WITHERBEE — William A. Gray Sr., 81, of Silver Hill Road in Witherbee, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at the Community Hospital in Elizabethtown.
He was born Sept. 21, 1919, in Standish, the son of William and Elizabeth (Harris) Gray.
He married Lea Virta on July 26, 1945, in Lake George.
Bill worked at Republic Steel Corp. as an industrial engineer until his retirement. He then worked at the Harland Funeral Home for many years.
He served in World War II as a heavy machine gunner and a jump instructor. Corporal William Gray earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal of Honor during the European Theater of Operations.
He was a member of the Town Of Moriah Ambulance Squad from 1960 to 1988, where he held office and was a certified first aid instructor. He was a past member and officer of the VFW Bowling League from 1949 to 1984, a past member and officer of the Town of Moriah Country Club, a member of the VFW Post 5802 in Mineville, a member of the Masonic Lodge, chairman of the Military Assistance to Safety & Traffic (MAST/ Helicopter Rescue) and a member and past president of the board of directors of the Champlain Health Concerns (Mineville Health Center).
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed stamp and coin collecting. He enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Bill is survived by two sons, William Gray Jr. and his wife Susan of Port Henry and Robert Gray and his wife Pamela of Wilmington; one daughter, Jill Shpur and her husband Timothy of Witherbee; grandchildren, Erin Doyle and her husband Thomas, Katie Lalonde and her companion Jeff Carter, William Gray IV and Kaley Gray, Ryan and James Gray and Ryan Shpur; and one great-grandchild, River Carter.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lea; his brothers, James, Robert and Rollo; his sisters, Margaret Heising and Charlotte Jarvinen; and his grandson, Jared Shpur.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Harland Funeral Home in Port Henry. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m.
Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Town of Moriah Ambulance Squad, Moriah Center, NY 12961 or to High Peaks Hospice, Mineville, NY 19256.