Mr. Abram L. Gray, 44, of 56 Mary Road, unexpectedly passed away early Wednesday morning, January 4, 2011 at Massena Memorial Hospital.
Abram was born June 10, 1067 in Malone, the son of Abram Gray Sr. and the late Gertrude Adams Gray. He attended Salmon River Central School and Northfield Mount Vernon Prep School in Boston. While a student as Salmon River, he ran cross country track.
After school, he became an ironworker with Local #440. As an ironworker, he worked in New York and New Jersey and was known as one of the best connectors in the trade. Abram was a jack of all trades and was always willing to help anyone. He loved his family and enjoyed running, helping his sisters, gardening, and cutting wood. Abram will be best known for his “hearty” laugh, those that knew him will certainly miss his joyful and hearty laughs.
He is survived by his daughters, Valarie Gray and Tia Boots both of Akwesasne; his loving companion, Laurie Debyah; his father, Abram Gray, Sr; his sisters, Leona and Terry Francis, Lisa Gray, Virginia “Ginger” Gray, and Lori Gray, all of Akwesasne; his brothers, Phillip and Mary Gray, Mike and Ann Marie Gray, and Norman and Margaret Gray, all of Akwesasne; his goddaughter, Mindy Gray; and many aunts uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the home of his father, Abram Gray, beginning Friday 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 noon Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Sunday 1:00 p.m. at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating. Burial will be in Kateri Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where condolence may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.