GRAY, David – On Saturday, January 15th, 2022, Dave Gray of Southampton, formerly of Cambridge (Galt), passed away in his 87th year. Reunited in death with his wife, Margaret, and brothers, Alan and Don. Dave is survived by daughters Anne (Bryan) and Sheryl (Tim), and grandchildren Josi, Audrey, Lydia, Jake, Nick, and Lexie. He is also survived by his sister, Marion (Sam), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Throughout his childhood and adulthood spent in Cambridge, Dave was very active with friends and family. He loved to sing, and his tenor voice found its way to the Fleming Gray Male Chorus; along with twin brother Don and many friends, he spent years performing in concerts and variety shows. His family was very important to him, and he enjoyed family dinners, cottage vacations, and spending time with Don. He was also a dedicated employee, working for 33 years with Rockwell (Allen-Bradley) in the expediting/shipping departments.
Post-retirement, Dave came to call Southampton home, and was surrounded by countless friends and neighbours with whom he shared coffee, jokes, companionship, and support. Dave will be missed by his companion Muriel, and special friends Harry, Gord, Jim, and many others. His gardens were planted for the joy they would bring passerby, and his “dad jokes” were his signature sign-off for every visit, pop-in, and phone call. Shopkeepers knew him by name, and his favourite restaurant staff knew his order and how he liked his coffee.
Dave had many consistent loves throughout his life – Margaret, gardening, jokes, and lemon meringue pie – and his fondness for the Royal Family was a passion from childhood. He absolutely delighted in meeting fellow monarchists, arranging displays of his most cherished pieces, and giving talks to community groups.
At Dave’s request there will be no funeral service. Interment of Ashes will take place in the spring at Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.