It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of Norman Gray who went home to be with The Lord on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
Norman was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Friendship. He was the son of Phillip Stephen Gray and Muriel Louise Burns Gray. He attended schools in Bucksport and graduated from Samuel D. Hanson High School in Buxton in 1949. After graduating high school, Norman worked in construction on a dam project in Connecticut and other construction projects. From 1952-1954, he was on a tour of duty with the Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Upon his discharge, he returned to Friendship and started seigning and lobstering with his uncles on Friendship Long Island. Norman was also a lobster fisherman. In 1956, he went to work for Roland Genthner's fuel oil business in Waldoboro. And in 1964, he started his own company called Gray's Heating Oils. Norman was known for his easy-going personality, great smile, and willingness to lend a helping hand. He knew a lot of his customers personally and genuinely cared about them.
Norman loved to play cribbage and poker, sometimes playing several times a week with his brother and friends. Norman was very proud to own a 1967 Chevelle Super Sport. He enjoyed taking it to car shows in Maine and all over New England, winning many trophies and making friends along the way. Norman was a 35-year member of the Meduncook Lodge 211 in Friendship.
Norman is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marjorie Gray of Friendship. He has five daughters, Sherrie Reed and husband Wade of Friendship, Teresa Costello and husband Michael of Orono, Merilyn Gray of Rockland, Kelly Hall and husband Jamie of Owls Head, and Jennifer Kane and husband Kevin of Hancock; a son Norman Zachary Gray and wife Megan of Friendship; three step-daughters, Deborah Heald of Thomaston, Jennifer Delano of Friendship, and Wendy Collamore of Warren; and three step-sons, James Delano and wife Deborah of Waldoboro, Christopher Delano of Friendship, and Matthew Delano and wife Brandy of Waldoboro.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. at The First Baptist Church in Waldoboro. A private family graveside service will follow at Harbor Cemetery in Friendship. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Pope Memorial Humane Society of Rockland.
You are invited to share your online condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories page at hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home Waldoboro.