James P. “Jim” Gray, longtime employee of the North American Retail Hardware Association, the American Hardware Manufacturers Association and other industry groups, died Dec. 13 in Indianapolis. He was 76 years old.
Gray was born Jan. 2, 1941, in Springfield, Ohio, and he graduated from Bryan High School in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1959. He and his wife, Donna, were married on May 6, 1967, in Columbus, Ohio.
After a 37-year career serving at various hardware associations, including the American Hardware Manufacturing Association, the North American Retail Hardware Association and the Ohio Hardware Manufacturing Association, Gray retired in 2001. He was also a former member of the American Society of Association Executives.
In retirement, he and his wife lived in Nashville, Indiana, where he pursued his hobbies of photography and genealogy.
Along with his wife, Gray is survived by two daughters; two brothers; and seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son; a brother; and a sister-in-law.