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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Monday April 12th, 2021
2:00pm - 8:00pm

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Mass of Christian Burial

Holy Trinity Catholic Church~Assumption
Tuesday April 13th, 2021

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Brian J. Gray

Brian Jay Gray, 61, passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving family on April 8, 2021.

There was never a person in need that Brian didn’t help. He and Mary’s words always were, “Our front door is forever open, and there is always room for one more at our table.” He treated every stranger as a friend and loved his family with all of his heart. He kissed his sons as much as his daughters and told his children he loved them at least once a day. He adored all of his grandchildren and celebrated every new birth. Brian worked hard for 38 years at Jeep to provide for his family. He loved his team at Jeep and they often referred to him as their work dad. He mentored many and was admired for his work ethic. He truly cared about his role as Team Leader.

Every Sunday their home was full of family, friends and the aroma of delicious home cooked food because Sundays were for God and family, but Saturday was for Notre Dame football. Brian loved to cook and was especially proud of his soups on New Year’s Day.

Brian’s humor was exceptional and his Irish wit was above all others. He dearly loved to laugh and a good joke or limerick never went unnoticed. Tradition seeped through his veins as he often said, “Tradition is who you are and not what you do.” Praying the rosary every morning was his daily routine, just like his father before him and his father before that. Standing alongside his beloved wife Mary, raising their children to love one another was the most important thing on Earth to him. Brian believed when you love your family, everyone you meet becomes family.

Brian will be passionately missed by the love of his life and bride of 36 years, Mary (McGranahan) Gray, and his legacy will live on through his children Adam (Caryn) Gray, Emily (Matthew) Whitely, Oliver (Lizzie) Gray, Adeline (Jacob) Ransom, Isabelle (Zachary) Thomas, and Elliott Gray; grandchildren, Raegan, Reese, Liam, Mick, Sophie, Lily, Killian, Cormick, Ivy, Vivienne, and Adelita. Brian will be greatly missed by his sisters, Peg Hayden and Bridget Gray; several nieces and nephews, and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Patricia; brother, Dennis; and sister, Pat. He is also survived by his aunt, Cheryl Kornfeld; uncle, Barry Wilhite; sister-in-law, Kathy Gray; and sister, Debra Mills.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 12th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday, April 13th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2649 US Hwy. 20, Swanton, OH 43558., where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12:00 (Noon).

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity School - Tuition Assistance Fund.

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Brian was a great guy. Came to my grandfathers funeral (Tom Beaudry) and I didnt know he knew him that well, but he was there. True class. He used to come into the bank I worked at and it was always great to see him. To Mary and the kids, I am so sorry. Your Dad was a great guy and he is now at peace. God bless.

Chad Arthur

Chad Arthur Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to Mary and family.
I know there are no words that can cure the pain you feel but I hope you can all find a bit of peace in knowing God called Brian home, needing an extra special angel.

I remember chatting with Brian at the house a few yrs back he was such a smart man and very funny! Me,the kids and Richie always felt welcomed around him.
He will be sorely missed by many but celebrated because he touched so many hearts.
I never got to personally thank him for welcoming Vivienne in and loving her just as much as his other grand babies but I never expected nothing less hopefully he knows that now.

Sincerely, Leah and family

Leah Whitson & family Apr 11 2021 12:00 AM

Brian always had a smile on his face. He was a great father and husband. At church dinners, he was always at the grill. God bless your soul Brian, I will be praying for you, Mary, the kids and grandchildren. Whenever I see a rainbow in the sky, I will be thinking of you.

Carla Zsigray Apr 10 2021 12:00 AM

My mom Dorothy Best would go on and on about the Brian Gray family, she would see them in church and would say how cute and well behaved they were, so sorry for your loss ! Karen Best Grant Class of 1970

Karen Grant Apr 10 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Much too young to be gone. May he rest in eternal peace with the Lord.

Jackie Bensman Apr 9 2021 12:00 AM

Mary and family, I am sorry for your loss, and my memories of Brian always bring a smile to my face.

Kim "Saccucci" Kettman Apr 9 2021 12:00 AM

Our daughter, Emily, a friend of Bizzy, Brian's daughter, remembers Mr. Gray's quick wit and wonderful hospitality. Many a time she was a guest for a wonderful meal and the New Year's Day soup day with several soups where she was always allowed to bring some home to share. Delicious. Brian will be greatly missed but his memory will live on. I personally am calling on him to beg God for our prayer petitions. I know he is Irish and won't give up. I feel like we all have a great friend who is so close to God. I wonder how Irish football will do this year. God bless you, Brian and your beautiful family! Mary, please let us know of your needs. You are in our thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful role model you have been regarding married love.
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April 9, 2021

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