George E. Gray

Date of Passing:

September 23, 2021

Gray, George E., 101, formerly of Samoset Avenue, Barrington died peacefully on September 23, 2021 at home in Holly Hill, FL surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Katherine (Chandler) Gray.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Thomas B. and Fanny (Colburn) Gray, he lived in Barrington for 67 years and Daytona Beach, FL for 33 years.

Mr. Gray was President of Gray Jewelers, Barrington for 25 years before retiring in 1982.

George was a graduate of Hope High School, Providence, and Bowman Technical School of Lancaster, PA. He was Past President of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Retailer Jewelers Association, the Viking Division of VMCCA, Veteran Motor Car Club of America, DAARA, Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association, and Living Legends of Auto Racing. He was a Mason of the Panama Canal Consistory and a member of the Overseas Lodge of Providence and the Moose Lodge of Daytona Beach, FL. He enjoyed sailing, antique cars, and racing his open-wheeled vintage race cars.

Mr. Gray was a United States Navy Veteran stationed in Panama during World War II.

He is survived by a daughter, Nancy D. Moore and her companion Eugene Savio of Honolulu, HI; two sons, George L. Gray and his wife Tammy of Barrington and Stephen T. Gray of New Britain, CT; daughter-in-law, Ellen Gray of Wolfeboro, NH; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and dedicated loving caregivers, Lucia Barbosa and Ana Cabral. He was the brother of the late Thomas Gray and Lorena Muenchinger.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held on Friday October 1, 2021 at 11 a.m. in Forrest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.

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  1. Bob and I just realized that George Gray passed away in September. I remember George and the family when they lived on Riverview Drive in Barrington, and I was a young teenager. To George and Steve and their families – your Dad lived a good life that he and he alone ruled – he was one of a kind. – and we choose to remember him in a very good way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May he Rest In Peace. Bob and Audrey Sprague

  2. george and steve sorry about your father,.good memories live on ,enjoyed his old cars, remeber helping him paint at apponaug and the garage floor on samoset that black 55 bird ,god bless

  3. Sorry to see that George passed away. He was a good man and neighbor. Just a regular guy but also a very interesting person with many diverse interests. He was a man of action and seemed to fear no one or any situation. I still remember taking down the black cherry tree in his back yard years ago. He actually made it fun. Nothing but good memories of him and his family. Rest in peace George, “You done good”.
    Alex and Olinda MacDonald and family

  4. George and Stephen and families: I was sad to see your dad’s passing in the Journal at 101! A life well-lived with his many interests and friends. I still remember how welcoming he was to Tim and I when we visited and he showed us around the area, found us a place to sleep, and shared seafood with us. A great time with a wonderful gentleman. Our sincere condolences. May he RIP.

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