Robert C. McCray

>Robert C. Mc­Cray passed away in the early evening of August 9th, 2016, at Lahey Hospi­tal in Burlington, Massa­chusetts, at the age of 90. He was born on Feb. 11, 1926, in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Carlos and Elsie McCray. He and his wife Joyce had been residents of Amherst, New Hampshire for the last 40 years and recently moved to the Huntington in Nashua, New Hampshire. He spent his early years in western Massachusetts where his father owned a Chevrolet dealership in Monson.

Bob lived an exemplary personal life and was a consummate profession­al throughout his busi­ness career. He was loved, respected and admired by all who knew him. His lifelong passion was to pass along his knowledge and insight to young start­ups and make the journey into entrepreneurship ex­citing and gratifying.

His favorite years of education were experi­enced at Monson Acade­my where he graduated in 1947. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Aero­nautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1952. He also received a commis­sion in the U.S. Navy Sup­ply Corps. as an Ensign.

After graduation from RPI, McCray joined Worcester Forged Valve Steel Company as a sales engineer. Partnering with Homer McNut, the two pur­chased Worcester Valve, and in 1956 introduced a "three-piece design" ball valve that would become one the most copied de­signs in the industry.

In 1964 McCray bought out McNut’s share of the business and changed the company name to Worces­ter Controls Corporation. He expanded the company internationally to multiple countries including Brazil, Argentina, Israel, England, France, Germany Belgium and Mexico. Worcester Controls went public in 1972 with a listing on the American Stock Exchange. In 1978 Worcester Controls was purchased by a British Company.

This opportunity opened the window for Bob to be­gin his career as an Angel investor looking to con­nect people with ideas that would help all involved thrive and achieve their fullest potential.

He has been on the Board of Directors of 6 publicly held companies and served on the Executive Commit­tee of both the As­sociated Industries of Massachusetts and the Business and Industries As­sociation of New Hampshire. He was also the chairman of the VMA (Valve Manufactur­ers of America).

He received several pro­fessional awards includ­ing the New Hampshire High Technology Coun­cil’s "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" and their "Lifetime Achievement Award." Bob was the first recipient of the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Econom­ics "Entrepreneurial Ven­ture/Creation Person of the Year Award."

Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Sharon. His family includes his wife of 60 years, Joyce (Berwick); two sons, Rob­ert Jr. and Scott; daughter-in-law, Gina; and his granddaughter, Maria, all of Los Angeles; a nephew, Steven; two great-neph­ews, Mike and Douglas; and a great-niece, Christy. His love and guidance will be missed by all.

There will be no call­ing hours. For those who would like to share in the celebration of Bob’s life, a memorial gathering will be held at the Ferlins’ home on September 10, 2016, between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. The address is 88 Dow Road, Hollis, New Hampshire 03049.

The George D. Morrow and the Henry Wesley and Ruth Benton scholarship funds have been set up at the Wilbraham & Monson Academy in memory of two of his favorite teach­ers. Donations may be made directly to either of these two scholarship funds at the Wilbraham Monson Academy, 423 Main Street, Wilbraham, Massachusetts 01095. Ar­rangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com