Wade Windom Gramley

September 23, 1962October 19, 2012

Wade Windom Gramley, 50, passed into heaven October 19, 2012, in Raleigh, NC. He was born on September 23, 1962, son of the late William Bruce Gramley and Dorothy Lehtinen Gramley Morris and step-father, Russell Morris.

Wade graduated in 1980, from Edgewood High School in Ashtabula, Ohio. He received his Associates Degree from Triangle Tech, and a second degree in HVAC from the University of Georgia. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He was “a northerner with a southern soul” who had a love of BBQ, sausage gravy, the “Crow’s Nest” and college football, especially Penn State University. He was a passionate person, especially in respect to music, trying to attend as many concerts as possible, including 21 in the last year. His long career in the HVAC began with the encouragement and direction of his step-father and working in his business. Wade enjoyed working for Johnson Controls, York International, Trane and most recently, McQuay.

Wade was very generous and service oriented, he exemplified the motto –“Love what you do and do what you love”! He loved to serve others and was always that person behind the scenes who did not seek the limelight. Above all he was a passionate family man. He was the most awesome husband, father, brother and friend and was adored by so many people.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Roxanna Gramley, his son and “buddy”, Tyler Gramley, both of Raleigh. His sisters, Julie Glotzbecker and husband (My Brother), Tim of Ashtabula, Ohio; Kathy Lines and husband, Howard of Kingsville, Ohio; his brother, Scott Gramley and wife Gayle; brother-in-law, Jim Wofford and wife Ann of Raleigh; sister-in-law, Janet Whitley and husband Eddie (Got your back) of Charlotte, NC; along with Godparents, Jim and Nettie Weidig of Ashtabula, Ohio; including many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will also be deeply missed by longtime friends from childhood and concert goers, Don Fenton of Jacksonville, FL and Bruce Robishaw of Cuyahoga Falls, OH as well as many friends he has met throughout his lifetime and who were impacted by his generous heart. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Bruce and Todd Gramley.

Come celebrate Wade’s life in a casual way, on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 2:30 P.M. at his home, 9102 Wellsley Way, Raleigh, NC. Services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Ashtabula, Ohio, at a date soon to be determined. Inurnment will follow at the church columbarium.

In lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to the Lions Club of Ashtabula, OH or to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ashtabula in Wade’s memory. The family would like to express their appreciation to the ICU Staff of Raleigh Duke Hospital for their care and compassion.

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  • A Celebration of Wade's Life Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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July 3, 2013

Dear Rox, I just reconnected with Cheryl very briefly on FB and learned of Wade's passing. I never met him but saw how hapy he made you in the wedding pictures I saw years back. I was recently widowed as well 3/25/11. I am on this journey with you, friend as is my now 18 year old son. Your ASU friend, Debbie "George" Stradley Peterson

Mark Williams

November 13, 2012

I am so saddened to hear of Wade's loss - for Rox and his Son, at work, he always spoke of you warmly, proudly, and with love. I worked with Wade at Trane and kept in touch afterwards. His love of people and the business will be truly missed. He has enriched my life and I will left many that he touched better than had he not. He will be greatly missed. My Condolences to his family

Jim Bierkamp

October 31, 2012

I'm so saddened to hear of Wade's death. I worked with him during his Trane career, and Wade was great at what he did, he was fun to be around, and operated with the highest integrity.

My condolences to the family.

Trisha Houser

October 26, 2012

I am so sorry to hear this sad news about a fellow music lover. Deepest sympathies to Roxanna and the rest of the family.

Zelda Lawrence

October 26, 2012

My prayers go out to the Gramely family. I've known and worked with Wade for over 24 years both at York and Trane. He was a great friend and Co-Worker. He will be missed by many!

Scott Gurkin

October 25, 2012

While I only knew Wade for a brief period, I truly appreciated his can-do spirit and open dialogue during our conversations. This turn of events saddens me greatly. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Burney Minard

October 24, 2012

Although I never had the chance to meet Wade personally, I did have the pleasure of having phone conversations with him while I was working on a job in his district. He was very agreeable and open to suggestions for remedying what could have turned out to be a bad situation for the company. In talking to some of the other technicians in the Raleigh area, there is no doubt in my mind that he was a great person to work for and I am sure he will be greatly missed.

Jerry McFarlane

October 24, 2012

My condolences to the family and friends. Wade was a great guy to be around and I always enjoyed his comradery as well as his professionalism. He will be missed.

Shirley Geraghty, Order Management, Daikin McQuay Intl

October 24, 2012

I was so saddened when I heard the news of Wade's passing. He was such a joy to work with! He would Always let you know how much he appreciated all your help. Once again, makes one think, to Hug your Loved ones every day & tell them how much you Love them.
My Sympathys are with all of Wades Family & Friends.

Mike Price

October 23, 2012


Alex just told me of Wade's passing. I'm am so sorry for your loss. I just wanted to tell you how much I liked and enjoyed knowing Wade. I'll always remember our trip to see Todd Rundgren together. Wade was a very special man. I regret that I was not able to associate with you guys the past few years. I always wanted to see some more shows with Wade. We shared a deep passion for music. My thoughts are with you, Tyler and the rest of your family. The world lost one of the good guys. Stay strong. Take care.