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Peter Thomas Gray

August 20, 1927 - September 18, 2017

Peter Thomas Gray passed away on September 18, 2017, at 12:30 am at the age of 90.

Peter T. Gray is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Barbara Gray, his parents Louis Gray and Blink Gray, his In Laws Jay Earl Stacy and Verda Stacy his Aunt Helen Thomas and his son-in-law Scott Kirkland.

Peter Gray is lovingly remembered by his daughters Cynthia Gray Kirkland, Stephanie Gray Buyaki, and Natalie Gray, son-in-law Brian Buyaki, grandchildren Tiffany Kirkland, Chris Kirkland, Justin Kirkland, Bryson Kirkland, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Peter T. Gray was born in El Paso, Texas August 20, 1927. Peter attended Castle Heights Military Academy 1939 to 1941 and Colorado Military Academy from 1941 to 1945. After High School graduation, he joined the Navy. Through the GI bill Peter attended Saint Mary’s University 1947 – 1948 and Denver University 1948 to 1949, where he belonged to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house and graduated with a Business degree.

 

The summer of 1947 Peter hitch hiked to Fairbanks, Alaska and worked for the Railroad spiking nails. After his grand adventure to Alaska and a summer of hard labor Peter decided to finish college and use his mind to make a living. Peter worked as an Independent Insurance Agent and was a partner in his firm for over 30 years. Peter joined the Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado in 1957 and later served as the President of the IAC.

 Peter and Barbara met at a sorority open house October 1949 and married September 30, 1950. After their marriage, Peter rejoined the Navy and served in active duty for 4 years, his service included deep sea diving and navigating through the Panama Canal. Peter spent 16 years in the Navy reserves and retired as a Lieutenant. After the navy, Peter and Barbara return to Denver to raise 3 daughters.

Sports were always a big part of Peter’s life. Horses occupied Peter in his youth and teens. Riding the range in upper Bear Creek during the war and with the Hotten Totts an all-female riding club. He was the youngest to win a ribbon in the stock show at age 14.

The great outdoors of Colorado captured Peter when he moved to Colorado at the age of 14, this love of the mountains he shared with his daughters for which they will forever be grateful. Peter loved adventure, he rock climbed and taught rock climbing for 15 years in the Boulder area. Peter and his good friend Donald Pearson climbed all the 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, finishing the summer of 1977.  In the Colorado winters Peter was an avid skier beginning when he was in high school, he was a long-time member of the SkiMiesters whom he also biked with in the summers. Peter enjoyed playing golf with his wife, Barbara. Together they played golf in the mountains and on frequent beach vacations. Peter also relished scuba diving again on their ocean vacations.

Peter enjoyed being active and rarely sat still for very long, except for a good movie. He was a gregarious and generous person. He was a gifted story teller with many great stories to tell. He will be missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Denver Rescue Mission, https://www.denverrescuemission.org/ or sent to PO Box 5206, Denver, Co 80217.


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6 Responses

  1. Ann Gamueda says:

    I worked for Walsh, Gray, Moore and Albert, Inc. for 11 and 1/2 years. Pete Gray was a wonderful boss. Please
    accept my condolences to his family.

  2. Jerry Moore says:

    RIP Pete Gray. You were an awesome partner and business advisor to my father, Don Moore. Now you both are gone and it is up to us survivors to carry on their loyalty and commitment to family.

  3. Joe Pells says:

    I served with Pete for many years on the board of the Insurors
    Association. We enjoyed some great years with our wives and kids at summer board meetings, and wonderful memories
    Of our conventions at the Broadmoor in Colo Sprgs.
    Pete was a good friend, and I think of him and Barb with great
    Fondness. My condolences to all.
    Joe Pells

  4. Natalie Gray says:

    Hi Dan, Thank you so much for the kind words. My Dad touched and enriched many lives. He was a wonderful father and we all miss him a lot.

  5. GIL HAUSE says:

    PETE AND I WERE TOGETHER AT OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL IN NEWPORT RHODE ISLAND IN 1952 AS THE ONLY COLORADOANS THERE AT THAT TIME. WE ENJOYED A COUPLE OF “LIBERTIES” TOGETHER . WE MET ONE TIME AS CIVILIANS AT THE BROWN PALACE BAR BY ACCIDENT, REMINSCED A BIT AND PARTED. NEVER SAW EACH OTHER AGAIN BUT I THOUGHT ABOUT HIM AND BARB A LOT. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND.

  6. Daniel M. Haskell says:

    I met Pete @ the Beta house @ DU in about 1966. I was the House Treasurer and he was our financial advisor.

    When I returned from duty in the Navy in 1975, I contacted Pete. He took me with him to do a “warm up” climb of Mt. Evans from Summit Lake, while watching the Carr boys ski the couloir. After that experience, I climbed all 54 14″er’s (completing that endeavor 9/14/2001).

    I skied with Pete @ Winter Park.

    He was a great fellow Navy veteran, fraternity brother and 14’er aficionado.

    Pete made me a better person and will be sorely missed.

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