GRAY, Norman E. - Peacefully, on Wednesday April 20, 2022 at the Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, in his 97th year.
Beloved husband of the late Barbara. Dear and loving father of Kate-Lynn, Dianne (Colin) and David. Jovial grandfather of Matthew and his step-granddaughters Filomena and Sabrina.
He will be missed by his sister-in-law Madeleine and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Norman, or Norm as he was most often known, was a proud Canadian who served his country with the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.
Later, he met and married Barbara, and family life became of great importance to him.
He also had a great way with people at work, and enjoyed much success as Vice President of Manufacturing at Esselte Pendaflex, overseeing their production of office products.
Norm was a great man of faith, involved for many years with Bloordale United Church that he co-founded, and the Hustler Men's Bible Class, through which he contributed to charitable work and their annual Revue.
But as the dementia progressed, his ability to play harmonica left him. Ever determined to still make music, Norm began whistling hymns every day until near the end of his life. Then amazingly, after not playing harmonica for a few years, two days before his passing, Norman raised his hands to his mouth as if to play the harmonica once more. Norman and the music he shared will be greatly missed.
Funeral arrangements with the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Bloordale United Church 4258 Bloor St. W., Etobicoke, on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 2 p.m. To keep everyone safe, Church policy requires masks to be worn, and attendees 12 and older to show proof of vaccination or of a negative rapid test the day before or a letter of medical exemption, all with personal I.D. Private family entombment.
For those who wish, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.