Steven Ray Gray, 60, of Mt. Airy, Maryland, passed away from this life on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Frederick Health Hospital in Frederick, MD. He was born on August 8, 1962, in Deepwater, WV. He was the son of the late Raymond J. Gray and Shirley Ann Bragg Gray. He was the husband of the love of his life Tamara who predeceased him in 2014.
Steve was an honest hard working family man. He would travel any distance to take part in family functions or a simple get-together (those were the best). To know him was to truly love him.
He was an avid outdoorsman: fishing, crabbing, duck, and deer hunting were some of his favorite things. He would vacation and spend time with his family and friends on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, where he was in the process of moving to retire from his position of Facilities Manager at Up-to-Date Laundry, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Steve worked with his hands. He made everything from simple little birdhouses to amazing large pieces of custom furniture. There wasn’t a piece of wood that was safe from him. He was most proud of the American Flags he built to be hung with pride outside of anyone’s home. He was simply amazing!
Steve was a proud member of the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt. Airy Chapter. He lived their motto “to conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.”
He enjoyed competition shooting as well as skeet and turkey shoots and was a youth safety coach where he took pride teaching the youth his lifelong skills and expertise regarding firearm safety.
He is survived by his three sisters: Tammy Salmon (Billy) of Huntingtown, Terry Lawson and Kimberly Smith (Jimmy), of Mechanicsville; his best friend, whom he considered a brother, William Harris of Mt. Airy; two nieces, five nephews and three great nephews, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is also survived by his beloved dogs: Honey, Sugar, Brody, Daisy, Goldie, and Buddy. Steve loved his family very much. Steve would bring home any dog in need, no matter what age shape or breed and love them as much as the one before. He was an avid animal lover, in lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to Small Miracles, dog and cat rescue in Ellicott city is a no kill shelter and a nonprofit any animal shelter.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 East Ridgeville, Mt. Airy, MD 21771 where a memorial service will begin at 2:00 PM, Officiated by Minister Jeff Hanlin. Interment will be private.
There will be a celebration of life following the memorial service at the Izaak Walton League located at 6642 Woodville Rd., Mt. Airy, MD 21771