Donald R. Gray, 71, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 33 wonderful years to Nancy Knapp Gray. Donald was born in New Haven on June 16, 1947 and was the son of the late George and Elizabeth Steineke Gray. He had worked as a police officer for the town of Hamden for 32 years retiring as a Captain in 2000. Don loved spending time with family, friends and his dogs Bailey and Champie. He spent many summers in New Hampshire on Pine River Pond at Loon’s Loft, his home away from home. He loved boating, being outdoors and was known for his sharp wit, infectious smile, his love of delivering candy to cancer patients and making the nurses smile. Don was also a member of the Hamden Elks Lodge # 2224. Father of Janna (Allen) Summerall-Smith, Katie (Ken) Roundtree and Bill (Tonya) Gray. Also survived by 5 grandchildren, many brothers and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a brother George Gray and a sister Elizabeth Reynolds.
His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Monday morning at 10:30. Funeral Services will be conducted in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3 Trumbull Place, North Haven at 11:00. Interment will follow All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Sunday from 3 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.