The decision was unanimous,and in an unusual display of unityeach Councillor spoke fondly of the late Don Gray at Monday nights monthly meeting.
From him always being willing help someone in need, to his business acumen, everyone agreed the unnamed Public Reserve off Acacia Circuit should be dedicated to his memory.
With an emotional Cr Ruth Rogers reminding everyone how much he loved bird watching.
Council passed her motion stating, “That Singleton Council name a Park or Reserve after the Late Don Gray: as 1. a dedicated past employee of Singleton Council; and 2. As a committed community volunteer.”
MrGray was employed by Council as an Economic Development Officer from July 6,1998 until his retirement on April 12, 2011.
He passed away in May of this yearfromcomplications following surgery.
During his time as Economic Development Officer, Mr Gray assisted with the progression of both the Mt Thorley and Maison Dieu Industrial Estates and proactively encouraged big business to relocate to Singleton.
He was an active member of the Singleton Business Chamber, Rotary Club, the Christian Israelite Church and many community groups and committees.
Mr Gray was a great advocate for the Singleton district promoting its assets, education and pushing for improved infrastructure and new business opportunities.
Everyone who met or knew MrGrayunderstoodhe loved his community, and loved to have a chat.
Whether in his birth town of Kempsey on the Mid North Coast or his second home of Singleton, Mr Graywas committed to seeing business grow and prosper within a caring environment.
Mr Gray was born on July 6, 1942 at the West Kempsey Hospital, the sixth child of Clifton and Nellie Gray whose family operated an electrical and music store in the town. A couple of years later the family moved to Singleton where his uncle Norman and his family owneda similar business.
He attended Singleton Public School and Singleton High School. On finishing school he trained as a radio technician at the Gray family business before completing an electrical engineering degree at the University of New South Wales.
GREATLY MISSED: He was a great advocate for the Singleton district, working tirelessly to move the district forward.
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