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Malcolm Gray

MALCOLM GRAY Passed away in St James' Hospital, Leeds on 18th April aged 90 years. A much loved dad, grandpa and great grandpa. He will be sadly missed by all family and friends. Funeral Wednesday 5th May, family flowers only, donations to Wakefield hospice and MIND. For further details contact Howarth Funeral Service 01924 376590 Malcolm was born in Birch Vale, Derbyshire in 1930. After graduating from Bristol University in 1951 he completed his National Service in the RAF. He then became a Geography teacher in Handsworth, Birmingham and then in Kirkby, Lancs, before joining the Education Service in Rotherham in 1960. He was later appointed Deputy Director of Education in Solihull. In 1968 he was appointed Director of Education in Wakefield and subsequently became Chief Education Officer in Bury. He retired in 1992 and went on to travel widely. In 2007 he moved back to Wakefield to live closer to his family. In his youth Malcolm was a keen cricket player. In later years he was often to be seen at both Old Trafford and Headingley as he was a member of both Lancashire and Yorkshire cricket clubs. He was a season ticket holder at Bury football club for many years and he also supported Wakefield Trinity. He was a Trustee Director of Bury Hospice and on returning to Wakefield has been a great supporter of Wakefield Hospice. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. He was a cherished dad to three daughters and a son and was a much loved grandpa and great grandpa. He was preceded in death by his wife Maureen in 1980 and his second wife Bertha in 2007. He died on 18th April 2021 and will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

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  • __newsquest__Michael O Haresays...

    I will always be grateful to Malcolm for the support he gave to Holy Cross in the early years when we were struggling to establish the College. Without the enhanced staffing he authorised,we may not have survived,Malcolm was a regular visitor to the College even when we were taken out of the Local Authority .A gentleman in every sense of the word. Mike O Hare, Principal Holy Cross College 1993 to 2008.
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