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Gerald Gray

AGE: 90 • Princeton

Gerald Gray, a much loved family man died in his sleep at home on Friday, Aug. 18 at age 90. Born in Far Rockaway, NY in 1927, he attended P.S. 114 in Belle Harbor, NY.

Many summers spent at Camp Oneida in Old Forge, NY instilled in him a lifelong love of the lakes and woods in the Adirondacks National Park.

A graduate of Far Rockaway High School's Class of 1944, he went immediately into the US Navy serving on the USS Pocono, in WWII as a radio operator. After returning from the Navy, he enrolled in and graduated from the State Teachers College, Plattsburgh, NY where he met his beloved Romina, with whom he recently celebrated his 68th wedding anniversary.

Gerald grew up in the family's business, Bert's Shoes, with locations in Belle Harbor and Far Rockaway, NY. A self-proclaimed 'shoe dog,' his career in fine men's shoes spanned fifty years. He volunteered his time and energy through the Bound Brook Rotary Club.

Gerald's greatest joy in life was his large and loving family with whom he treasured holidays, vacations, and helming the grill on Sundays. Passionate about travel, great local cuisine and fine spirits, he stayed in top physical shape due to his disciplined regime of running. Both at home and while traveling, he always packed his running shoes, and long before cell phones and step counting apps, he counted his steps while running.

He returned to the Adirondacks frequently. In his signature bucket hat, he was happiest fishing on Osgood Pond, running the soft pine trails, and playing a rousing game of Scrabble in the Northbrook Lodge.

Seldom seen without a book in his hands, Gerald was a voracious reader and crossword puzzler. A man who defined the word classic, the many lessons he taught his family live on through the next generations. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Romina Barkann Gray, his children Neil (Karen), Warren, Ellen (Mark), and Barbara (Alfred) Gray as well as seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 PM, Sun. 9/3 at Stonebridge at Montgomery, Princeton, NJ. Donations can be made in his memory to the Adirondack Architectural Heritage in support of his lifelong love of the Adirondacks National Park at www.aarch.org/product/tribute-gift
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 24, 2017
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