Mac Gray

July 25, 1959November 20, 2020

Richard McDowell “Mac” Gray, age 61, of Lancaster, OH passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, November 20, 2020. He was born on July 25, 1959 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Margaret “Polly” and Richard T. “Dick” Gray. The Gray family moved to Lancaster in 1964. Mac graduated from Lancaster High School in 1977.

In 1984, Mac’s life changed forever when a motorcycle accident left him a quadriplegic. After more than a year of hospitalizations and rehab, he humbly and courageously embraced his condition. The majority of his adult life was spent striving for the benefit of others as he became an effective advocate for those with physical limitations.

He worked as an independent living specialist for Fairfield Center for Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy in the early 1990s and served on their board of trustees for ten years, including one term as president. In 1995, he became an IT specialist and a data systems analyst for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Office of Medicaid, where he worked until he retired in 2009. During this time, he also volunteered for Fairfield Industries Sheltered Workshop for Adults and for the United Way.

Mac had a prolific public speaking career for more than 25 years. He was first affiliated with the CBA Speakers Bureau and later launched his business, “M.A.C. Speaking (Motivating Attitudes for Change)”. He used these platforms to motivate and inspire central Ohio middle and high school students, civic groups, and churches with his message of “Decisions and Consequences”. He presented his message as part of safety programs for local law enforcement agencies, area medical centers, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. He was the recipient of two Governor’s Traffic Safety Awards for his work. He was also featured in several corporate training videos and local television news segments addressing disability awareness.

Mac was a devout Christian and a long-time member of Fairfield Christian Church. He was a good and faithful servant who loved his God, his family, and his friends most dearly. He was also an ardent Buckeye fan. His extraordinarily positive attitude toward life in the face of tremendously difficult circumstances was an immense inspiration to all who knew him.

Preceded in death by his parents, Mac is survived by his stepchildren, Rachel Frazier (Sean) and Jenny Hurst; step-grandchildren, Anna Snyder (Alex), Ellie Kemp (Austin), Katie Gress (Matthew), Sam Hurst, Emma Hurst, Ben Hurst, and Tommy Hurst; step-great-grandson, Andy Kemp; siblings, Peggy Junker, Davis Gray (Josine), Sally Farnick (Rob), and Nancy Gray; nieces and nephews, Chris Junker, Nick Junker, Michael Junker, Macy Gray, Nique Gray, and Richard J. Gray; and his sponsored child, Hakim Nabende.

There will be no funeral service at this time; however, a celebration of Mac’s life is being planned for 2021. Private Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lancaster, OH at a later date.

The Gray family wishes to thank Chelsea Healthcare, New Beginnings Plus Healthcare Services, and Fairhope Hospice. Donations in memory of Mac Gray may be made to Fairhope Hospice, 282 Sells Rd., Lancaster, OH 43130; or Fairfield Center for Disabilities & Cerebral Palsy, 681 East Sixth Ave., Lancaster, OH 43130.



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Barbara Halter

November 27, 2020

I had the privilege of taking care of Mac for a short time. He was a great man and will be greatly missed

Sally Kelly

November 27, 2020

Mac was a HS classmate and friend, graduating together in 1977. He was always friendly and smiling. He never had an unkind word about anyone or anything. As adults my husband and I would see him at events and talk a bit. My husband knew Mac as well from school. My husband graduating in 1976. We always said how good it was to see him. Mac always had a positive attitude and a smile. This tragedy was such an unfortunate event for such an undeserving person. He however did make the most of his disability. I didn’t get to see him often, but I will miss him, only to see him again one day in heaven. I know Mac is happy now walking, running, visiting with family and living the good life with our father Jesus Christ. ✝️


Hollie Saunders

November 27, 2020

I met Matt when I was a news reporter with the Eagle Gazette. I had the honor of interviewing him several times for different stories. I remember how excited he was to receive his Buckeye van to drive. Despite his disabilities, Mac was always upbeat and positive, encouraging others. He loved his Lord and Savior, and it shine through when he spoke to others. Mac is now healed, whole, and running all over Heaven. May God's peace rest on his family during this difficult time.

Cathy Crawford

November 26, 2020

I only met Mac once but could sense what an amazing individual he was. I knew his wonderful parents and they were the kindest people, so he had good roots. I’m sure it’s been a warm and welcoming reunion in heaven. Prayers for all the family.🙏

Tommy Smith

November 26, 2020

I knew Mac in HighSchool. Last of the Good Guy's He had a 💖 of Gold. . Funny to be around him. Jokester.
Rest in Peace Mac. Your now in Heaven.
Running as fast as You can.

Belinda Howdyshell

November 26, 2020

Very sorry to hear this. He was an inspiration to many. Praying for peace

Linda Senig

November 26, 2020

I will never forget Mac. He was a great and wonderful inspiring man. Fly high with the Lord Jesus Christ. May you Rest in Peace.

Seana Corbeil

November 26, 2020

I have never known a more loving, more inspiring man than Mac Gray.
I met Mac nearly 35 years ago, listening to live music at a nightclub in downtown Columbus. I can only imagine how that music pales in comparison to the heavenly choruses that surely surround him now.
I will see you again my friend, when you come running to greet me!

Mary Beougher Faber

November 26, 2020

Mac was “the boy next door” (only across the street) from age 9 on! We were also the same age and grade in school. Have SO many memories!! He will definitely be missed. Love ❤️ the rest of the family too!

Cecelia Mullin

November 26, 2020

Dear Sally and Nancy
I am so sorry to hear about Mac.
He is now at peace and with God.
Hopefully you can feel God’s loving arms around you at this time.


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