Obituary for William (Bill) E. Gray Jr

William (Bill) E. Gray Jr., 85, of Beaver, passed away May 15, 2022 at Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver after a long illness. He was born on March 6, 1937 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania to the late William and Beatrice (Quinn) Gray, Sr. Bill, and lived most of his life in New Brighton with his wife and five children. He was a man of deep faith and an active member of Life Family Church. Bill graduated from New Brighton High School and was a US Army Veteran. He enjoyed playing fast pitch softball with friends, coached Little League baseball (New Brighton Fire Company #3) as a young father and managed New Brighton Little League and girls’ softball. He was a lifelong hunter and gardener who took great pride in the juicy tomatoes he shared with family and friends. He also enjoyed the joy and laughter when spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill was a member of USW Local 8183 and was employed by St. Joe Minerals and Zinc Corporation of America for over thirty years. In his “retirement” he was proudly employed as a security guard at Geneva College. He will be sorely missed by family, friends and everyone whose lives he touched.

Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy L. (Hoffman) Gray. Also surviving are five children and their spouses, Bill (Andrea) Gray, III, Chippewa, PA; Cindy (John) Petures, Stow, OH; Jonathan Gray (John Giardina), Rancho Mirage, CA; Betsy (Kenny) Schwartz, Wampum, PA; and Faith (Kent) Miller, Apple Creek, OH; Ten grandchildren, Anthony (Jess) Gray, Jenna (Mike) Yeager, Nicholas (Nicole) Gray, Stephen Petures, Ashlee (Tony) Sands, Brittany Petures (Doug Doren), Krista (Ray) Peace, Samantha Schwartz (Drew DeVinney), and Shaleigh and Grayson Miller. He is also blessed to have seven great-grandchildren: Rylee, Emily June, Kaden, Avery, Ella, Maddie Bee, and Madison, and two more great-grandchildren are on the way.

He is survived by a brother Michael (Jacque) Gray and a sister Bobbi Jo (Rick) Lapishka, a brother-in-law Robert Pflugh and an aunt Mary Ellen Chop. He has numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was preceded in death by his sisters Charlotte Pflugh and Ginny McCanna, brother-in-law Bill McCanna, and his mother and father-in-law James and Louise Hoffman.

Friends will be welcomed Wednesday, May 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the J & J Spratt Funeral Home, 1612 3rd Ave., New Brighton, PA. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 19 at 10 am. Burial will be in the Chapel at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, 273 PA-68, Rochester, PA.

Beaver County Special Unit members are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:30 a.m. for military tributes.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s honor may be made to New Brighton Youth Baseball and Softball, PO Box 366, New Brighton, PA, 15066.

The family would like Dr. Thank you to Ferri and his collaborators (UPMC Cancer Center), Emerald Home Health (Lori, Nicole and Kayla) and Good Samaritan Hospice.

Posted May 16, 2022

Published in the Beaver County Times

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J & J Spratt Funeral Home, 1612 3rd Ave., New Brighton, PA

May 18, 2022 at the 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m


J & J Spratt Funeral Home, 1612 3rd Ave., New Brighton, PA

May 18, 2022 at the 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

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J & J Spratt Funeral Home, 1612 3rd Ave., New Brighton, PA

May 19, 2022 at the 10:00 A.M

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