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Gilbert Marriner “Gil” Bray
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home
Gilbert Marriner “Gil” Bray, 79, passed away Monday March 3, 2008 at 10:05 am peacefully in his home after a bout with cancer. A memorial service will be held from on Wednesday March 19, 2008 in the family home at 2909 Tern in Galveston with visitation beginning at 5:00 pm and services beginning at 6:30 pm. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend. Crematory services were provided under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas. Interment of ashes will occur in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Mr. Bray was born December 16, 1928 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where he was an accomplished athlete and sailor. He attended Marblehead High School where he was co-captain of the football team and played fullback, and also was a varsity letterman for the baseball and hockey teams. Prior to entering college, he attended Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts after surviving polio his sophomore year of high school.
He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1954 where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. There he was a letterman for both the UNH Wildcats hockey and football teams and was a member of the 1950 Conference Championship football team.
Additionally he was a member of both the Air Force ROTC and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Following college he was commissioned in the US Air Force where he served as part of the Strategic Air Command and achieved the rank of first lieutenant. He moved to Galveston after being stationed at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston and married Juanita Marie Phipps in 1955. On January 25, 1961 he was honorably discharged from the US Air Force.
Following his service years, Mr. Bray received a banking degree from Southern Methodist University’s Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and was employed by US National Bank, where he served as Vice President. In 1974, he married Joy Dee Thompson. As one of the founding members of the Galveston Yacht Club, he continued a tradition of offshore sailboat racing for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents William and Marie Bray and his brother William H. Bray. He is survived by his daughter Ann Marie Bray Buchanan, former wife Joy Dee Bray, step-daughter Robin Majd, grandchildren Brayden and Ainsley Buchanan, Aveed, Mariam, and Zohreh Majd, as well as several other family members.
The family would like to thank AMED Community Hospice for all of their care. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Gilbert M. Bray Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o The Magicians Gridiron Club, P.O. Box 505 Marblehead, MA 01945.
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