Long-time East Baltimore Dentist, Raymond Gray. (Courtesy Photo)

Raymond Gray, long-time dentist, sportsman and avid Baltimore sports fan, passed away in hospice, Jan. 25, after a lengthy struggle with his health due to strokes.

Gray was born on Aug. 19, 1926, and practiced dentistry for 40 years at Madison Park Medical Center in West Baltimore. Active in promoting the importance of preventative dentistry, he would serve children at local elementary schools in conjunction with efforts by the health department, according to his wife, Sara Gray, who remembers a man who endeared himself to those around him with his sense of humor.

“He would tell jokes to his patients and friends when they came in the office, and they obviously enjoyed it because they would come by often. Just a fun loving guy,” Sara Gray said of her husband.

He was also an avid sports fan, playing golf whenever he had a chance, and holding tickets to the Colts, Ravens and Bullets’ games. Gray also possessed a love of reading.

“He would take us to New York for Thanksgiving or any other time; we’d think we were going shopping and he’d take us to the book stacks downtown, and he would stay in there for hours,” said Sara Gray.

Raymond Gray is survived by his wife, Sara; their two daughters Gina Gray Granger and Julie Gray Manley; and his sister Shirley West.

Services for Dr. Raymond Gray begin with a wake, 5 p.m., Jan. 30 at Wylie Funeral Home, 9200 Liberty Road. The funeral will be held 11 a.m., Jan. 31 at Metropolitan U.M. Church, 1121 W. Lanvale Street, preceded by the family hour at 10 a.m. and the Kappa Alpha Psi burial service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow immediately at Arbutus Memorial Park, 1101 Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus, Md.