Sidney Lamont Gray
28 May 1949 to 22 May 2013
A devoted husband and proud father, Sid Gray lost his short, painful battle with Pancreatic and Liver Cancer on May 22. Survived by his wife, Janet and son, Colin, he will be remembered by his family as an honest husband and a reliable father.
Born in Vancouver on May 28, 1949 to Sidney and Ethel Gray, both deceased, he was the youngest of two children. His sister, Linda Barclay, passed away in 1990 and is survived by her husband George Barclay, and their two children Steven and Jennifer Barclay. Growing up in Vancouver, he attended John Oliver High School and upon graduation enlisted with the RCMP. From a young age Sid knew he wanted to be a Mountie.
In 1969, Sid Gray along with troop “3” 69-70 became a Constable in the RCMP. After depot, Sid’s first posting was in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. After Fort Qu’Appelle, Sid would spend the next 30 years around Saskatchewan in communities such as; Langenburg, Willow Bunch, La Loche, Indian Head, Wynyard, Buffalo Narrows, Yorkton, Broadview and Shellbrook. On October 16, 1971, Sid was married to Janet Rowley in Yorkton Saskatchewan. Luckily for the young constable, Janet would prove to be the resilient, understanding and beautiful wife required of an RCMP officer. Their marriage has spanned 41 years, multiple communities across three provinces including a four year posting in Inuvik, NWT. Moreover, Sid’s career with the RCMP provided the opportunity to work as Peacekeeper with the United Nations during a six month secondment in 1992 during the Yugoslav Civil War and as war crime investigator in 2001 as part of a one month UN envoy to Sierra Leone. Sid’s professionalism, experience and intelligence created these opportunities, but it was Janet who made it a reality as she provided the support needed for the adventurous police officer.
In 1985 Sid became the proud father of a baby boy. He loved to watch Colin compete in hockey and soccer, often, while on shift, driving to local towns to watch his son play.
On July 30, 2008 and after 39 years of service, Sid retired as the Staff Sergeant of the Ladysmith detachment. Upon retirement, Sid became involved in the community, and found great joy and happiness hosting harbor tours for the Ladysmith Maritime Society.
Due to the nature of his career, Sid has friends throughout the world. He has mentored and provided a positive impact to younger police officers, and gained the trust and respect from his peers. The world has lost a father, husband and man who embraced and felt pride to be called each of those – Sidney Lamont Gray will be missed.
A service for Sid will be held on June 1st at 2pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Nanaimo. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations be made in Sid’s name to the Nanaimo Palliative Care Unit at the Nanaimo Hospital or the Hospice Society in Nanaimo.