He was a 1979 graduate of Belleville High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in 1985 and later his master’s in Career/Technical education from Western Michigan. He worked many years in the restaurant business: opening crews at Bennigan’s, was part owner of Bogies Cafe, and opening with Trippers in the late ‘80s, where he made many friends and memories. He was also deli director of Feldpausch food stores for 3 years. He found his true calling in 2004 and started teaching culinary arts for Heartlands Institute of Technology. He loved his students, mentoring many in life and not just cooking, so proud that many went on to culinary careers.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandra (Sawyers); his “angel from heaven,” Stephanie Jane; his mother, Phyllis; brother, Mark (Lexie); nieces and nephews; his best friend and golf buddy, Greg Newsom; and many friends and students. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Gray, last August.
A celebration luncheon will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at his “happy place” Grand Ledge Country Club, 5811 St. Joe Hwy. Donations for a culinary scholarship for Heartlands Institute of Technology can be made c/o Sandra Gray, P.O. Box 480, DeWitt, MI 48820.