WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It is with great sadness that the family of Robert "Bob" Gray announces his passing on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at the age of 75.
Bob was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, and moved to Cooperstown with his family in 1953, where he attended Cooperstown High School.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1960, where he served honorably for 24 years. Bob was bestowed with the duties and title of torpedoman on many U.S. Destroyers, the last being the USS Caron. He explored the world, experiencing countless countries, culture and people. He would often reminisce of his days in the Navy and the countless hours spent on deck, recalling things only to be referred to as unknown or unidentified.
Bob married Christine Carson in 1967. Together had a daughter, Heather, who was Bob's pride and joy. Bob spent many hours with Heather, fishing, working on engines and enjoying sports; all while teaching life lessons.
After retiring from the Navy, Bob went to work for NYDOT, where he prided himself on keeping the roads safe in winter, plowing roads and "the whip" in Cherry Valley.
An avid bass fisherman, Bob was a great contender in the Susquehanna Bass Club with his partner, Don, and proudly shared many stories of his victories.
In 2016, Bob moved with his wife, Christine, to South Florida to be with his daughter and his grandsons. He spent his Florida days sitting on sidelines proudly watching his grandsons at their sports games or enjoying his "patio domain" watching any sports, news or weather on his giant TV. He enjoyed sampling many restaurants, particularly seafood and desserts and was content while watching the inlet waves with Christine.
Bob is predeceased by his father, Robert Gray; stepmother, Ruth Gray; mother, Arlene; and grandson, Justin Hoag.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Christine; daughters, Heather and Lori; stepson, Don and wife, Rosie; grandsons, Hayden and Luca; his sisters, Janice and Judy; as well many extended family and friends.
Services will be announced later. Bob will be laid to rest with his fellow military servicemen in the South Florida National Cemetery.
Published on November 14, 2017