Cray L. Ross, 81, of Enfield, beloved husband of Alicia Mendez Ross M.D. for 49 years, entered into eternal peace Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
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The son of the late Harold G. Ross and the late Evelyn Rose (Durant) Ross, Cray was born and raised in Burlington, Vt. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He later attended Northrop Aeronautical Institute in California. He initially worked at St. Regis Paper Co. in sales and as a design engineer. A talented designer, he won awards in company-wide competitions. He was formerly employed for the Travelers for many years before retiring. An active member and communicant of Holy Family Church, Cray served as a church reader and was an Extraordinary Minister of Communion. He was a supporter of the Little Sisters of the Poor and was a past board chairman of the Enfield Montessori School. An outdoorsman at heart, Cray enjoyed kayaking, archery, bow hunting, and faithfully attended the annual Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous. He was also an inventor and has several registered patents. Cray both designed and contracted the construction of his family home in Enfield. He also enjoyed traveling.
Besides his wife, Alicia, Cray is survived by a daughter, Alicia-Marie Manty, and her husband, Jay, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a son, Dr. Cray L. Ross Jr. of Galveston, Texas; two grandchildren, Dylan Ross Manty and Christian Ross Manty; a sister, Marilyn Reynolds, and her husband, Edward, of Buffalo, N.Y.; a brother, Trappist monk, Brother Richard Ross of Spencer, Mass.; a niece, Olivia Mendez-Vollmer, and her husband, Bill, of Holmes, N.Y. He was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Ross.
Family and friends will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, for a procession to Holy Family Church for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Committal with military honors will follow at St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Friday, March 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Leete-Stevens.
Donations in Cray's memory may be made to Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Road, Enfield, CT 06082; and/or Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082; and/or St. Gerard's Center For Life, 27 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 11 to Mar. 15, 2014