Obituary of Orville Francis Gray
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Age 83 of Halifax.
Our world feels so very empty today Orville Gray passed away on January 6, 2024 in Palliative Care in the Centennial wing of the Victoria General Hospital.
Born in Halifax he was the son of Clifford and Olive Gray.
Orville grew up and spent his working years in the Halifax area. The majority of his work life was with the Department of Public Works with the Federal Government. As the oldest of seven children, he felt a deep responsibility for the care of his siblings especially after the passing of his parents. He gave them support and advice filled with humor and common sense. As a husband, father, and grandfather he showed love and thoughtfulness in countless ways.
Orville had a strong work ethic, anything that needed to be constructed or repaired he could do. He was a great problem solver. His general knowledge was wide ranging, and he enjoyed technology. He had the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. He was a positive role model especially for his sons and grandson.
Throughout his years of many medical issues, he battled through with a positive attitude. His great joy was his grandson, Carson. He attended his hockey and baseball games regardless of pain. The rink and baseball field were where pain was forgotten. It was his “happy place.”
Orville is survived by his wife, Diane Gray (Vaughan) of 58 years; son, Jamie (Joanne); sisters, Doreen Doyle, Pauline Murphy, Patsy (Bill) Coolen, Rosanne Blackwood (Ken Champion); sister-in-law, Judy Gray; grandson, Carson Gray; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; son, David; brothers, Donald, Basil; sister-in-law, Faith Gray; brothers-in-law, Bobby Blackwood, Loran Doyle, Harold Murphy.
Orville said his goodbyes to the many family members who came to visit, also phone calls to numerous friends. We thank them for spending their time, bringing treats, coffee, and expressions of love and caring.
We also thank the Palliative Care team from the bottom of our hearts. They treated him as one of their own.
By request there will be no memorial service, interment will be held at a later date.
Donations in Orville’s memory can be made to a charity of choice.
Nine years ago, a dear seven-year-old wisely said, “Grampie will be able to walk better when he flies to heaven.”
We must trust the wisdom of our children.
Love You Forever.