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Joseph William Bray

March 19, 1936 May 5, 2021
Joseph William Bray
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Obituary for Joseph William Bray

Joseph William Bray was born March 19, 1936 in Detroit Michigan. He passed away May 5, 2021 at the age of 85.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Helen Bray and his siblings Leonard Bray, Dorothy Bray Borton and Delores Bray. Joseph is survived by his wife Geraldine Shields Bray, 5 children, Gerald Bray Sr, Catherine Bray, Jane (Gregory)Strohs, Karen (Richard) Cronkhite, and Suzanne Bray. 9 grandchildren, Bryan Chronkhite, Steven (Julie) Cronkhite, Kevin Cronkhite, Casey Cronkhite, Gerald Bray jr., Joseph (Analisa) Bray, Jamie Bray, Kendall Strohs and Lauren Strohs. He is also survived by former daughter in law Joy Rapley and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Joseph graduated from Chadsey High School. He started working at Sherwin Williams right out of high school. He started as a driver working his way to salesman and eventually to Branch Manager. He worked there for 30 years before leaving to open his own business. In 1980 he opened Model Auto Paint Supply in Livonia, Michigan. He eventually opened 2 additional locations and ran a successful business until selling the company and retiring in 2003.
Joseph and his family have lived in Milford, Michigan since 1972. He belonged to St. Mary’s Church. He loved his home and was especially proud of his annual Christmas light display. His annual display was well known and loved by the neighborhood. He took great pride in his lights and worked many days and nights to get them just right. His biggest devotion, however, was to his family. His main purpose in life was to make sure everyone was taken care of.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford, MI 48381 on Saturday, May 22, 2021 beginning at 11:00AM. For further information, please contact Lynch and Sons at 248-684-6645.

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Saturday

22

May

11:00 AM 5/22/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States
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