Richard W. Gray

February 13, 1947January 24, 2018

WELLFLEET- Richard “Stretch” Gray of Wellfleet passed peacefully on January 24, 2018 at the age of 70.

Born February 13, 1947, Richard was raised in Adamsville, RI, graduated from Colt Memorial High School, and attended Rhode Island College. He was the son of the late James H. Gray and Lillian Gray, and survived by his devoted wife Mary Fontenarosa. Richard and Mary met in Provincetown and settled there to start a family. Richard leaves behind his loving sons James and wife Allison Gray of Wellfleet, Sean and wife Kathryn Gray of Naples, FL as well as his two grandchildren, James T. Gray and Kennedy Gray.

He also leaves behind his dear sister Carol potter of Edmonds, WA, his nieces, and many friends.

Richard was a lobsterman and tuna fisherman for over 20 years. He played a pivotal role in helping to discover the pirate ship Whydah off the shores of Wellfleet in 1984. His passion in life was anything related to the sea.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fishing Partnership.

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Mike Kacergis

February 2, 2018

He was a kind and caring individual as well as a first rate hand at the helm. I was a pleasure to have known him and worked with him.

Kaitte and Jared Ziemba

January 31, 2018

Condolences to Mary, James and Sean. We are thinking of you guys!

Laura Saffioti

January 30, 2018

My heart and prayers go to Mary, Sean, and James. Stretch will be missed in our neighborhood. He was always kind to us. As a kid, between his diving for pirate treasure and his height, he was always magical and special to me, and always will be. I'm sorry I'm not in Wellfleet now to pay my respects. Love to you all.

Walter and Christine Pilz

January 30, 2018

Katie we r so sorry to hear about your father in law. Walter wishes he could have seen him. So sorry to your husband and family.

James Hopkins

January 30, 2018

More than a man, a true friend! God bless you and those you leave behind.

James Hopkins

January 30, 2018

A very close and dear friend to me and my family you shall be missed. A big man with a big heart! Rest in peace my friend.

January 27, 2018

Carol, it was with great sadness that I learned of your brothers passing. I Remember the lobsters after the 4th of July parade around your mom

Barry Clifford

January 26, 2018

May you rest in peace my dear, brave and Loyal friend. God knows, we would have never discovered the Whydah without your dedication, guidance and courage. Yours with great respect, Barry

James Gray

January 25, 2018

I hope you find calm seas and fair winds. love you, your son James


January 25, 2018

Rest in eternal peace, Richard.
With love,
Your Sister