Bill Gray was Born in Portland, OR at Good Samaritan Hospital to William and Betty Gray on August 27th, 1954. He was the second oldest of six siblings: Sherry, Cathy, Richard, Anita, and Steven.
A young school boy at St. Francis School, he hustled on his bicycle to sell as many newspaper subscriptions as he could for the Oregonian, winning multiple trips to Disneyland. Starting a lifelong love of the Happiest Place on Earth, a destination he loved sharing with his children. He was always a kid at heart.
As a student at Benson Polytechnic High School, he was a mischievous young man with a love for his motorcycle, playing video games at the Avalon, and his HS sweetheart Ana Gonzalez. After graduating, Bill joined the AirForce and was shipped to Utah. The following summer he returned to marry Ana. Together, they embarked on a newlywed adventure to Utah and then to Germany. After several years living in Germany and backpacking across Europe, they returned to Portland to start a family.
They welcomed a daughter Adriana Gonzalez-Gray in 1979, and a second daughter MariaElena Gonzalez-Gray was born in 1983. Bill joined the Police Academy at Western in Monmouth, OR; graduating in 1981.
He then started a lifelong career in law enforcement; spending 26 years with the Portland Police Department as an undercover Detective and Sergeant, followed by another 10 years with the Oregon Department of Justice as a Special Agent. Nearing age 40 he went back to school at Portland State University to earn his bachelors degree.
Divorced, Bill continued living in Portland, spending time with his loved ones, working, and soaking up all the weather offered by the Oregon Coast. His pastimes included golf, fishing, amateur magic tricks, practical jokes, and long motorcycle trips to Sturgis, SD and across Europe.
After a 5 year battle with Melanoma, Bill passed peacefully into the night on September 13th, holding the hands of his children. He’ll be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him, those who called him father, those who called him brother, those who called him friend, and those who called him partner.
Reception to be held Thursday after the ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery at his house. All family and close friends are welcome to join and celebrate Bill’s life.
There will also be a Police Memorial Service in remembrance of Bill on Friday October 5th at 1:00 pm at New Hope Community Church. This will be a larger service open to everyone. All are welcome to attend and share his memory.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sunshine Division.
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 02:30 pm
End Time: 03:00 pm
There will be a Service at Willamette National Cemetery at 2:30 PM on Thursday, October 4, 2018. There will also be a Police Memorial Service in remembrance of Bill on Friday October 5th at 1:00 pm at New Hope Community Church. This will be a larger service open to everyone. All are welcome to attend and share his memory.
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