BLUE HILL – Duane Barry Gray died unexpectedly Sept. 16, 2012, at his residence. He was born May 9, 1946, in Blue Hill, the son of Warren and Mildred (Leighton) Gray.
Duane graduated from George Stevens Academy as valedictorian of his class in 1964 and graduated from Massachusetts School of Pharmacy in 1969. He worked as a pharmacist for Partridge Drug Store, Blue Hill Hospital, LaVerdiere’s, Rite Aid and was currently employed by Community Pharmacy at Tradewinds Market Place where he will be missed by all he served. Duane loved sports, watching and playing. He was a two-time state champ in slow pitch softball; his teammates would cringe every time he did his famous basket catch. Duane never dropped the ball. He also played basketball with his Sunday night crew. He had a passion for golf, as soon as the pins were on the greens, the golf season started that next Sunday at 7 a.m. He was also a public servant who was currently serving as chairman of the selectmen of Blue Hill. He had a great love for the Blue Hill cemeteries and their well being. Duane loved his town of Blue Hill and all of the people he served. He was a member of the Blue Hill Masons for 42 years; “Puppet Master” of Blue Hill Lodge No. 79 where he was a member for 42 years, being the glue that held the lodge together; and member of the Rebekah’s of Blue Hill. He recently received the Grand Lodge International Order of Odd Fellows of Maine Certificate of Perfection. Duane bled the three rings: friendship, love and truth.
He is survived by his daughters, Melanie of Ellsworth and Annemarie of Scarborough; sons, Adam and his wife, Candace, and Andrew, all of Blue Hill; and brothers, Donald and his wife, Patricia, and Robert and his wife, Kathy, both of Blue Hill. He was an uncle to Jon and Nicole of Sedgwick, Bill of Blue Hill, Tom and Sharon and their daughter, Tiffany, of Holden, Jim and Kat and their daughter, Hannah, of Freeport, Larry and Carol and their son, Josh, of Bucksport, Greg, Dan and Linley, all of Blue Hill. He is also survived by granddaughter, Caelan; and mothers of his children, Bonnie Paulas of Brooksville and Susan Anton of Saco.
Friends are invited to gather with the family 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at George Stevens Academy gymnasium with a reception afterward in the cafeteria. Contributions in Duane’s memory may be made to GSA Athletic Fund, Blue Hill Cemetery Fund or Blue Hill Lodge No. 79, care of Camden National Bank, P.O. Box 570, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.