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Andrew "AJ" Gray
It is with deepest / profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our beloved son / brother / uncle Andrew. He departed on August 23, 2023, while sleeping peacefully in his Austin, Texas home. He leaves behind h... Read More
Andrew "AJ" Gray
It is with deepest / profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our beloved son / brother / uncle Andrew. He departed on August 23, 2023, while sleeping peacefully in his Austin, Texas home. He leaves behind his Mother Mariam Gray, Father Hugh Gray (Lt Col USAF Ret.), Stepmother Yvonne Gray, Brother Ryan Gray, Sister Elizabeth Muehlmeier, Brother-in-Law Courtney Muehlmeier and Nieces Lauren and Savannah Muehlmeier. In addition to his immediate family, AJ (as he was known to most) leaves behind a vast network of lifelong friends.
Andrew was born in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1987 into an Air Force family, and as a military "brat" he moved with our family to Montgomery, AL as a newborn. A year later, his father's next assignment took him to Naples, Italy, where he spent three years and travelled extensively around Europe with our family. Returning to the Washington D.C. area, he lived in Annapolis MD for four years and enjoyed youth athletics on the Naval Academy grounds and Storm Brothers ice cream during concerts on the Town Dock. Moving overseas with the family for another assignment in Seoul, Korea, he attended the Seoul American Elementary School on the Yongsan Compound for a year. Then he followed in his brother's and sister's footsteps and attended a boarding school in Switzerland (La Garenne in Villars). The family returned to the US for another D.C area assignment, and AJ moved again, this time to the Baltimore metro area, where he attended St. Paul's School for Boys in Lutherville MD. With an angelic voice, he was selected to join the historic Choir of Men and Boys at Baltimore's Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church (where he won the Choirboy of the Year Award). During this period AJ also shared fond memories with his brother as he pursued his interest in the martial arts, training under the legendary Master Joe LaFrance as a "Blue Dragon" and achieving the rank of 6th GUP in Taekwondo. Andrew also acquired an interest and skill in football in Baltimore. Playing in local youth programs, his skill as a lineman (and solid academic record) led to recruiting by prep schools. Again, AJ chose to follow his siblings and enrolled in The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. It was at The Hill, within the family oriented high school boarding program, that AJ blossomed as a magnificent young man of character and camaraderie. He continued his singing and was chosen for the school's select a cappella male ensemble - "The Hilltones". He was promoted to the Varsity Football Team as a first-year student and played Center and other offensive and defensive line positions until graduation. Highlights for AJ during this period were travelling to Chicago to practice long snapping with the Chicago Bears Long Snapper (Patrick Mannelly) and spending summers working on a Minnesota farm under the care and tutelage of his Godfather Stan Gudmundson (Col. USAF Ret.). His teammates elected him Co-Captain of the Football Team his Senior year, and he accepted the team's third Headmaster's Trophy during his tenure as Hill beat arch-rival Lawrenceville in the fifth oldest high school football rivalry game in America. As a respected mentor and role model, AJ was selected to be a Dorm Prefect and provided guidance and support to the underclass students in his care. Universally beloved, he made lifelong friends at the Hill and after jumping in The Dell (the on-campus pond - a Hill School graduation tradition) with his classmates in 2006 he enrolled in Virginia's College of William and Mary, joining the KA Fraternity and majoring in Computer Science. Again, his gentle and kind nature led to many lifelong friendships and his hard work in the computer lab led to employment in the tech industry following graduation in 2010. Joining his sister (and her Husband) in Austin, AJ moved into the tech field and held increasingly responsible positions in software development, working for Austin area firms Starmount, SailPoint, and finally as a Senior Software Engineer with Open Lending LLC. At each step and in each company, AJ was known as a great co-worker, good friend, and the "Gentle Giant" whose smile lit up any room. Family and friends relished the AJ "Bear Hug" that was given with great strength yet gentleness at the same time. His love for music never let him miss an ACL festival in Austin. His compassion led AJ to sponsor an impoverished African child via the Save the Children Program while adopting an aged local cat (his beloved "Marley"). He was the best "Uncle Andy" to his Nieces Lauren and Savannah and was treasured by his family and friends.
As the Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius noted, "Life is short. Do not forget about the most important things in our life, living for other people and doing good for them." Andrew lived that philosophy and will leave all who knew him the better for it.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in AJ's name to either of his two favorite causes:
Austin Animal Center - Support the Animal Center ' AustinTexas.gov.
Save the Children - Celebrate Someone Special - Save the Children
The Harrell Funeral Home in Austin is managing funeral preparations. The visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00PM on Thursday September 7 and 8:00-9:30 AM on Friday September 8. Funeral services will be held at St. David's Episcopal Church in downtown Austin at 11 AM on September 8 with interment to follow at Austin Memorial Park and a reception to celebrate AJ's life afterwards.
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