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Michael Gray

Michael "Mike" Gray

Tuesday, June 5th, 1951 - Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
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GRAY: Michael George "Mike"

It is with great sadness that the family of Michael announce his peaceful passing at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the age of 69. Michael, cherished husband of Gale and loving father of Daniel (Erica) and Matthew (Jenna). Loved Grandpa to Abigail, Liam, Ella and Miles. Beloved son of Betty and the late Bill Gray. Dear brother of David (Debbie) Gray, John Gray, Joanne Gray, and Louise (Ivan) Passey. Michael was hired as a Mechanical Engineer at GE Nuclear (Peterborough) in 1979, where he worked up until his unexpected death. In 1982 Michael began farming, feeding Peterborough and the surrounding area with fresh holiday turkeys until retiring in 2017. He enjoyed playing music with the the Ron Marenger Big Band, Knightshift, and the Peterborough Concert Band. Michael was an avid pilot who loved flying his Cessna. He was an active member of the Ontario Flying Farmers, and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. Michael volunteered his time, and plane, to the Young Eagles and Girls Take Flight programs. Michael was many things to many people: musician, pilot, engineer, the turkey guy, mentor, son, brother, husband, father, grandpa, idol, and all-round good guy. He will be dearly missed. Goodbye Michael, we love you. No formal services will be held, however the family would appreciate memories to be added to Michael's memory wall at www.AshburnhamFuneral.ca . If wished, donations made in Michael's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, or Hope Air, would be appreciated.
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Doug Mahler

Posted at 03:45pm
I met Mike the first day that he started to work at GE Nuclear in 1979 and it occurred to me very quickly that he would become a key player on the engineering team. When our customers needed help with their fuel handling systems, they would say " Call GE". When they needed help with fuelling machines they would say "Call Mike Gray". He was always very quick to respond in his quiet, patient and reassuring manner. I remember one of our customers saying that Mike always answered his phone. One fond memory I have of Mike was the time he told me his email inbox was getting so full that he was unable to reply to them all and I could tell it was bothering him. I suggested that he do nothing but answer emails for the first hour of each day. Mike thought this would be of help. A few days later I went by his office about 5 or 10 minutes after start time and he was on the phone. Later that day I passed him in the hallway and asked him how the email plan was working. He said he just got started on them, but he had to answer the phone when it rang. Mike always made sure that every one who phoned him got his personal attention.
Mike was also passionate about donating blood and any time the Red Cross had a blood drive on, he would encourage others to attend. There are many fortunate people whose lives have been saved by his generosity.
Gayle and family, Jeanette and I share in your grief. The planet has lost one of its best citizens.

Doug Mahler
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Brian De Leenheer

Posted at 07:27pm
I have had the privilege of working with Mike for my 15 years at GE/BWXT. As someone from outside the nuclear industry, I frequently came to Mike for help, opinions, and advice and Mike was invariably extremely helpful and giving of his time. Regardless of whatever he may have had on his plate, Mike made me feel at ease and that my enquiry was as important to him as it was to me. In fact I can never remember him ever telling me that he didn't have time or was too busy for whatever I had dropped in to discuss . He was a true mentor to many in our workplace and will be sorely missed. It was a pleasure and privilege knowing him, I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family.
YH

Youngsang Hong

Posted at 08:35pm
This is such shock and unexpected loss. I was work with him and he was my mentor. We had frequently talked about flying I couldn't believe still he is not here any more. I will deeply miss him. He is now in Sky and will look us as he was looking this world in his Cessna. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

WC

Warren G. Crafy

Posted at 11:23am
Gale and family, I just want to say how shocked I was to read of Mike's passing. I met Mike while working at GE in the early 80's and that progressed to me coming to the farm for a few years to help with the turkeys the week before thanksgiving. It was quite an experience handling 800 birds in two days. He was always very nice to me and I definitely enjoyed any conversation that we had. My condolences Gale, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
RN

Roger M Newbury

Posted at 12:18pm
Sad news. Mike was a staunch member of the Ontario Flying Farmers (OFF). He enjoyed life to the full - Flying Family Farming and Music.
I am sure he is heading for a better place. A real loss 20+ years too soon, but we cannot know God's plans for us.
Roger M Newbury
OFF member
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