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Retired Industry Veteran Jim Gray Dies

Jim GrayJames 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.

About Melanie Moul

Melanie Moul
Melanie is the features editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. Originally from South Bend, Indiana, has a degree in professional writing. She worked in central Pennsylvania for several years after college as a barista and an editor and returned to the Hoosier State in late 2016 to join the NRHA team. In her spare time, she enjoys testing new recipes and watching online makeup tutorials. She and her husband are raising their son and two fur children in Indianapolis.

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