Obituaries

Dr. Wm. Alexander Gray

Friday, 20 July 1928 - Thursday, 18 May 2017

Death Notice

Dr. Wm. Alexander Gray died peacefully in his home on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Alex was a distinguished general surgeon in Sarnia for over 50 years. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marguerite (Cruickshank) in 1974 and his second wife, Cheryl (Martin) in 2016. He is survived by his children Kathy Wakely (Peter), Joanne Abbott (Bill), John Gray, Lisa Gray (Chris), Susan MacQueen (Shane), Rob Gray (Kat) and Sandra Gray (Chris). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Alex was an enthusiastic golfer, curler, sailor, and a lover of animals. He approached life with energy and optimism. He felt privileged to provide surgical care to his patients and had deep respect for his medical colleagues. Special thanks to Jewel Hiemstra, his primary caregiver, and the many others who provided compassionate care to dad and his family over the last year. Also, thanks to Dr. Brian Davies and his wife, Sharon. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, May 22, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A private family service will be held with the interment in Bear Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Bluewater Health Surgical Department (cheques only at the funeral home please).

Visitation

Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, May 22, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Service

A private family service will be held with the interment in Bear Creek Cemetery.

Donations

In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Bluewater Health Surgical Department (cheques only at the funeral home please).

32 Condolences

  • Jennifer Bright (nee Grant) July 26, 2017 10:56pm

    Sending some late condolences but heart felt. It was during my youth and childhood that I knew Dr. Gray. As a friend of Lisa through public school and into high school I visited often, babysat occasionally, and even travelled on vacation with the family. I remember once how surprised he was when I ordered salad with blue cheese dressing as a 12 year old. Dr.Gray was a kind man and father. He was a dedicated physician. I will always remember his warm eyes when he smiled. I was sorry I could not be with you in May but wanted to merit the memories by leaving a wee message. I shall continue to think of you in prayer. May God bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  • Lisa Gray June 18, 2017 02:13am

    Happy Father's Day, Dad. Sorry we let that awful woman take the piano against your wishes.

  • Linda and Kirk Oleniuk June 13, 2017 02:28pm

    Joanne and Kathy,
    I know your dad will be truly missed.
    He was a wicked squash player, a compassionate healer and a really good guy.
    My heart goes out to you.
    Take care
    Linda and Kirk

  • Doug Young and Kathy Butler May 23, 2017 05:45pm

    We want to express our condolences to the family. We enjoyed our visits with Alex immensely, and always had frank, engaging conversations with him on whatever the topic. We are thinking of you all and share your great loss.

  • Bill Buckton May 23, 2017 02:19pm

    My sincere condolences to Dr. Gray's family. Alex was a great surgeon who served the community well. I have fond memories of assisting Alex at Sarnia General and St. Joseph's Hospitals and later having the pleasure of being his golfing partner. He will be greatly missed.

  • Jacob and Shoba May 23, 2017 12:04pm

    Kathy and Joanne, our condolence on the passing of your Dad. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Betty Stone May 23, 2017 08:52am

    Condolences on your loss. I knew Dr Gray from years of working at the hospital. He was an amazing person and Physician. He was always pleasant, and made time for everyone . He will be greatly missed.
    Blessings and Prayers to all
    Betty Stone

  • Kim Terry Soeder May 22, 2017 01:19pm

    Deepest sympathy in the loss of a great physician/surgeon and true gentleman, who took time to acknowledge, have a brief chat and treat everyone with respect, whether he was at work or out socializing.
    He will truly be missed
    Sincerely,
    Kim & Terry Soeder

  • Ross and Dorothy (McIntyre) Kerby May 21, 2017 02:19am

    Our Condolences to the Wakely family.
    Your dad and grandpa performed several surgeries for my McIntyre family. He kept my father from falling by asking my dad to sit down before he fainted in ER while performing a surgical procedure on me as a little girl. That was many years ago.
    May sweet memories bring joy to your heart
    and a smile to your face for many years.
    Blessings, Ross, Dorothy, Julie and Jeff Kerby

  • Florise and george Li Chong May 20, 2017 06:19pm

    We are very sorry and sad to learn of Alex passing away. we will miss his kindness and smiling face very much. please accept our condolences. From the lichongs.

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