James H. Wray Jr. Was Proprietor of Auto Shop
James H. (Jay) Wray Jr., 55, died at his home in Oak Bluffs surrounded by his family and friends on June 22, after a long illness.
He was born in Fall River on Nov. 29, 1946 to James H. Wray Sr. of Somerset and the late Ruth E. (Towers) Wray.
While growing up in Fall River, the Wray family summered at their gingerbread cottage on the Camp Ground. In 1999, Jay purchased property in Oak Bluffs and established Jay's Auto Body. Although he liked working on cars for a living, he loved restoring antique cars as a hobby. He also enjoyed model railroading and taking Caribbean cruises with his family and friends.
He was an Oak Bluffs volunteer fireman, and made lifelong friends in the department.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Wray; his daughter, Stephanie Schecter and his son in law, Eric, both of Somerset; his sisters, Ruth Siple of Oak Bluffs and Marilyn Valcourt of Fall River; his brother, William (Bill) Wray of Edgartown, and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs, officiated by the Rev. Thomas Roan. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, June 25, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs. Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.