It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of George Tees Gray at Kamloops Hospice July 23rd 2007 after a lengthy illness. His family isÂ saddened,Â but relieved that he is no longer suffering.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 54 years, Violet, his daughter Lynne, her partner Derek,Â grandsons Iain,Â Alex, their father Perry, daughter Carol,Â granddaughter Tracey, his son Brian, wife Sharon, grandchildren Selina (Derek), Brandy (Victor),Â Nathan and great grandchildren James and Josephine, his surviving brothers William and SamuelÂ as well as his many nieces,Â nephews and friends.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1925, George worked as a carpenter until the war where he fought as a naval commando. George continued to work as a carpenter after the war and married Violet in 1953.Â
George’s first love was his wife and family and he was a devoted husband and father. George was a very good amateur boxer in his younger days and always had a passion for the sport. He was also an accomplished ballroom dancer.Â Those who knew George would be familiar with his feisty nature but also of his big kind heart.
Later,Â George started a security company in Glasgow. This allowed him to indulge in one of his greatest passions, to train and work with dogs. and during his lifetime there was always a dog in the home.
The family lived in Scotland until 1982 and then emigrated to join Lynne in Canada. George and Vi settledÂ in McLure and have lived there ever since.
Later in life George became a member of the Barriere congregation of Jehovah Witnesses and found in that fellowship, great comfort, friendship and faith.
The family would like to send our heartfelt thanks to Dr.’s Jack and Wilson and to all the wonderful people at the Kamloops hospice who made George’s last days so pleasant. Thanks also to Schoening’s, to George’s spiritual brothers and sisters and to the many friends who have reached out to the family at this time.
There was a memorial service on Saturday July 28th at the Barriere Kingdom Hall; with all friends and family welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Kamloops Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Crescent South, Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops telephone 250 – 374 – 1454.