He was born October 4, 1941, in Philadelphia, PA. He was the second of four children born to Mary Elizabeth Foley Grace and Raymond Wesley Grace. He grew up in University Heights, Ohio. He served in the Army National Guard. He received an accounting degree from John Carrol University and became a CPA. While in Cleveland, in 1971, he met and married a young teacher, Deborah L. Brown. In 1977, the family moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where Ray opened an accounting business.
Ray is survived by his wife of 48 years, Debbie, and four children; two sons, Raymond W. Grace (Samra), and Matthew R. Grace (Sandi); two daughters, Colleen Grace-Mure (Tony), and Carrie Grace Pustai (Karl); a sister, MaryEllen Paul (Peter), a brother, Robert Grace (Heide), a sister-in-law, Joanne Grace (Mike, deceased), as well as a large extended family. He was blessed with eleven grandchildren:
Donovan Grace, Mason Grace, Jacob Grace, Payge Pustai, Tessa Pustai, Reed Pustai, Anthony Mure, Wesley Mure, Veda Grace, Ashley Grace, and Sarah Grace. They were the joy of his life.
Due to the coronavirus restrictions, services through Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church will be private. Interment will be at Hansen Desert Hills Memorial Park 6400 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. Donations in Ray's name may be made to the Leukemia Society or to a local Animal Rescue.
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