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Edward V. Gray, 71, of Williamsville, a retired Air Force sergeant, an artist and designer, died Sunday (Feb. 18, 2001) in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Technical High School. He earned degrees from Erie Community College, the University of Oslo, Norway, and the University at Buffalo.

He joined the Army Air Forces in 1946, working as an illustrator. He served in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a technical sergeant in 1966. He returned to Buffalo and worked as a senior artist and designer at UB until 1972, when he retired because of his health. In retirement, he worked as a freelance artist and did volunteer work for Air Force retirees.

He received a Commendation Medal from the Air Force and a Conspicuous Service Award from Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Elizabeth L. Lester; three sons, Donald of Buffalo, Timothy of Clarence and Gerald of Wellsville; a daughter, Suzanne of Clarence; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence.

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