assumption Church.  Donald was a self-taught musician with a fondness for the piano, guitar and harmonica. and could pick up almost any instrument and play a tune.  Above all, he cherished the time spent with his family, whom he loved so much.
Along with his wife, Donald is survived by his daughters, Donna P. Mello and her husband Kenneth, Kimberly A. Sorrentino and her husband Matthew, Christine M. Tamvaklis and her husband John, all of Dracut, Tammy L. Gray and her husband Emmanuel Ngwa of Lowell, and Crystal M. Gray of Lawrence; fifteen grandchildren, Melissa Ossinger, Kenneth Mello, III, Jessica Mitchell, James Bimshas, William Burns, Sarah Stacy, Courtney, Kayleigh, Ashleigh, and Ryan Sorrentino, Alexander and Alaina Tamvaklis, Arianna and Eric Ngwa, and Katryna Smith; eleven great-grandchildren; a sister Theresa Cielakie of Lowell; a brother, Richard Gray and his wife Joyce of Florida; four sisters-in-law,  Ina “Penny” Gray of Kentucky, Phyllis Gray of Florida, Janice Martin of Dracut and Rita Goyette of Lowell; brother-in-law Thomas Joyce of Lowell; as well as many nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by his daughter, Theresa Stacy and brothers, Manuel Gray, Wilmer “Butch” Gray and Raymond Gray.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on WEDNESDAY, February 8th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. His Funeral Mass will be offered on THURSDAY at 12:30 p.m. at St. Marguerite D’Youville Church, 1340 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut.  Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lowell.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in memory of Donald F. Gray to St. Jude Research Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
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