George W Gray, 75, of Park Avenue, Woolrich, PA passed away peacefully in his home residence on Monday afternoon February 7, 2022. He was born in Garrett, PA, the fourth child of the late Carlton Gray Sr & Leona (Bush) Gray.
He was the 1964 Graduate of Meyersdale Area High School in Meyersdale, PA. While attending High School, George earned 3 letters each in football and basketball while also earning 4 letters in baseball. He was the quarterback of the undefeated 1963 football team. He was undefeated in his four years of high school pitching for the baseball team. He was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and the NY Mets organizations during his senior year. He was then signed by the NY Mets organization after high school and pitched until a shoulder injury had him released from the organization.
George then honorably served his country in the Army while serving in the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged from the Army and returning to PA, George went into the Law Enforcement with the PA State Police. He was stationed for most of his time in Lock Haven while also being stationed in Greensburg during which the family lived in the Ligonier Area. During this time, George and the former Cindy Eldred were married in Latrobe, PA on December 17, 1974, and just celebrated 47 years of marriage together. George was with the State Police for 20+ years before retiring in 1992 as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.
Some of George’s hobbies included being a baseball umpire in the Little League, High School and College levels. He was an active member at the Belles Springs Golf Course where he was an avid left-handed golfer. During his career he played in and won individual and team championships. George also enjoyed cruises with his wife. George also enjoyed collecting many different baseball hats. George was a past commander of the Jersey Shore Honor Guard and the Jersey Shore V.F.W. Post #5859. George is also a member of the Somerset County Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame.
George is survived by his wife Cindy, their blended family – Michael Haffley and wife Gina of Lock Haven, Beth (Gray) Holdaway and husband David of Boswell, Trent Gray and wife Gina of Hazleton and Jeff Gray and wife Lori Kim of Salisbury, PA. Also, his 6 grandchildren – Robbie Risley, Maegan Greenwade, Mitchell Haffley, Brooke Gnagey, Liliana Shumaker and Seth Neri and 3 great granddaughters – Ellie & Ryleigh Greenwade and Nora Haffley. He is also survived by their 3 fur babies – Domino, Checkers and Chessy. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Also surviving is his first wife Ellen (Housel) Mull. George is predeceased by his siblings Carlton Gray Jr “June,” Kenneth Gray Sr, Doris “Sis” Lenhart.
Viewing hours will be held on Thursday February 10, 2022, from the hours of 6pm – 8pm. The funeral service will be held then on Friday February 11, 2022, at 12:30pm at the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC, 121 W Main St, Lock Haven, PA 17745.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made at the following organizations – American Diabetes Association, The V.F.W. Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com or Yost-Gedon Funeral Home Facebook Page.
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