FAIRFAX, Vt. – Alan Lewis Gray, 64, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011, surrounded by his loving family at his home. He was born April 2, 1947, in Castine, son of the late Lewis L. and Florence (Brockway) Gray.
Alan was proud to have served his country with the U.S. Air Force retiring in 1987 after 20 dedicated years. He was a talented musician and honored those who served by playing Taps during their graveside services. Alan married the former Susan Valyou, Aug. 22, 1987, in Underhill, Vt. He was a very good cook and looked forward to returning to the beautiful lakes of Maine. Alan was deeply loved by his family and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Gray of Fairfax, Vt.; two sons, Andrew Gray of Milton, Vt., and Donald Gray and fiancee, Jolene, of Burlington, Vt.; a daughter, Heather Gray and husband of Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Lillian, Willow, Nicki, Andrew, Mandi and Zach; his brother, Joseph A. Gray of Florida; sisters, Carolyn M. Gray and Mary M. Deans, both of Maine; a special childhood friend, Brent Soper; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his wonderful pet and companion, Rocksea. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Leon and Donald Gray; and sisters, Harriet Marston, Irene Bowden and Jean Jay.
Visiting hours will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at A. W. Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel, where military honors will be accorded 4 p.m. for this U.S. Air Force veteran. A graveside memorial service will be held in Orland on a date to be announced. Memorial contributions in Alan’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health and Hospice, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478. Arrangements are by John D. Workman, A. W. Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel, 1176 Main St., Fairfax, Vt. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting Alan’s life tribute at