|7 Jan 2021|
Those of his contemporaries who were at WBS in late 50’s were saddened to hear of Dominic’s passing on 28th May 2020. As a colleague of his, I have been asked to write an obituary on him.
Dominic was born 03/03/1945 in Croydon to Mary Enid and Kenneth Amphlett Gray. second child in the family -elder sister Penelope and younger sister Fiona. Father was a Church of England Clergyman. He joined WBS in 1956, having come from Plymouth College, and joined Brereton House. He was keen on sport, particularly cross-country running and fencing, under the newly formed fencing club set up by Jack Holt. Perhaps his real passion was rifle shooting, both .22 and then long-range shooting under Major Crowl and Bill Riding.
After he left WBS in 1963 he went to London joining Foyles book shop, and then to a Probation Hospital linked to Bow Street Police Station, prior to going to Dundee University to study Sociology and Social work. He met Rosemary, his future wife, in Dundee in 1970. They married in Scotland May 1971 moving to Lancashire September 1971 where Dominic did a post grad degree in Criminal Justice and Probation. He then worked as a Probation Officer in Preston for 3years before moving back to Scotland where he worked in the Edinburgh area in various Criminal Justice Services. He completed his studies in 1995 with a Masters at Edinburgh University in Advanced Social Work studies in Criminal Justice. He took early retirement from Local Authority Social Work and for a number of years worked for the Church of Scotland, Social Care agency, Crossreach.
Dominic was always involved in Church life and his faith was very important to him.
He was a devoted family man - Rosemary and their children Ginny, Becky and Ruaraidh and his eight precious grandchildren.
He loved walking and did several long walks including the West Highland Way with friends from Dundee days. He enjoyed cars including a Mercedes SLK and a 1960 Volkswagen Trekker, cricket (Sussex) soccer (Norwich), politics, music, gardening, DIY and holidays involving travel but his very favourite place to be was Ardnamurchan, on the west coast of Scotland,
where he had a holiday house.
Dominic was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2015 and moved from East Lothian where he had lived for 40 years, to North Queensferry, to be near family and treatment. He died peacefully at home on 28 May 2020 surrounded by his family.
Rest in peace Dominic.