David Earl Wray left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior on November 2, 2013. He was a very creative artist and teacher who loved working with his hands especially with wood and metal. He was born on November 13, 1926, in Northfield NJ, to the late James Victor and Evelyn Wray, and attended Pleasantville High School until he was called to War and fought in WWII in 1944. He was a Sailor in the Navy and held a rank of Seamen first class, and was awarded medals for his service in the pacific theater and Marshal Islands. After his military service he returned to high school and graduated in 1947.
David attended Trenton State College and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree and continued on for his Master of Fine Arts from Temple University, Tyler School of Arts. David was a High School industrial arts teacher in Pleasantville, Ocean City and Linwood New Jersey, and a fine Arts teacher in Delaware. David loved to play golf with his family and friends and “putter” in his garage and make amazing things out of wood.
David’s father Victor Wray owned J. Victor Wray and Son’s real-estate office in Pleasantville, where he sold real-estate and insurance with his brother James and his sister Virginia.
David was the first president of The New Jersey State Junior Chamber of Commerce more commonly known as the NJ Jaycees and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro, Delaware.
David married the late Lorraine Mary Kickasola PhD, in 1958. They shared 42 loving years of marriage, and lived in Northfield, NJ. They had four children; Linda Lorraine Wray, Misty Lee Wray, MD, David Louis Wray, and Michael Louis Wray PhD. David’s children presented him with grandchildren; Timothy Warren Schulz, Jamie Lynn Schulz, Anne Marie Brooke Wyrough, Paul Christian Wyrough, Ashley Elizabeth Wray and Katherine Virginia Wray. David’s grandson “Timmy” presented him with a great granddaughter Sophia Lorraine Schulz, and a great grandson that will arrive this April.
Friends are invited to David’s Life Celebration on Sunday, November 10, from 2pm until a funeral service begins at 3pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 10am at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way Millsboro, DE 19966.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 199 Water Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038 or online at alzinfo.org. An online guest book is available at www.kalasfuneralhomes.com.