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James William Gray

April 7, 1936 ~ January 10, 2013

James William Gray ("JW", "Papa Gray"), age 76, passed away peacefully at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington on January 10, 2013. James was born to the late James Daniel and Dorothy (Morgan) Gray in Yakima, WA on April 7, 1936. He married Patricia Jean Holderby on August 16, 1958. They moved from Yakima to Seattle, WA in 1966 where they raised their 6 children while James worked in the securities and insurance industry. In 1996 they moved to Bainbridge Island where James enjoyed gardening and was an active parishioner at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. He dearly loved his wife and family. He could always be counted on to be the life of the party at gatherings where he would joyfully sing, dance, and entertain, as well as voice his various points of view quite exuberantly. James was full of energy, compassion, and love of family. He enjoyed camping and the ocean, especially visits to the Oregon coast with his wife Patricia.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gary Gray. He is survived by his wife: Patricia Gray, Bainbridge Island, WA; children: Theresa Burrus (Kevin), Steven Gray, Kathleen Gray (Greg Powers) Seattle, WA; Jennifer Spreen (Shaughn) Kent, WA; James Patrick Gray (Stacy) San Diego, CA; and Daniel Gray (Joanne) Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren: Morgan Combe (Matthew), Christopher Burrus, James Michael Hoxsey (Amanda Schwab), Malorie Spreen, Jessica Burrus, Madeline Hoxsey-Todd (A.J.), Patrick Spreen, Bradley Gray, Lucy Gray, Jared Gray, Ian Gray, James Dylan Gray, Olivia Scarlett Gray; and great-grandson: Cavin Hoxsey.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island, WA. A reception will follow at the church hall. Memorial contributions can be made to Saint Jude's or the Helpline House of Bainbridge Island. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family at: www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2013
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