Gray, Robert George
Robert “Bob” George Gray passed away unexpectedly, while visiting his sister and brother-in-law, in Inverness, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Bob was born Oct. 10, 1937 in Los Angeles, Calif. Loving parents, Edna and Stanley Hawthorne, raised him in Los Angeles. In 1957, Bob married Darlene Langstaff and moved to Sacramento, where he began a career in aerospace and mechanical estimating/ engineering. In 1972, Bob and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he completed his career with Dillingham Construction of Pleasanton and Monterey Mechanical of Oakland. Bob lived life fully, and he did everything with a zest for life; he lived life his way: “Think Snow” ” “Think Scuba” ” “It’s warm in Cabo.”
Bob leaves behind three children: Lynette Gray Plantz, of Fairfield, Calif.; Deanne Gray, of Carlsbad, Calif.; and Robert M. Gray, of San Ramon, Calif., and a sister, Jeanne Hawthorne McIntosh, of Lecanto, Fla., and brother, John Hawthorne of Chatsworth, Calif. Bob loved his five grandchildren very much. He will be missed by his many relatives, including numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and an aunt and uncle from Challis, Idaho.
Since 2000, Bob worked each winter at Donner Ski Ranch, where he enjoyed teaching children of all ages to ski. He loved Truckee and the Sierras for the skiing, hiking and overall beauty. Bob split his years since retirement in the “best of both worlds,” spending his summers in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur. In Cabo, Bob enjoyed scuba diving, golfing, fishing, boating and the beauty of southern Baja. Bob’s many friends in the Bay Area, Truckee and Cabo will dearly miss him.
Services for Bob will be held at Donner Ski Ranch, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007 at 10 a.m. on the second level in the lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite charity in his name or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: http://www.alzfdn.org. Bob’s remains will be laid to rest at the Truckee Community Cemetery in the spring of 2007.
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