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Terry Rex Spray
Nov. 6, 1951 - Sept. 18, 2012
The tapestry of Rex's life wove many vibrant threads. Born in Frankfort, Indiana to Paul Spray and Eunice Godbey Spray, Rex graduated from Purdue University and became a banquet chef. After relocating to San Francisco, Rex earned a nursing degree from City College in 1984. As a SF General Hospital nurse and DPH case manager, Rex cared for people impacted by trauma, mental illness, addiction and poverty. Rex treated each person with dignity and was beloved by his clients. A fierce activist for social and economic justice, Rex advocated for workers, patients and public services by serving as shop steward, negotiator, trustee, vice president, and president of SEIU Local 790.
Rex shared the last 19 years with his beloved partner, Tim Stewart. A generous, playful uncle, Rex remains in the hearts of his nieces and nephews, as well as siblings John (Lillian) Spray, Edwin (Sharon) Spray, Emily (Sonny) Lahee and Diana (Gearren) Bodish. He relished art, travel, good food, and recently, TV show Glee and band Bonnie Dune. Rex is missed by dear friends and his colleagues.
A memorial will be held at the Neptune Society, 1 Loraine Court, SF on Friday, November 16th from 2 to 4pm. All welcome.
Rest well Rex. A job well done.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 6, 2012