GUILDERLAND – Jon N. Gray, 68, of Guilderland, died suddenly Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville while vacationing with his family on Great Sacandaga Lake. Jon was born in South Portland, ME, and lived in the Capital District since the early 1970’s. He served in the Air Force in Germany from 1959 – 1963 and was a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill. He served as director of food service for the Sterling Winthrop Research Institute in Rensselaer for many years. He was an owner of the Floral Designs shop in Colonie, and worked for many years in food service management at Alterra, Atria and the Eddy. Following his retirement, he eagerly explored new adventures, joining H&R Block in 2002, rapidly advancing to Senior Tax Advisor. His warmth and generosity earned him literally hundreds of loyal clients.
Jon was a loving husband and incredible father. He thoroughly and completely devoted himself to his family. He spent many wonderful days on his motorboat teaching his daughter to water-ski and wake board. Jon brought great joy entertaining his family and friends with his culinary skills. He loved golf and was an ardent Yankees fan.
Jon is survived by his beloved wife Carol Bianco Gray, and his cherished children Lainie and Bobbie. Other survivors include brothers David Gray of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bruce Hanken (Carol) of Maine; his sisters Betsey Keyes of Texas and Linda Stultz (Al) of Maine. He is also survived by his much loved father-in-law Donald Bianco (Sharon) of Florida, and brothers-in-law John Bianco (Mercedes) of Florida; Don and Chris Bianco of California; along with nine nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 10:00 a.m., and from there to Christ the King Church, Sumter Ave., Guilderland at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 p.m. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather at 4:30 pm Sunday in the funeral home for a service of prayer and remembrance. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Disability Services Foundation, 314 So. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208; Church of Christ the King, 20 Sumter Ave., Albany, NY 12203; or the Food Pantries for the Capital District, 32 Essex Street, Albany, NY 12206. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .