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Robert H. Bray Sr.


Robert H. Bray Sr., at the age of 86, passed away peacefully at home in Conway, N.H., on August 1, 2018.

He was born on a small island off the coast of Maine named Stonington, a very small lobstering village. He spent his childhood fishing and lobstering with his father while his mother worked at the local fish factory.

He left the island to move to Connecticut with his cousin to work at a factory, and where he met his love of his life, Barbara. They met at the end of May, were engaged in June, and married July 26, 1952, a love that lasted their lifetime.

Bob was called into the Korean War and worked in the motor pool and took Officer Training.

He was quite proud of his service in the 944rd Antiaircraft Artillery and wore his Veteran hat proudly.

After his military service they returned to Barbara’s home town Conway, N.H., and worked in the peg mill. Soon after he started working at Eastern Slope Auto Body which he eventually purchased from Walter Mills who treated him like family. In 1958 they built their home in Conway on land given to them by Barbara’s grandfather. They lived together in that home and raised four children until they both passed in 2018.

Bob loved his antique cars, going to many car shows with his wife, winning a room full of trophies. During his retirement he restored multiple cars and sharpened saws for the local carpenters and loved his wood shop and his gardening. His second love was his 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner that they bought as their first new car and owned and cherished it.

Bob and Barbara loved to travel and camp and went to multiple islands in the Caribbean with Barbara’s sister Arlene and husband Russell Nason. Their love of humor and laughter made for many happy memories for all the family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter Rose Bray and husband Clay Freeman of Madison, N.H.; daughter Joyce Bartlett of N. Conway, N.H.; daughter Darlene Deschambeault of Groton, Mass., and son Robert H. Bray Jr. and wife Michelle of Madison, N.H.; and his dog Kirby; eight grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother James Bray of Stonington, Maine; brother Lawrence Bray Jr. (Junior) and wife Joyce of Stonington, Maine; sister Mary Lee of Bangor, Maine, sister Annie Cassidy of St Albans, Maine, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara J. Bray, his love of his life for 66 years.

Also predeceased by his parents Lawrence Bray Sr. and Carrie Rose Joyce; sister Lenora Burton; and sister Laura Joyce.

Arrangements are made with Furber and White Funeral Home in N. Conway, N.H.

Visiting hours will be on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Furber Funeral Home in North Conway. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, August 12, at 2 p.m. at the Conway Village Cemetery, Washington St., Conway, N.H.