To those who knew Ed, my soulmate, the love of my life and the wind under my wings.
Edwin L Gray passed away on December 23, 2019 surrounded by his lovIng family at a hospice near his home in Highland Beach, Florida. He was born on September 8, 1933 in Philadelphia and attended public schools. After being drafted into the United States Navy and serving 2 years, he attended and graduated from The University of Pennsylvania. He continued his education at Temple University where he completed his PhD course work with mathematics as his major.
His passion for math guided him to work as a research analyst in GE's Aerospace Division. Here his true love of mathematical algorithms and equations led him to solving critical methods for accelerating predictor simulators which helped shorten the Desert Storm War. He received an award from the Vice President of GE for his work which was highly regarded by his colleagues as well.
Ed tutored over 100 students free of charge because he felt he could help instill in them an appreciation for math. He referred to mathematics as a form of art and the language of God.
He was also blessed with a mInd that allowed him to remember the names of everyone he met along with whatever details they shared with him. And he had the sense of humor to match!
Ed was president of the Venetian Club for 26 years and also an active member in the social club. He and Eileen had many fond memories of the people and social events there.
As a hobby in in retirement years, he solved many difficult math problems which were published in the SSMA Journal by the Ben Gurion University in Israel and these solutions were submitted world wide.
Ed was a wonderful husband and a loving father to his children. Affectionately known as "Nerd" he is survived by Eileen, his wife of 61 years, his children David and his wife Linda, Victor and his wife Lisa, and his grandchildren Shannon and Lucas, as well as other relatives and lifelong friends who will miss him dearly.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 18 at St. Lucy Catholic Church in Highland Beach.
The family requests expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers be made to Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), 423 Rt. 9 N, Cape May Court House, NJ, 08210.