Jeffrey John Grey



TERRA LINDA, CA

Jeffrey John Grey (Jeff) died peacefully on July 29, 2018, surrounded by his wife Linda and his children Menemsha and Jeff, after suffering a heart attack four days earlier at his home in Terra Linda, Calif.

Jeff was born in Gloversville, N.Y., on Nov. 13, 1945, the only child of Edward and Marion Maxson Grey.  His father was serving as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force when he died in a plane crash in October 1951. Jeff later cared for his mother during her fight with cancer; he was just 22 when she died.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict and receiving an honorable discharge, Jeff earned his B.A. from Skidmore College on the G.I. Bill.  He married Melissa Walsh and had two children, Menemsha and Jeff, moving with his family from Massachusetts to Bar Harbor, Maine, in 1989.

Jeff began working at Acadia National Park in 1992, which launched a lifelong devotion to protecting and preserving the Park.  While at Acadia, he met Linda Gregory, and they married on Hunter’s Beach on Sept. 5, 1999, and adopted a son, Matthew, in July 2004. A graduate of the National Park Service arborist training, Jeff delighted in being a steward of Acadia’s Carriage Road System, opening historic vistas, and rebuilding stone walls.  He was currently writing a book documenting the vista rehabilitation program.

In 2008, Jeff left the National Park Service and moved with Linda and Matthew to Marin County, Calif., where he was a ranger for the Marin County Open Space District. Jeff and Linda welcomed a second son, Eddie, as a foster child in 2009 and adopted him in 2011. The family subsequently divided their time between Maine and California.

Jeff was committed to community involvement, working and volunteering at his sons’ schools and fostering young children. He was a talented gardener and a skilled artist and woodworker.  He loved the forests and lakes of Maine as well as the deserts and open spaces of California, and was happiest when he was with his family, camping in their VW van or enjoying a family barbecue in Maine or California.

Jeff earned the love and respect of all who knew him for his kindness, patience and steady, deep commitment to the people and places he loved.  He will be missed by his wife of nearly 19 years, Linda, sons Matthew (age 14) and Eddie (age 10), Linda’s parents Ann and Don Gregory; children Menemsha Abeyasekera and husband Sanjeeva; Jeffrey Thomas Grey and wife Mollie; and grandchildren Gabriel (16) and Natalie Abeyasekera (6) and Maelee Grey (2).

The family will hold a celebration of Jeff’s life at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Acadia to support the Vista Management Program at Acadia National Park www.friendsofacadia.org/tribute-gift/ or Marin Foster Care Association www.marinfostercare.org.

 

 

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