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S. Thomas Gray

June 12, 1932 October 1, 2020
S. Thomas Gray
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Obituary for S. Thomas Gray

Sterling Thomas Gray passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 1, 2020. Tom was the devoted husband of Constance Showell Gray ("Connie") for 66 years, father to David Gray (Elizabeth Gray) and Lisa Gray; grandfather to Travis Gray (Vanessa Gray), Kelsey Kersbergen (Andy Kersbergen), Madison Murphy (Kevin Murphy), & Corinne Larsen. He was also a great-grandfather to Linnea & Lily Gray, Ben & Avery Kersbergen, and Constance Rae & Seamus Murphy. He was deeply loved by all his family.

Tom was born June 12, 1932 in Hollywood, California to Pearl Madsen Gray and Sterling Price Gray. They moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1946 where Tom graduated from East High School in 1949. Tom attended the University of Utah and joined the Cappa Sigma Fraternity. He served in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1952 and in the Air National Guard from 1952 to 1953. Tom married Connie in 1954, graduated from the University of Utah in 1955, and became a father in 1958. In 1965, they moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey and to Littleton, Colorado in 1973.

Tom worked as a salesman, first for Remington Rand and Dictaphone in the 1950s, then for Smith Kline & French Pharmaceuticals (now GlaxoSmithKline) from 1961-1987. (He used to say his years as a spy could not be discussed.) After retirement, he served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Pharmacists Association from 1988 to 1995 and the Colorado Medical Equipment Association from 1997 to 1998.

He and Connie traveled the world together: all over the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, Greece, Egypt, Israel, and Russia. Their favorite place, aside from their own backyard patio, was Hawaii. They loved being grandparents and made a tradition of taking each grandchild on a trip when they turned 7 and 14.

Tom enjoyed watching TV: He watched Johnny Carson every night for decades and scheduled family phone calls to avoid missing 60 Minutes. He loved boating, fishing, and waterskiing, snow skiing, and watching the Denver Broncos football and Colorado Rockies baseball. Tom loved gadgets, had a keen sense of humor, and made a killer meatloaf. He knew how to enjoy life and was loved and respected by all of his family.

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Crypt-side Services

Monday

12

Oct

12:00 PM 10/12/2020 12:00:00 PM
Chapel Hill Cemetery

6601 South Colorado Boulevard
Centennial, CO 80121

SERVICES ARE PRIVATE FOR THE GRAY FAMILY. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Chapel Hill Cemetery
6601 South Colorado Boulevard Centennial 80121 CO
United States

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Chapel Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

6601 South Colorado Boulevard
Centennial, CO 80121

6601 South Colorado Boulevard Centennial 80121 CO
United States
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