Raymond G. Gress, Jr. (October 28, 1954 - May 14, 2024)

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Raymond G. Gress, Jr.
  • October 28, 1954
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  • May 14, 2024

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Raymond G. Gress Jr., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on May 14, 2024, at the age of 69. Born in Buffalo, NY, on October 28, 1954, Ray led a life marked by service, dedication, and love for his family and community.
Ray served honorably as a Marine and enjoyed a long and fulfilling marriage of 49 years. He retired from the Town of Grand Island after a dedicated 39-year career and worked for Koester Associates for 20 years. Known for his passion for boating, camping, and spending quality time with his family, Ray’s interests brought him joy and strengthened his bonds with loved ones.
A man of deep faith and strong convictions, Ray volunteered with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 20 years, serving as Commodore for the 9th District. His volunteer work extended to Grand Island Meals on Wheels and Niagara Hospice Camp Hope, reflecting his commitment to helping others. A true patriot, Ray was dedicated to his family, gentle with those around him, and loyal to his friends. He was known for his courage and strong moral character.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Chris Gress, and his daughters: Christie (Gary) Lesser and Reneé (Michael) Driskel. He was a proud grandfather to Brent, Raelyn, and Raymond. Ray is also survived by his brother, John (Carla) Gress, and sister, Cindy (Bob) Remmy, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and treasured friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joan and Raymond Gress Sr., and Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.
Ray’s life will be celebrated in a service where his family and friends will gather to honor his memory, his service, and his unwavering commitment to those he loved.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors project.

Ray’s legacy of service, love, and dedication will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be deeply missed, but his spirit will live on in the hearts of those he touched


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  1. Mary Farkas posted an image:
    20 May 2024
    Wonderful memories of our bike trip.  You will be missed by so many.  Rest in Peace, Ray.  <br />
Frank and Mary
    Wonderful memories of our bike trip. You will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace, Ray.
    Frank and Mary

  2. Janis says:
    20 May 2024
    Ray was a wonderful person married to an amazing wife. You will be truly missed! ❤️

  3. Randy Bogdan says:
    20 May 2024
    Rest in peace my good friend. I will always remember the good times that You, Chris and I spent together. Those times will surely be missed.

  4. Donald Resseguie says:
    20 May 2024
    Rest in Peace my friend. You have always been a source of friendship and guidance to me and so many others. So glad we got to spend that time with you this past winter. Until we meet again.

  5. PamelaHunt says:
    19 May 2024
    Say not in grief "he is no more", but live in thankfulness that he was.
    Hebrew proverb
    May God hold you up with strength and bring healing peace to all that loved Ray.

  6. Renee Mohan says:
    19 May 2024
    Chris, my heart breaks for you with this sudden loss of your best friend & soul mate . . . Peace to your heart. . . ❤️

  7. Marcy Craddock says:
    19 May 2024
    Ray will be terribly missed. He was a man who showed such acceptance and love to our family. Our lives were forever changed because of crossing paths so many years ago. You are all loved so much. Praying for you.

  8. rosemary Whitney says:
    19 May 2024
    Chris ,I'm terribly sadded , I was expecting one day when you and Ray retired you would say let's go for that bike ride. it's never expected . I'm so sad. If anything I can do please email me and just say! my heart and prayers go out to Ray ,you and Family.

  9. Mike & Carol lit a candle:
    19 May 2024
    Lit since May 19, 2024 at 5:54:12 PM

  10. Missy Wiley says:
    19 May 2024
    Rest in Peace you wonderful man! I hope you are at peace knowing what a wonderful impact you made on everything and everyone you came in contact with over the years.

  11. Robin VanSlyke says:
    19 May 2024
    A great man will be deeply missed! Fly high my friend!

  12. Vickie Peunic says:
    19 May 2024
    Chris I know this is all very surreal and unbelievable, but you KNOW the you will be together again. May God Be with You and Your Family❤️

  13. Dennis Hutzler says:
    19 May 2024
    Rest In Peace my friend.
    I will miss and remember you every day.

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