David Gray

David Gray

Monday, January 18th, 1937 - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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In loving memory of David Martin Gray, born January 18, 1937 in Balmullo, Fife, Scotland who departed unexpectedly on August 4, 2020 at Milton District Hospital, Milton, Ontario, Canada.

David is survived by his loving wife, Avril Hanson, of Milton; together they spent many an hour dancing, laughing and gardening. He will be dreadfully missed by his children Jennifer Leonard and partner Garth, of Sutton, and Martyn Gray and wife Joyce of Courtice, and his stepchildren Stephen Hanson and wife Gillian, of Montreal, and Sonia Bilton and husband Duane, of Milton.

David’s adoring grandchildren will forever miss his willingness to play and laugh and those amazing bear hugs: Sarah Hanson-Reginiano and husband Tal, Rachel Hanson and husband Kevin, Megan Hanson-Sapla and husband Ivan, James Hanson and partner Rebecca, Holly Bilton and husband Mike, Katie Bilton and husband Mark, Kyle Bilton and partner Percious, Andrew Leonard and wife Ashley, Scott Leonard and partner Emily, Kelsey Leonard and partner Matt, and Blair Gray and partner Stacey. David also leaves behind ten great-grandchildren who made his eyes sparkle: John; Lochlan; RJ; Carter; Luca; Olivia; Kennedy; Olivia; Oaklyn, and Penny.

David’s sister in-law, Valerie Wood, of England, will miss their frequent discussions and singing Scottish ditties; oh the laughs they had about “Let the wind blow high, let the wind blow low…”

David was a true gentleman who had an infectious smile and loved nothing better than a good chat and a wee dram. He was actively involved with St. David’s Presbyterian Church in Campbellville, and took his golf game seriously (this was a man who played at St. Andrews), as any good Scotsman should – this applied to mini-putt too! David was a true Leafs fan and cheered along with every Raptors shot. All who knew him will miss him greatly.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home 114 Main St. E. Milton 905-878-4452 on Monday, August 10, 2020 from 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm. A private funeral service will take place at St. David's Presbyterian Church in Campbellville.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Milton District Hospital Foundation or St. David's Presbyterian Church would be appreciated.

Until we meet again, David, may you rest in peace held gently in the lord’s loving hand…

Miss Me, But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
When the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free
Miss me a little, but not too long
Remember the love we once shared
Miss me, but let me go
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone
It’s all part of the masters plan
A step on the road home
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we knew
Busy your sorrow in doing good deed
Miss me, but let me go

St. David's PC Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Funeral for David Gray
Time: Aug 11, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Face Masks or Face Shields are mandatory for attending the visitation
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Face Masks or Face Shields are mandatory for attending the visitation
  • Service

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
    St. David's Presbyterian Church
    132 Main St. N.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A Private Funeral Service is taking place


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Jamie Willson

Posted at 11:49am
The angels looked down from heaven one night.
They searched for miles afar,
And deep within the distance
They could see a shining star.

They knew that very instant
That the star was theirs to gain,
So they took you up to heaven,
Forever to remain.

Look down on us from heaven.
Keep us free from hurt and pain.
You'll always be within my heart
Until we meet again.

Sarah Hanson Riginiano

Posted at 02:26pm
From the first time I got to know you as a little girl I knew you were a special man and belonged in our family. Afterall, you selflessly sacrificed yourself to be my chaperone on the Zipper that fateful day at the CNE - all to bring me a moment of happiness and to make a good impression on your first date with my Nanny! Even though it meant you would hug a trash can outside the stables for the rest of the day.
Twenty years later, you have made such a memorable and loving impression on so many of our hearts! You loved our Nanny, your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren more than anything and created so many wonderful memories with each one of us ❤️
You fought and won so many battles to have a few more precious years with your family! While it is hard to say goodbye, I know it is only for now and I am so immeasurably happy to have had you in our lives for so long! Already missing your big bear hugs and of course the sloppy kisses. You were my partner in crime at all the markets and fairs, raiding every food sample stand around. My strong shoulders to climb on, when I was already to big for that (honestly so strong). You brought all of the class to our trio, especially with Nanny and I goofing around all these years. And even though you don't like broccoli, you still ate my broccoli cheddar soup and went for seconds just so I wouldn't be let down. We could always count on you to calm the waters of any heated debate and warm all our hearts with your friendly smile. Without fail, you never let me down. I will do my very best to live up to your expectations and be there for Nanny. Promise we will get up to all sorts of shinnanigans and know you are watching from above continuing to add class to our trio.
I love you forever David, my grandpa ❤️💙💚💛💜🧡

Jennifer Leonard

Posted at 09:28pm
There’s a special kind of feeling
When I think about my dad

It’s a pleasure to remember
All the happy times we’ve had

There’s a special kind of caring
That is meant for you alone

There’s a place somewhere within my heart
That only you can own

Dear Dad
I will miss you so much

Jennifer ❤️

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Posted at 07:38pm
In loving memory of our Father and Grandfather. Love Martyn, Joyce, Blair and Stacey.
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Sonia Bilton

Posted at 04:04pm
How I'm going to miss you. I was just in my teens when you first started dating mom. It seemed so easy and natural to accept you as one of the family so when you made it official I couldn't have been happier.
There are so many wonderful memories of much laughter, dancing and sharing family time.
You always greeted me with the biggest smile and even bigger hugs.
It was an honour and a privilege to have you in our lives and we will miss you so very much.
Thank you for all the memories but most of all thank you for loving mom as much as you did.
Watch over us all, until we meet again❤

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