Obituary of Wesley Gray
GRAY, Griffin Wesley Grant “Wes”
Wesley Gray of Thorold, Ontario passed away on May 3, 2022 at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton after a long hard fought battle with HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis). Survived by his loving wife Tayler (nee DeLisio), his beautiful daughter Aubrey, father and mother-in-law John and Lee DeLisio, brother and sister-in-law Marc and Julie DeLisio, niece and nephew Charlotte and Jack DeLisio, Mother Deborah Shiers, Father Barton Gray (Kelly Masterson), and brother Grayson Gray. Our warrior was welcomed into heaven by his warrior uncles; Aldo Conte and Doug Westbrooke.
Wes delighted in being a husband and father, continually placing Tayler and Aubrey’s needs ahead of his own. Wes always made sure ‘his girls’ were taken care of, no matter the cost. Throughout their nine years together, Tayler and Wes enjoyed life to the fullest, from getting married to the birth of their daughter. They also faced tremendous life challenges side-by-side until the end. Wes was an incredible husband, and the love they shared was a ‘once in a lifetime’ relationship. Wes’ daughter Aubrey was his biggest joy and greatest accomplishment. His devotion to her was unparalleled. Even while in the hospital, Wes did everything he could to be a constant presence in her life, from Facetiming multiple times a day, to visits at the hospital, and decorating the hospital sidewalk with beautiful pictures using sidewalk chalk. She will always be his “lovebug”. We know his legacy will live on through her.
Wes always enjoyed family gatherings, spending time with the people he cared about while enjoying the home-cooked meals to the point of ‘belly-ache’—especially when there was carrot cake. Wes continuously put others first no matter the situation and was a person you could always count on to help out. He continually strived to take care of the ones he loved. Wes was kind-hearted, and it showed in everything he did, and everyone he met. Throughout the course of his illness, Wes was very gracious for the care he was given and always had a smile on his face. He will forever leave a lasting impression to the people who were fortunate enough to meet him.
Of his many professional accomplishments, Wes was most proud of obtaining his CPA, CA accounting designation. He showed great determination, even with a health setback he still achieved his goal. Over the years, Wes devoted himself to career excellence and the highest of standards. He met clients with ease, and was both a reliable and dependable colleague. Being an accountant was easy for Wes because numbers were naturally easy for him. This even shone through his analysis of various sports statistics. As much as he loved the Detroit Red Wings, there was small part of him that was being converted to a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Wes enjoyed being active and playing multiple sports which provided a shared love between him and Tayler. Wes was so proud that he could see this natural athleticism shining through Aubrey. Wes’ love for sports has created many memories for those around him that will never be forgotten.
Wes’ wife Tayler wants to send her biggest thank you to all the doctors, nurses, health care workers and support staff at Juravinski Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton who took care of Wes during the most difficult time in his life and cared for him until the end. The care and compassion that Wes was given made this difficult journey easier. Each one of you will forever have a place in both her and Aubrey’s hearts. Wes always said it takes a special type of person to do what you do, and each one of you are true angels. Just know that despite the outcome, Wes says “Thank you”.
My love, I’m so proud of how hard you fought. We made a promise to each other to stand by each other’s side, and we saw it through. Your strength and courage will live inside me, and will help me get through life without you here. I love you more than words can describe. It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon.
Visitation will take place on Monday, May 9th, 2022 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton St. St. Catharines with Vigil Prayers at 3pm. A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 11am at St. George’s Anglican Church, 83 Church St., St. Catharines. Masks are required for the church service. A reception will follow at Club Roma (Pavilion). It is Wes’ request that those in attendance wear his favourite colour blue.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The Ron and Nancy Clark Stem-Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies, Tomorrow Stems For You Campaign would be appreciated.
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