James J. Gray Barbara M. (Creighton) Gray

James J. Gray

March 29, 1928 – July 9, 2015

James J. Gray, longtime resident of Hollis, NH, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2015, at Pheasant Wood Center, Peterborough, NH. He was born and raised in Lowell, MA, to the late Patrick and Yvonne Gray.

Barbara M. (Creighton) Gray

December 2, 1931 – August 6, 2015

Barbara M. (Creighton) Gray, longtime resident of Hollis, NH, passed away peacefully, after a long and valiant battle with lung cancer, on Aug. 6, 2015, at Colonial Health and Rehab, Plainfield, CT. She was born in Springfield, NH, to the late Winfred and Beatrice (Wheeler) Creighton.

James and Barbara were married on July 6, 1949, and eventually settled in Hollis, NH, where they made their home for the last 57 years. James owned and operated West Hollis Cut Evergreens, a florist supply company, for more than 30 years. Barbara retired from Bemis Bag Co. in Pepperell, MA, where she was a Supervisor for many years. She was a member of the Bemis 20-Year Club and had worked there for over 25 years. She then helped run the Evergreen business with her husband until he retired.

When they weren’t working they enjoyed many years at Lake Winnipesaukee on their boat and camping at their cabin with family and friends. In their earlier years they loved riding on his motorcycle and snowmobiling.

They were devoted and loving parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle to their extensive family. Members include their daughter and son-in-law, Linda (Gray) and John Walsh of Danielson, CT; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Janice (Riff ) Gray of Hollis, NH; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, including Thomas and Donna Agrella of Pelham, NH.

Other immediate family includes Barbara’s three sisters, Sally (Creighton) and her husband, David Tillman, of Westfield, MA, Sandra (Creighton) Amadon of Gardiner, ME, and Gail (Creighton) and her husband, Willie Sandberg, of Parkman, ME; two sister-in-law, Caroline (Searles) Creighton and Annette (Trempe) Creighton, both of Milford, NH; one brother-in-law, Clyde "Skip" Cilley of Francestown, NH; and their families. James is survived by several nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at the Pine Grove Cemetery, South Main Street, Brookline, NH.

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.