Nick Gray: Gone So Long But Not Forgotten on His Birthday
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Today would have been Nick Gray’s 52nd birthday. In remembrance, his mother, Shirley Gray, sent in the pictures of him she has tucked in her heart. She asks that you share your memories, too.
5/5/64 – 7/13/95
Cinco de Mayo is Nick Gray’s birthday. He would have been 52 this year. It’s hard to believe it has been almost 21 years since he died.
Nick was raised by the SoHum village, known from Briceland to Salmon Creek, Whitethorn to the Country Tavern. Seely Creek swimming hole was his childhood playground.
“If you keep smoking you’ll always be a skinny little guy,” we told him, smoking. But he surprised us all by becoming a big strong handsome man. He was full of surprises.
He loved his work as a seasonal firefighter. He loved his work as a bartender until his demons grew out of control. He loved Sarah and his family and his southern Humboldt community. He had a lot of friends.
He was always smart and funny but later, as a man he became more kind and helpful, though his fire helmet has “Grumpy” printed on it. He could be infuriating, but mostly we forgave him. He was so lovable.
Lost to us in that last ride off Alderpoint Road, high as a kite, the setting sun in his eyes, he is still dearly loved and sorely missed.
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