Bray, Roger


Bray, Roger

Roger Peter Bray of Atlanta, GA passed away peacefully at his home on May 1, 2022, at the age of 90. He was born April 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA to William Gardner and Helen Hughes Bray. Roger’s father was a former journalist and the family moved to where the work was – from San Diego to Long Island, eventually to Pemberton, NJ. Along with his younger sister Barbara, Roger spent his teenage years on the family blueberry farm in Pemberton. It was there, living the life of a farmer, that Roger developed his strong work ethic, sense of determination and wry sense of humor. Roger attended Moorestown Friends School in Philadelphia from which he graduated from high school. He was a determined athlete with a love for baseball and soccer. He was a left-handed pitcher on the Gettysburg College baseball team and on the football team. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, serving as its chapter president, and earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Roger’s passion for flying developed in his teens when he learned to fly spreaders and earned his pilot’s license. This motivated him to join the Air Force ROTC in college and enter the USAF after graduating in 1954 as a lieutenant. His basic training took him to Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia, where he met Faye Scott, a local girl who worked at the airbase as an assistant station chief. Roger was immediately smitten and after a long courtship they married in 1955 and began what was to be a 54-year life together. Roger was assigned to flight school in El Paso, TX, was promoted to captain, and spent two years there in basic housing with Faye and their boxer Ginger until he was honorably discharged in 1957. Roger joined Aetna Life and Casualty in group insurance sales and, before briefly moving to Hartford, CT for training, their first son Roger Peter, Jr. was born in Moultrie in 1957. His work took them to South Bend, IN where their daughter Laura Susan was born in 1960. In 1961, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, eventually living in Sandy Springs. Meanwhile, their third child John William was born in 1967. Roger’s career took the family to Huntsville, AL and then Albany, GA where they made many close friends and had an active social life. Roger was an enthusiastic member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he served as an usher, taught Sunday school, and served as both junior and senior director of the vestry. The family moved back to Atlanta in 1977 and would stay there until Roger retired in 2000. Faye’s love for the beach took them to Naples, Florida, where they lived until 2009, when to which they returned to Atlanta to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Sadly, Faye died unexpectedly shortly after their return. Roger enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially tennis. Among his Albany tennis buddies, he was known as Boomer for his thunderous, if notoriously inaccurate, serve. He coached his children in baseball and soccer. Roger was a man of the highest integrity, possessed a larger than life personality, and was much loved by all who knew him. He was a warm and sensitive man with incredible devotion to his wife and family. Joining Faye and many friends in paradise for martinis and laughter gives us all great comfort and peace. Roger is survived by his children Peter (Louise), Laura Bray White (Bob) and John (Andrea); his grandchildren Sarah Hughes Bray (Taylor Boydstun), Scott Griffith Bray, John William Bray, Jr. and Anna McKenna Bray; his devoted sister Barbara Bray Richey; her step-grandson Robert Andrew White; and his furry best friend Buddy. Roger was predeceased by his wife Faye Scott Bray and his parents William Gardner Bray and Helen Hughes Bray. The family would like to express their gratitude to the carers who made Roger’s final days the best possible – Irish Thomas, staff at Sunrise of Buckhead and Inspire Hospice. A memorial service will be held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, May 12 at 3 p.m., followed by a reception at the home of John and Andrea Bray. Everyone is welcome. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in Roger’s name to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, Atlanta, GA 30327 or The Lovett School, 4075 Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327.

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