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ELBERT L. GRAY


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
GRAY, Elbert L. 89, formerly of Parrish, Fla. and Ashland, Mass., died Nov. 17 in Bradenton, Fla. at age 89. A mason, Gray was a former master of North Star Masonic Lodge, Ashland, Mass. Gray attended Northeastern University in Boston, graduating in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in engineering management, despite a disability that caused him to attend night classes on crutches. Entering the computer field in its earliest days, Gray worked for Honeywell Information Systems (later Honeywell Bull) in Massachusetts for over 30 years, rising to the position of principal electronics engineer. Gray remained active during retirement in Florida, working well into his 80s for L3 Communications, assembling electronic circuit board components for event data recorders for aircraft and ships. Gray was a member of IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society, and stayed up on engineering advances. The son of parents Joseph N. Gray (formerly Joseph N. Swan) and Mary (nee Christian) Gray, Gray is survived by ex-wife Jacqueline Gray, daughter Audrey Walker, and sons Lawrence, Andrew and Douglas Gray, six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and three step-great grandchildren. Visiting hours will be from 10 to 12 a.m. on Nov. 26 with funeral at 12 p.m.at Groover Funeral home, with interment nearby at Mansion Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Tidewell Hospice at https://goo.gl/lv9VKt or to Northeastern University at https://goo.gl/taHy30.
Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 19, 2016
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