Obituaries

Gray, Dana

June 21st, 2009

gray-danaDana Robert Gray, age 58, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, of Wilmington MA and Stockbridge, VT, died unexpectedly, Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the Winchester Hospital.

Born on June 7, 1951, in Somerville, MA, Dana was the beloved son of the late Robert and Mabel (Saunders) Gray. He grew up in Cambridge, MA, and attended Rindge Technical High School.

Dana worked for the New England Telephone Company, where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the E-911 system in the New England Area. He retired after 28 years of service. Dana was also a member of the I.B.E.W. Union Local #2321. At the time of his death, Dana was working for the Raytheon Company in Andover on Telecom Projects.

Dana married Debra J. Bombard on December 28, 1974, during their early years of marriage they traveled all over due to his job responsibilities and in November of 1979 they bought a house in Wilmington and started a family. Dana was very involved in the community and an active school volunteer. Dana was a former PAC President for the Shawsheen Elementary School and one of the original foremen that developed Kids Place. He was a founding member and sat on the Board of the Wilmington Youth Center which was located at St. Thomas’ Villanova Hall. Dana was also an Assistant Coach for the Tennis Team at Shawsheen Valley Tech. High School in Billerica for several years.

In his spare time, Dana was an avid tennis player, loved motorcycles, ATV’s, and snow mobiles, you could always find him reading a book. He loved spending time with his family and enjoying his home in Vermont where he was looking forward to retirement. Dana will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and co-workers.

Dana is survived by his beloved wife Debra J. (Bombard) Gray, he was the devoted father of Dori Trudeau & her husband Joshua of Stockbridge, VT, Deon Gray & Artie Adams of Londonderry, NH, and Dale Gray of Stockbridge, VT, loving grandfather of Arthur Robert Adams, and brother of Daniel Gray of No. Dartmouth, MA.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 1:00pm in the Gaysville Church, Gaysville, VT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dana’s memory can be made to the Gaysville Church Steeple Fund, P.O. Box 100, Gaysville, VT 05746.

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14 Entries in Guest Book for “Gray, Dana”

  1. Barbara Calder says:

    Dear Debbie, Dori, Deon and Dale, The memories I have of Dana were a large part of the Best Years of my life. Our families were happy and life was wonderful during all those many,years. Dana was a man to admire for his thoughtfulness and loving kindness, especially for his family& friends. Our hearts go out to you all, Love Barbara Calder and family

  2. Jenny, Brian, and Catie Austin says:

    Debbie, Dori, Deon, and Dale; I am so saddened by your loss. I had not known Dana for long, but every time I saw him he was always so joyful, full of life and cheer. Keep your memories close at heart. He will be missed by all that new him.
    ~Jenny, Brian, and Catie Austin.

  3. Kim Studebaker says:

    Debbie, Dori, Deon, Artie, Dale, Richie, Carole, Kayla, Jayce, Casey, Ron & Natalie…. We’re so sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. We wish we could be there to give you all a hug in person. We’re thinking about you!
    Bill, Kim, Ivy & Amelia

  4. Peter & Mary Stone says:

    Dear Debbie & the girls,
    Peter & I are so sorry for your loss, Dana was such a wonderful man. He always loved being with his family & friends, and they always loved being with him! He was so easy to love. We’ll treasure our memories of him always. Our hearts, thoughts & prayers will be with all of you. Just know that you have many family & friends who care & are there for you to lean on. Our Deepest Sympathy, Peter& Mary

  5. Sandi Woods says:

    To the Gray family I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy. Dana was a sweet, dear, gentleman that will be greatly missed. As a co-worker I called on Dana often to lend his expertise.He was always there to help.. no matter what… It was a pleasure to have known him.

  6. Michael Alfieri says:

    Debbie, Dori, Deon & Dale,
    I just heard and am so very sorry. While I havn’t seen you or he for quite a while, I can honestly say that just thinking about him and some of the childhood memories he was a part of has made me smile in the face of this sad news. And each time I’ve seen him since those early years I want you to know that I was met with a smiling, kind, and gentle man… one that clearly loved & adored his family. Dana was a good man. In sympathy, Michael

  7. Sandy Ledwell says:

    Please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time. Dana was and will always be a special man. My prayers are with you all.
    Sandy Ledwell

  8. Kellie & Dave Balestrieri says:

    Deb, I am so Sorry, our hearts go out to you. Dana will be missed greatly.
    Kellie
    (formerly of Marotta Ins Agncy)

  9. Bob Del Terzo says:

    Dear Deb, Dori and the rest of the family;
    I am shocked to hear of Dana’s passing and my deepest sympathies are with all of you. I had recently spoken with him about a month ago, and he sounded like the jolly and happy Dana Gray I’ve known since 2000. I will remember Dana for his brilliance around Telecom and his charm during complex problem situations we both encountered at firms where we had worked together. He was my “bunky” pal and I will miss him. May God bless all of you and keep Dana Gray around always in spirit with you.
    Sincerely,
    Bob Del Terzo

  10. Taunia Soderquist says:

    I just heard of Dana’s passing and wanted to extend my condolences. I’m not sure if you remember me or not, but I grew up just a few houses down the street and have very fond memories of playing at your house – painting, laughing, and more. Dana was always very kind and welcoming to all the neighborhood, and I am sad to hear of his passing.

  11. Clifford King says:

    Dear Deb and family,
    It was a great shock to hear od Dana’s death. We worked together at New England Tel. He was a great fren and co-worker. He will be greatly missed.

    With Sympathy
    Cliff King

  12. margie & Ron Nastasi & Natalie Eldredge says:

    I was very upset to hear about Dan’s passing, my heart goes out to you all. I have very fond memories of being so close to the Gray family. I will never forget that Dana and Debbie opened their hearts to me and my daughter, I will always cherish this in my heart.
    my deepest sympathies are with you all.

  13. Leisa Park says:

    Dear Dori and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of Dana. I remember him as a kind funny man always smiling. May heartfelt memories comfort you at this time..
    Leisa Park

  14. the carter family says:

    Dear Gray Family,

    We are shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of your husband and father Dana. He was a remarkable and caring man. The devotion that he had in the community and to his family touched and helped many people. May the wonderful memories you have of him help sustain you through this difficult time and carry his memory with you in your hearts always. With our Deepest Sympathies and condolenses.

    Love Always,
    The Carter Family

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