CMSD82 Internal Release, Acknowledging the Loss of an Amazing Colleague, Edward Gray – Feb. 9, 2021 (PDF format)
It is with profound sadness and a deep sense of loss that we inform employees of the passing of a respected educator, colleague and good friend. Edward Gray passed away on February 9, 2021 surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.
A long-term employee, Edward spent his entire teaching career with Coast Mountains School District. He joined the school district in September 1990, accepting a teaching position at Stewart Elementary School following his graduation from the University of New Brunswick. Edward then moved to Terrace in September 1997 upon receiving a teaching assignment at Cassie Hall Elementary School. In September 2002, he accepted a teaching position at Uplands Elementary School, a position he held until his passing.
Edward was highly respected and much loved by students and colleagues alike for his love of teaching and his dedication to all school activities. He was a popular staff member whose dry sense of humour was appreciated by students and staff. Edward’s incredible kind spirit, quiet leadership, inspiration and generous personal efforts will have ever-lasting impacts on the lives of many students, families and staff in the Stewart and Terrace communities. During his tenure with the school district, Edward worked tirelessly with passion and pride for the schools, students and staff including the many hours for student extra-curricular activities and coaching athletic teams.
An avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Edward loved being a teacher, coaching school sports, playing hockey, fishing and spending time with friends, but most of all, he loved being a dad to his children, Marlee and Kyle.
On behalf of the Coast Mountains School District, we extend our love and heartfelt sympathy to Edward’s wife, Laura Gray, a Grade One Teacher at Thornhill Primary School and long-term employee, and to their children.
Uplands Elementary and Thornhill Primary Schools share a great sadness with the Gray family on the loss of this wonderful individual. Thank you Edward for everything you did for so many people over so many years. The void left by Edward’s passing will be filled with the legacy of his kindness and service, the memory of his smile and passion for the children. We will miss Edward dearly.
Superintendent of Schools