September 29, 2009 John W. Gray, 83, of Camillus, passed away Tuesday at VA Medical Center. A Navy veteran of WWII, he served on the USS Ben Franklin. John was employed for over 20 years with General Tire, retiring in 1984. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church and enjoyed gardening, fishing and his family’s cottage at Cape Vincent. John was predeceased by his brother, Albert Gray. Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, the former Mildred Picha; daughters, Jane Williams of San Diego, CA and Joan Montana of Dallas, TX; sons, John P. and James R., both of Escondido, CA and Michael J. of Aurora, CO; sister, Dr. Mary L. Gray of Peabody, MA; and 11 grandchildren. A special thanks to the medical staff of the VA Medical Center for their loving care. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus and at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church where a funeral Mass will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. John will be laid to rest in Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church Food Pantry, 5600 West Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031.
Published Syracuse Post Standard on Oct. 1, 2009