Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, John W. Gray formerly of Embro in his 88th year. Predeceased by his wife Theresa (nee McGee) (2009) and two children Leonard and Patricia. He will be missed by his children John Gray (Darla), Gerald Gray (Sharon), Cathy Broughton (late Earl), Michael Gray (Susan), Rosemarie Gray, and Sharry VanderHorn (John), many grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. John enlisted in the Canadian Army on May 16, 1942. He trained at Cornwall and Camp Borden before serving overseas as a tank driver with the Elgin Regiment. He was part of a reinforcement unit in Sicily and Italy, with the Three River Regiment. John’s tank was hit on the front line and caught fire, but he and his crew escaped. After Italy, he served in France, Belgium, Holland and England. After the war John reenlisted to train troops for the Korean War. John was a decorated soldier who served his country well. Cremation has taken place. A family memorial service will occur at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations to the Veterans Care Fund at Parkwood Hospital (through St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation) would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, (519) 537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at  The family would like to acknowledge the nurses and staff at Parkwood Hospital for the dedicated care provided to our father.

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