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  • Joseph S. Gray

  • Joseph S. Gray, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center with the love and support of his family.

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  • Joseph S. Gray, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center with the love and support of his family.
    Born in Little Falls on May 26, 1924, Joe was the son of the late Ignatz and Wladislawa (Borowska) Gray. A graduate of Little Falls High School, Joe then enlisted into the United States Army in 1943, stationed in Alaska; he served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1946. On Oct. 4, 1947, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Rickard in the Bronx, and they have shared 65 years of love, commitment and mutual respect. Joe retired as a commercial artist from Zanders Animation Parlor in New York City.
    Joe was extremely artistically inclined and engaged in many special activities, as he enjoyed antiques, going to yard sales, painting and sculpting. An avid gardener, he loved puttering in his yard. Joe was a member of Holy Family Parish.
    He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy; a son, Kenyon I. Gray, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his daughters, Jacalyn M. Boland and husband, Robert, of Rochester, and Andrea E. Hoffa and husband, Thomas, of Millbrook; his cherished grandchildren, Shannon L. Boland, Kimberly A. Hoffa and Keith W. Hoffa and wife, Lisa; his brothers, Edward Gray and wife, Ann, of Little Falls and Jan Gray and wife, Polly, of Haverhill, Mass.; his sisters, Anne Drapalski, of Little Falls, and Jane Desmond, of Blossvale; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Joe was predeceased by a brother, Dr. Frank Gray.
    The family will receive friends and relatives at the Enea Family Funeral home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, 823-2424, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Joe’s funeral service will immediately follow calling hours, beginning with prayer at 10:15 a.m. from the chapel of the funeral home and at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, corner of Main and John streets, Little Falls, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Lawless, pastor. Procession will then follow to St. Mary’s Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where he will be laid to rest with full military honors.
    Those wishing to express an act of kindness may make a donation to the American Heart Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Harry J. Enea, Jr., funeral director. To add to his online memorials, please visit www.eneafamily.com.

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