Obituary of Richard Bray
Richard Alan Bray, 69, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 with his family at his side, following a long illness. He was born in Malone, New York on October 11, 1948, the oldest of ten children of Alice (Boyer) Bray and Richard Andrew Bray. The family moved to Mohawk, New York in 1964. Richard was a 1966 graduate of Mohawk Central School and attended Oswego State University after serving in the United States Navy. He later received his degree from Mohawk Valley Community College.
Richard married his high school sweetheart Judy Lynne Katovitch of Mohawk on November 8, 1969 and together they had three sons, whom they raised in Mohawk. Richard worked for Mohawk Data Sciences and Herkimer County Department of Social Services as a Welfare Management Systems Coordinator and served on the Mohawk Municipal Commission. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Herkimer, NY until its closing and most recently at Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk, NY. He was a founding member of the Kuyahoora Valley Rangers, a member of the Mohawk Fish & Game Club, and he was privileged to have been accepted into the Contemporary Longrifle Association. Richard was a member and former Secretary of the Coliseum Soccer Club of Utica, NY.
His true passion was eighteenth century American history. He was a skilled craftsman, known for his beautiful leather, macrame, and knitted items replicating eighteenth century pieces. He participated in eighteenth century/Revolutionary War reenactments and rendezvous encampments throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic, and gained a following for his period replica game bags. In 2000, he partnered with his close friend, Peter Marques and Tentsmiths, to produce all of the tent poles required for the period campaign tents used in the feature film The Patriot.
By far, his greatest joy and source of pride were his children and grandchildren. Richard traveled across the state and beyond to see them compete and to support them.
Richard is survived by his wife Judy, of Mohawk, NY and his sons Andrew (Kinley) Bray of Annapolis, MD; Christopher (Brandee Herringshaw) Bray of Herkimer, NY; and Matthew (Madeline Youngberg) Bray of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren Jacob, Dylan (Hart), Bailey, Juleighanna (Herringshaw), Marguerite, Leah, Katherine, and Brooks; and nine siblings: Christine Bray, Judith Bray, William Bray, Angela Maloy, Patricia Haggerty, Laura Bray, Margaret Housel, Ellen Bray, and John Bray and many, many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk, NY with the Rev. Mark Cunningham officiating, assisted by Sr. Mary Jo Tallman. Interment will take place in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call Friday (today) at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY 13357 from 4-7 PM.
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