The career path Bob chose was well suited to his patience, gentlemanly nature, and his true sense of compassion. He graduated from Simmons School of Embalming in 1968 and served on the Military Honor Guard in the Reserves while he worked as a funeral director in Skaneateles. He established the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home in 1975 and the Gray House Bed & Breakfast in 1990. He was a member and past president of the Onondaga-Oswego Funeral Directors Association.
Life was full for Bob; he played in the Joe Curtis Softball League well into his 60's, he enjoyed meeting the guys at the Wednesday Night bowling league in Marcellus, playing cards in the Amber Pitch League, walking down to breakfast at Johnny’s with the guys from Table 6; traveling with his family to many parts of the country and to Ireland and Scotland, and played golf with friends and family. The game of golf gave Bob time to spend with his son, son-in-law, grandson, daughters and friends. Family was central to all that Bob did in his life; and the focal point for the past 45 years was his wife Val. Together they raised a family, operated a business and traveled extensively.
Their family includes 2 daughters: Pamela (Gary) Anastasio, Kristin Gray; son Rob (Leanne); his mother Mary Gray; his brother Thomas (Kathy); his sisters: Mary Ann (Rick) Barletta, Pat (Ted) Corwin, Joanne (Eric) Tills; grandchildren: Tyler & Laura Anastasio, Robby IV, Matthew, Connor; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by
his father Robert D. Gray Sr. in 1992.
The Gray family greatly appreciates all of the thoughts, prayers, cards and acts of kindness they have received over the
past 19 months.
The funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 10am in St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. Private burial will be in
St. Mary’s Cemetery, Skaneateles.
Calling hours are Friday from 2-8pm at Bob’s funeral home,
49 Jordan Street, Skaneateles.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fr. Peter Major Mill Hill Missionaries - African Missions, c/o Mill Hill House 222 W. Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530-1667, or Cancer Connects, 5008 Brittonfield Parkway, Suite 800,
East Syracuse 13057.
Online condolences can be sent to www.robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.