Edward W. Gray
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GRAY Edward W. Fortified by the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Edward W. Gray of Maumee passed quietly at the age of 82. He was born September 14, 1925, in University City, MO, the third child of James F. Gray and Mary Ann (Boyle). Ed was known throughout his life for his generosity of spirit, his sense of humor and his deep faith. Ed was a graduate of McBride High School ('43) and Saint Louis University Law School ('49). He was also a WWII veteran serving as a radioman in the U.S. Army Air Force. He worked for 45 years as a sales representative for Brown Shoe Co. of Clayton, MO. Aside from sending plays to Notre Dame football coaches, his favorite pastime was telling adventure stories to his grandchildren, Liz and Reilly Gray; Patricia, Katherine, Ginny and Michael Varraveto; Hannah and Caroline Gray; Ellen, Abby, Jack, Bridget and James Napoli; Frances, Margot and Audrey Barrera. He also took great pride in the accomplishments of his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest brother, Bro. James F. Gray, S.M. and infant daughter, Mary Immaculate Gray. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Virginia (Reilly); his brother, John B. (Theresa) Gray of Florissant, MO and his eight children, Ed (Jane) Gray of Grand Rapids, MI, Fr. James C. Gray of St. Louis, MO, Mary Virginia Gray of Toledo, OH, Steven (Nancy Grant) Gray of Winnetka, IL, Tish (Dominic) Varraveto of Leawood, KS, Jean (Chaz) Napoli of Shaker Heights, OH, Margaret Ellen Gray of Shaker Heights, OH, Kate (Patricio) Barrera of Manhattan Beach, CA and close family friend, Mary Galvin of Toledo, OH. Ed is also survived by his special friend, John Dowling of Maumee, OH. Visitation will be held at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Tuesday from 2-9 p.m. where a Rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the mortuary followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joan of Arc Church at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Ed's name to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Toledo or any charity of the donor's choice. The family also asks that if you have an Ed Gray story be sure to tell it to a friend. Please view and sign the "online guest registry" at www.coylefuneralhome.com

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Published in The Blade from Sep. 24 to Sep. 25, 2007.
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September 27, 2007
To the Gray family,
I recall many kindnesses and great friendship from the Gray family to our family over the years. Of course there are more stories of adventures with the Gilligans and the Grays than one could ever count. Ed has always been a leading character in every story. He will be missed. Please take comfort in the many memories that you have to cherish. Our thoughts are with you all.......
Kerrie Gilligan Jordan
September 25, 2007
Mary and family,
We were saddened to learn of Ed's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Carolyn Skiver & family
September 25, 2007
Ed will fondly be remembered as:
A gifted story teller.
A wonderful friend.
A great man.

Ed and Mary were long time friends of Florence and Tom O'Reilly who cherished the time they spent together.
Darby O'Reilly
September 25, 2007
Strength of faith with a twinkle of the devil in his eyes...that's the memory that I will hold as my heart retells the multitude of "Ed Gray stories" that I have learned over the years.

May the angels lead him into paradise and may the University of Notre Dame find hope in knowing another saint if pulling for the football team!

My love and prayers are with you during this difficult time!
Terri Pastura
September 24, 2007
Though I left Toledo years ago, I have wonderful memories of visiting with Ed after Mass at St Joan's. He always could make me laugh. His large, beautiful family is a tribute to his great faith. May perpetual life shine upon him!
Rob McCartney
September 24, 2007
Just received word of Mr. Gray's passing. May God rest his soul.

I went to grade school with Margret and always thought highly of the Gray family. Not only because of my interactions with the children, but also because of the great respect my parents, Bob and Fran McCartney had for Mr. and Mrs. Gray.

Reading Mr. Gray's obituary made it very clear why this was the case... what a fine Catholic gentleman in action and deed.

You should all be so proud.

Eternal rest grant unto thee and let His perpetual light shine upon him.
Todd McCartney
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