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Obituary: Victor E. Gray

Victor E. Gray, 77, of Gettysburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at home. He was the loving husband of Sandra L. Gray; together they shared 41 wonderful years together.  

Born Tuesday, August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, NY, he was a son of the late Dr. Arthur A. and Ida Gray.  

Victor was born and raised in the Bronx until he graduated from aviation high school where his passion for flying was ignited. Upon graduation he promptly joined the United States Air Force to fulfill his dream of learning to fly. From there he attended flight school in Reno Nevada where he obtained his commercial pilots license in 1967. His journey “landed” him a position at the oldest helicopter company in the United States (Ag-Rotors Inc.) There he instructed and supervised pilots and mentored generations to follow. He was a major contributor to the control of forest fire suppression efforts on the East and West Coasts. He was an accomplished International pilot flying in South America as well as in the United States. In 2000 Victor led a team of agricultural pilots to be awarded the industry wide “Igor I. Sikorsky Award” for humanitarian service while spraying for the West Nile Virus outbreak in New York City. During that time, he attended daily briefings in the Twin Towers with, the then, Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani. He was instrumental in spraying the Susquehanna River for black fly control since its inception. He started his career giving tours over the battlefields of Gettysburg finished out his lifetime career as Director of Operations. 

In 1978 he met and later married his beloved wife Sandra Gray. They resided in Gettysburg where they raised three children who admire and love him deeply. In retirement you would often find Vic wearing Hawaiian shirts or J.E.T.S. jerseys He enjoyed spending his time travelling with Sandy, visiting his family in New York, gardening, and barbecuing. He loved sports especially football and would proudly proclaim to be the New York J.E.T.S. biggest fan. He was an amazing man who lived an amazing life and was loved by all who knew him. 

In addition to his wife, Victor is survived by three children, Christian Hays of Gettysburg, Gretchen Hays of Gettysburg, Grayson Hays of Quakertown; a sister, Pamila Gray of New York, NY; two nieces, Nichole Gray, Heather Gray; a cousin Glen Lawson; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren and many loving extended family members and cherished friends. 

This obituary was originally published here.

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