Henry C. Bray, Jr. Obituary

Henry C. Bray, Jr.
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April 3, 1929 – August 23, 2010

Stonington - Henry C. Bray, Jr., 81, died Monday, August 23, 2010 at his home in Stonington while drinking coffee, watching his birds, and waiting for the day. He was born April 3, 1929 in Stonington, the son of Henry C. and Ruth V. (Sellers) Bray. Henry was a stone cutter on Crotch Island for many years, and then for various other quarries in and around Stonington for a career that totaled over 33 years. The Deer Isle Granite he cut was used in many projects around the world, but the projects he was most proud of included the Kennedy Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, the Maine State Seal in Augusta, and the block on which the Army Jeep sits at the World War II Memorial at the Cole Family Land Transportation Museum in Bangor. He was a member of the Joshua Davis Lodge #145, I.O.O.F in Stonington for many years. Henry enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. Most of all, he will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who loved his family dearly. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Letha F. (Nevells) Bray of Stonington; six children, Darlene Hardy and her husband Neville of Deer Isle, Rachel Place and her husband Bud of Bangor, James Bray and his wife Barbara of Deer Isle, Timothy Bray and his wife Nancy of Stonington, Dexter Bray and his fiancé Joyce Wood of Deer Isle, and Mary Gatchell and her husband Steve of Stonington; a daughter in law, Donna Bray of Brewer; twenty one grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Henry was predeceased by three children, Jeannie Bray, Henry E. Bray, and Charlene Jones. Graveside services will be held 2 P.M. Sunday, August 29 at the Bray Family Cemetery in Mountainville with elder A. Dowe Eaton officiating. Gifts in memory of Henry may be sent to the family, C/O Letha Bray, 19 Larrabee Road, Stonington, ME 04681. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home.

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