Robert B. Gray


Robert Banks Gray, 93, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the presence of loving family, and with the compassionate care of Hempfield Manor, Amedisys Hospice staff and personal caregiver and dear friend, Jenn.  He was born May 7, 1924 in Export, to Harry L. Gray and Anna Creery Gray.  Robert was pre-deceased by his first wife, Dolores Elias Gray in 1976, and also by his brothers, Warren, James, Charles and Paul; and his sisters, Eleanor, Elizabeth and Marilyn.  He is survived by his children Connie Gongaware (Ken) of VA; Patricia Kemble (Lou) of MD; and Richard Gray (Maura); his grandchildren, Stephen Gray Gongaware (Tegan), Lori Ann Kemble, Austin Gray, Ryan Connelly (Kelly); his great-granddaughter, Melody Grace Gongaware; and many nieces and nephews.  After high school in Export and working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Robert joined the Army Air Corps, trained at Texas Tech, and deployed to the Pacific Theatre air war as part of the 417th Bomb Group, 673rd Bomb Squad, June 1943 - January 1946.  Following World War II's victory over Japan, Robert returned to this area and was employed at the Elliott Company just prior to moving onto the new Fisher Body Division of General Motors in Dravosburg.  He retired as the Press Room Superintendent with 31 years of service.  Bob was a voracious reader, and enjoyed golf, bowling, especially with a couples league in Jeannette, and executive leagues at Fisher Body, traveling with family to Hawaii, the Caribbean islands and Europe, Germany, Holland, Belgium, England and Scotland, exploring his roots and speaking his best Scottish brogue.  In recent years, Bob was honored to travel to the Air Force Academy in Colorado and to Washington DC with other members of the 417th Bomb Group, where their unit was recognized for their exceptional service.  Bob was a member and past elder of First Presbyterian Church, Jeannette; 32nd Degree Mason F&A Masonic Lodge 750 in Jeannette; Syria Shrine and Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Family and friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Friday from 2-8 p.m.  Masonic services will be held on Friday at 7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m.  in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Diane Wiley officiating.  Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

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Paula Spino Long

So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. On behalf of my mother and entire Spino family, sending sincere condolences.

 Posted May 21, 2017 - 10:08am
Your cousins Mary Ann, Barb, Carol and Peggy

Connie, Patty and Rich,
Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Uncle Bob. Having just lost our mom we know how difficult it is. He lived and loved a good long life. We will miss him.

 Posted May 18, 2017 - 12:47pm
Patty Kemble

Mary Ann, Barb, Carol and Peggy,
Thank you so much for your sympathies. We were unaware of the passing of your mom until we tried to reach her to let her know about dad. Please accept our condolences on her passing. She was a kind and sweet person. She, too, lived a good and long life. We will miss them both, but we have many fun and loving memories to see us through this difficult time. Connie, Patty and Richard

 Posted May 24, 2017 - 1:49pm
Jenn Ebersole

I will miss you so much Bob. You brought so much happiness, love and laughter into my life. You were one of my best friends and you took a part of my heart with you. I will always be grateful to you and your family for all of the wonderful memories we made in the past few years. You meant a great deal to me and I was blessed to have known you. Until we meet again, I'll think of you always.

 Posted May 17, 2017 - 7:27pm
Patty Kemble

Thank you, Jenn. You have been a blessing to all of us.

 Posted May 24, 2017 - 1:50pm
Ina Maler

Dear Richard,My deepest condolences on your fathers passing,may his memories bring you and your family comfort at this sad time.
Sincerely,Ina Maler

 Posted May 17, 2017 - 2:19pm

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