2018-05-15 / Obituaries

George A. Grays

George A. Grays, 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 7, 2018, at Willow Point Nursing & Rehab Center in Vestal.

He was born on June 19, 1937, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the son of the late Herman F. Grays and Mary (Lupton) Mantey.

He was a graduate of Moravia Central School, Class of 1955, where he played basketball and was a member of the FFA. He married Patricia Ward on Sept. 3, 1960, in Moravia. They were married for 57 years.

Through the years, George worked as a pneumatic driller on the Niagara Power Project at Niagara Falls. He worked several years for contractors splicing telephone cable, including the Minuteman Missile Project in South Dakota. In 1962, the family moved to Sidney where he worked for the local telephone company for 33 years until his retirement. George was later employed by Whitaker & Sons in Sidney and Huff Ice Cream, until retiring in 2017.

George was a 46 year member of MacDonald Hose Co. #2 of the Sidney Fire Department, where he held office and rank of Lieutenant, Captain, Department Trustee and President. He was president of the Delaware County Firemen’s Association, a member of the Delaware County Republican Committee, a Sidney town board member, and was president of Sidney FFA Alumni Association. He was also a Delaware County foster parent for many years, and volunteered at Legacy Corps for several years, helping the elderly and providing transportation for them.

George is survived by his loving wife, Pat; his daughters: Alana (Dennis) Bailey, Cheryl (Steve) Boyd, Anita Grays, Lanette (Chris) Williams and Cindy Grays; his sons, Matt and Jerry Grays; grandchildren: Jenny, Denise, Alyssa, Nate, Erin, Evan, Zachary and Ian; five greatgrandchildren; and stepbrothers and stepsister, Albert and Earl Mantey of Moravia and Michael Grays and Christy Grays of Memphis, Tenn.

Calling hours were held at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney on Friday, May 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., concluding with a Fireman’s Service. A funeral service was held Saturday, May 12 at 11 at the funeral chapel, followed by a public Celebration of Life at the Sidney Fireman’s Training Center, River Street, Sidney.

Memorial donations in George’s memory may be directed to the Delaware County Legacy Corps, Office for the Aging, 97 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753; Delaware County Firefighters Association, 280 Phoebe Lane, Suite 3, Delhi, NY 13753; Sidney Senior Dining, care of Delaware Opportunities, 35430 State Highway 10, Hamden, NY 13782; or Sidney Volunteer Fire Department & Auxiliary, 74 River Street, Sidney, NY 13838.

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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

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