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Lester Wolseley Gray

Lester Wolseley Gray
Lester Wolseley Gray

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Lester Wolseley "Les" Gray of Malignant Cove, Antigonish County, on February 18, 2019 at Green Meadows Community Residence for Seniors, North Grant, at the age of 92.

Born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, in 1926, he was the youngest son of the late Harry and Ada (Traynor) Gray.

Les was a veteran of WW2 after which he attended UNB, graduating with a degree in Forestry. Les then joined the RCAF, where he earned the rank of Flight Lieutenant and served at bases in Trenton, Borden, and Namao, and was senior officer for the construction of RCAF Station Gypsumville. Les had a great love of Golden Retrievers and while in the Airforce showed them with great success in Field Trials across Canada. In 1967, he joined Parks Canada from which he retired as Operations Manager at Fundy National Park. In retirement Les moved to Malignant Cove with the love of his life, his wife Norma.  There they joined the Highland Society and he also became very involved with the Antigonish Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Arras 59, where he became president.

Les is survived by nieces, Ann Mendivil, Hawaii; Velma Chamberland, Cross Creek, NB; nephews, Richard Clifton, Palm Springs; and John Donahue, Malignant Cove. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Norma Evelyn (Donahue); brother, Franklin sisters, Helen Gray and Doris Clifton; nieces, Beverly Dean and Rachael Lean.

The family would like to extend their warm appreciation and thanks to Lee and her staff at Green Meadows Nursing Home for the wonderful care and compassion given to Les. He truly felt at home there. Lester Gray was a true gentleman and a celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish.  Online condolences: