George A Gray died January 1, 2008
My father-in-law, for whom my husband was named, gave up his battle with death and slipped quietly away into the early morning light of New Years Day 2008. My husband and I and a few others of his immediate family had spent New Year’s Eve at his bedside and keeping company with each other for comfort. An experienced Hospice nurse told the family she had never seen anyone cling to life as he had. A week or two before Christmas, he was not expected to live through each new day and yet he did. He was tough and stubborn and liked to be in control of his life. These were characteristics of a strong man who was full of wisdom. At his 90th birthday party on Nov 30 (for which I posted a report on wordpress), he showed me his innate gentility, poise, and aplomb with his social graces and deportment. Though he had guests numbering nearly 200 he was at ease and gracious to them all. Considering his condition, I was awestruck. My admiration for him overwhelmed me. His family has been heroic. I do not exclude myself from his family because I have been a member of it for 42 years but I speak of his wife and the two children he raised. They showed him such love and devotion through this long ordeal that consumed the holiday season. His death was a relief but it will leave a hole in the family that will be a loss to us all. I am posting a picture of him taken in his youth when he was in his prime, full of promise and with a full life ahead of him.