Grant Gray

October 4, 1930June 12, 2018
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Grant Allen Gray, 87, of Boiling Spring Lakes passed away Tuesday June 12, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Gray was born October 4, 1930 in Melrose, Massachusetts, son of the late Ralph A. and Ella Longmire Gray. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and retired from the Boston Celtics as a security officer. Mr. Gray also served with the special police in the Boston Garden. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Boiling Spring Lakes.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary Godwin Gray of Boiling Spring Lakes; four sons, Douglas Gray and wife Valerie of Richmond, Virginia, Robert Gray and wife Leslie, Ronald Gray, and Randall Gray, all of Southport; eight grandchildren, Jason Gray (Meagan) of Winterville, North Carolina, Jessica Greenlaw (Justin) of Bolivia, Misty Gray (Thompson) of Charlestown, Massachusetts, Amanda Gray (Matt) of Nashua, New Hampshire, Tasha Gray and Grant Gray of Billerica, Massachusetts, Alec Gray (Grace) of Kansas, and Ellis Gray of Florida; five great grandchildren, Noah Gray, Asher Gray, Hannah Gray, Dustin Greenlaw, and Cameron Gray.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:00am at First Baptist Church of Boiling Spring Lakes with Pastor John Roy officiating. Interment will follow in Cape Fear Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Friday evening at the funeral home from 5-7 pm.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.


  • Visitation Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Gwen & Austin Bond

June 18, 2018

Sincere Condolences to all of Grants Family and his departure will be sorely missed by his Canadian relatives as well. We did not see him that much due to distance but monthly phone calls kept us in touch. He was a great story teller and always had a funny story up his sleeve. Cherished memories of the rowboat and fires at Sandy Bottom all in our memory banks never to be forgotten. Grant and Mary made a wonderful couple warm gracious and welcoming.Many good times

Robert Canzanello

June 17, 2018


I was so sorry to hear about your father. He was one of the most generous and gentle persons I ever met that could break anyone in half if they deserved it! I happened to stop over there one time just before xmas many years ago and I told him I had spent all morning running around trying to buy something that was signed by Ray Borque for my nephew who was a big hockey player. He went to the closet and he pulled out a box that was full of pucks, shirts, etc. that were all signed or worn by Ray Bourque and many other players. He was mad that I did not think to talk to him first! Also, I had my first son with me and he was distracted playing with a basketball just laying around that was signed by everyone on the world championship team! I never forgot the visit and have shared the story many times.

I am still around Melrose so ever hesitate to call me or stop by if in the area.

Robert Canzanello

Mark Hunter

June 15, 2018

So very sorry for the loss of Grant. He was a great man. Have everlasting memories of Grant, and the Gray family.While growing up in Melrose. Mr. Gray was always there for us , and with his work at the garden was somewhat of a legend. He always had a story for us. Mr. Gray and the Gray family played a big part in,and touched many lives. My thoughts, and prayers go out to you all.

Jackie MacMullan

June 15, 2018

This is Jackie MacMullan from ESPN wanting to express my condolences to Grant's family. He was a wonderful man who brightened my evening every time I showed up to cover a Celtics game. He was beloved by the players, the coaches, the journalists - even the fans! He was missed in Boston long before his passing....much love to wife Mary and his children and grandchildren.

Mark Pare

June 14, 2018

Please accept my condolences on Grant’s passing, it was my good fortune to have known this fine man.
What was unique about the old Boston Garden, in order to get to and from the ice surface from the officials room, we had to walk through the concourse, and two things were always assured;
Grant and his able sidekick Joe always had our backs, and after a tough slog on the ice, there were always some chilled “adult” beverages waiting for us in the sink of the officials room!
Wishing you peace during this difficult time.
Mark Pare
NHL Linesman 1979-2010

Ron Asselstine

June 13, 2018

Dear Mrs. Gray, Family, and Friends: I am so deeply saddened and sorry at the passing of your beloved husband, father, and friend, Grant. I had the district pleasure of knowing Grant for many years when I officiated the Boston Bruins in the NHL until I retired in 1997. Grant was always so kind, respectful, and generous to all of us in his care. He was the best!! I will never forget the times we spent with him. My wife, Wendy, and I send our most sincere condolences to all of those who were fortunate enough to know Grant, and to be loved by him, and to return his love in kind. God love him, and keep him close. Most sincerely, Ron Asselstine.

Leon Stickle

June 13, 2018

I would just like to say that the world has lost a true gentleman. In my many trips to the Boston Garden as an on-ice official, it was always a certainty that Grant would be there to greet you with a firm handshake and a big smile! Please accept my sincere condolences and thank you for sharing such a class individual with us. RIP my friend.

Mike noeth

June 13, 2018

I refereed in the NHL back in the late 70s and through the 80s. Grant ensured the security of the officials in the old Boston Garden back in the day, and more importantly went out of his way to ensure the comfort of our family members who accompanied us to games. My sincere condolences to Grant's Family.

Mike Noeth

Jim Borden

June 13, 2018

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Mary and the Gray family! What a terrific gentleman I had the pleasure of working with for a number of years! I stopped by to visit Mary and Grant over the past Summers on my trips down South! Grant was always appreciative of the Boston Fire T-shirts I dropped off for him and Mary loved the Yankee Candles for her! They truly are a remarkable couple, we had the opportunity to have a nice lunch on one occasion. If I couldn't make my trip I always made it a point to call Grant and wish him a Happy Birthday, it was easy to remember, my birthday is on the same day!!! Miss ya buddy, I'll always remember you as a great friend and person!

Brian & Lisa Murphy

June 13, 2018

I'm an NHL Linesmen and knew Grant well from the days at the old Boston Garden. Grant was a true friend to all the NHL officials. He cared about us as officials but more importantly, he cared about all of us as friends. He would treat the rookies the same as a veteran, always first class. He always called me from North Carolina, asking how all the "old timers" were doing. Grant and his sidekick Joe were true Garden Legends. May fond memories ease the pain of your loss. Brian Murphy