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GRAY – Charlie

September 15, 1950 – August 11, 2012

It is with broken hearts that we announce that Charles Leonard Gray passed away with his loving wife by his side on Saturday, August 11, 2012 after a long and valiant fight against heart disease and neuropathy.

He graduated from Viscount Bennett High School and was a member of the wrestling team there. In his youth he was very involved in the Boy Scouts up to Rovers and attended St. Martin’s Anglican Church. As a young man he was a member of the Four Wheel Mountain Cats, where his nickname became No-Jeep Charlie. He briefly worked at Miller and Brown Trucking, and then went on to a thirty six year career with The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, with ever increasing responsibilities in the casino, race track and other areas. A frequent volunteer, he most recently served on the Boards of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Calgary and the Calgary Neuropathy Association. Charlie was a kind man who helped others quietly and without seeking recognition. Family and friends were very important to him and he enjoyed getting together with them.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife Roxanne; his beloved children Adam Gray and Amber (Jason) Potter; mother Joan; beloved Auntie Pat; sister Cathy Greyland; brother Richard (Colleen Eggertson); nieces and nephews, Pamela (Ed) Clark, David (Deena) Greyland, Terry Greyland, Maja and Leonard Gray, Brandin and Jayden Tarnowski and Barb Gray, the mother of his children, and cousins galore as well as other relatives. He will also be greatly missed by his many friends and former colleagues.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In Lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust, Neuropathy Clinic, Suite 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, The family expresses gratefulness to the cardiac staff at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary and at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton.

In living memory of Charlie Gray, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Charlie will be dearly missed at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo! I worked with him every year and always enjoyed his quick smiles and easy going spirit. He always had a hug ready for me.
    Condolences to the family!
    Kerri Roe

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  2. My deepest condolences to all Charlie’s family. I have known Charlie for over forty years, and I was blessed to have him spend a few days here last November. My friends and family knew him as “two-legged Charlie” to differentiate him from my dog named Charley, but I knew him first as “No-Jeep Charlie. He always knew how to make me laugh, and he was a kind and generous man who I will always remember as a very dear friend.

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  3. So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I met him at Deaf & Hard of Hearing Society years ago. I convinced him to take the Speechreading (Lip-reading) Course to assist him with his hearing loss. Later on he took over the volunteer Treasurer position from me with the Calgary Branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. We travelled to St. John’s, Nfld on a National Conference together and enjoyed exploring the area afterwards. Charlie was such a gentle man and we always hugged whenever we met. He will be dearly missed.
    Condolences to his family, friends & former colleagues.

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  4. Katherine Granson :

    I will always think of Charlie with strong moral values and work ethics. My mother, Connie Ryan, worked with Charlie at the Calgary Stampede Admin. Building for quite a few years. As a university student and needing to make a summer income for school, my mother had me work her job in the Mail Room from April – August thanks to Charlie’s agreement and acceptance. It was during these summers that I met and worked with Charlie. He was an excellent coach, manager,leader and influence – especially during my late teen years. He was firm and focused, what a great lead into my career as a teacher.
    As years moved on, low and behold I met up with Charlie again, as his son’s teacher! I taught Adam in Grade 5 and loved working with him – LEGO comes into my mind instantly when I think of how creative Adam was and hopefully continues to be.
    I know this is a very sad time for you Roxanne, Adam and Amber – my thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

    With happy thoughts of Charlie,
    Kate Granson
    aka Katherine Ryan

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  5. Charlie was a respected co-worker during my 22 year career with the Calgary Stampede and a trusted friend for even longer. I am saddened by his passing but will always remember his kindness and his sense of humour.
    My condolences to his family.

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  6. Peter Proudlock :

    Chalie was an incredible fellow, easily liked and great sense of humour. We have not know him many years, but easy to call a friend, with a great love of life, and had a good lot of stories at BBQ’s & dinner at our place. He will be missed dearly.

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  7. Dear family and friends…
    I was very sad to hear of Charlie’s way too early passing and wish my heartfelt condolences to the family. I did not know Charlie in our adult years at all, but we were very good boyhood friends and had many adventures together in our pre-teen years. I have thought of him many times over the last 50+ years, as I imagine he occasionally did of me, both wondering what had become of each other. We met again a couple of years ago at the Stampede through my sister Linda which is when I discovered how successful he had been in his life’s journeys both career wise and family.
    As children, his dear mother must have feared for both our safety many times as we did things most children would never be allowed to do today. Charlie was very brave. I recall we dug a big hole just off the side of Len’s garage, filled it with water and jumped off the roof of the garage into about a foot and a half of muddy water. That first time was scary!! Charlie was like an igloo, as the polar bear once said “soft on the outside and chewy in the middle”. We never had to worry about being bullied, as both of us would way sooner suffer a bloody nose than back down from an injustice. I bet he was like that throughout his lifetime. A person who considered others first but took no hogwash from anyone.
    Charlie once accidently, at least I think it was accidently, hit me in the face with a croquet mallet, breaking one of my front teeth off. He was very apologetic and Joan made him make amends for quite a while. I actually was cheating so I probably had it coming to me. He liked that croquet mallet, as he also bopped my brother in the head with it when Bill was teasing Cathy. Bill got a big goose egg and both of us were a lot more respectful around Charlie after that.
    Charlie amazed me with his science as a kid. He made radios and other gadgets that were far beyond my comprehension. I always thought he would have become a scientist as he, like his dad, was smart and inquisitive. We liked to hike together and spent many a summer day exploring the prairies and woods near our home. I believe this was the foundation for my career as a park ranger and initiated both of our interest in the outdoors.
    Joan and Cathy will remember Len’s homemade root beer, gosh that was good stuff. I have many fond memories of all of us sitting in the shade of his backyard tipping back a cool one watching the clouds fly by. That is how I will remember him, sharing those endless summers with him, carefree and happy,to just let the clouds float by.
    God Bless All
    Gary Glinz
    Kimberley, BC

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  8. Roxy,

    We are all so sorry for your loss. It’s not fair. My condolences to you and the family.

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  9. Peter J.M. Pallesen :

    My condolences to the Gray family upon the passing of Charles, I remain, Peter Pallesen – I am a member of the Historical Committee of the CES.

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