George P. Gray
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Norfolk - George Paul Gray, 87, died peacefully on September 21, 2013. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA to William and Regina Gray, the second of five children. He lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, during his 48 years of marriage to the late Virginia McLave Gray, but later moved to Norfolk to be near family.
George enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday and served as a Seabee in the Philippines during WWII. He attended art school in Pittsburgh and then the Los Angeles Institute of Art, and began his career as a graphic designer with a Madison Ave. advertising firm. He also had long employment as an art director with Ciba-Geigy Chemicals and Caroe Marketing in New York.
A devout Catholic, George gave much of his free time in service for others. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and Legion of Mary at St. Matthew's Parish in Hastings. He regularly drove the vision-impaired to Mass, and was a tireless Pro-Life supporter and friend of the environment.
He is survived by his children, Kate Melhuish and her husband Chris of Norfolk, Geoffrey Gray and his wife Jeri of Fairfax Station, VA, and Mary Payne and her partner Barry Ryder of Shelter Island, NY. He also leaves four wonderful grandchildren, Beau and Sarah Payne, Will Melhuish and Margaret Gray, and two great-grandchildren, Trevor and Sofia. Also surviving are his brother Bill Gray and wife Bernie, and many fond nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his sisters Mary Davis, Regina Stone and Betty Wilkes.
A funeral Mass at Holy Trinity Church will be celebrated at 11am on Tuesday, September 24 by Fr. Daniel Beeman. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10am. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel is handling the arrangements.
His ashes will be placed with those of his wife, Ginny, in the cemetery of East Marion, NY, in a plot overlooking the site of their summer home on Peconic Bay.
Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory
8464 Tidewater Drive Norfolk, VA 23518
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 22, 2013