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July 28, 2013 12:43 AM

Born January 29, 1926 in Weehawken, NJ. to Adele and Herman, passed away July 4, 2013 with his family by his side. Dad was the oldest of three children, Bob (deceased) and Adele Gray ("Sis") of Richmond Hill, N.Y. The family eventually settled in Brooklyn, N.Y. where Dad loved playing any kind of ball at Highland Park, going to baseball games at Ebbets Field, collecting coins and stamps (as a teenager, he was actually in possession of one of the valuable 1913 Liberty Head Nickels until his Mom unknowingly used it to buy bread. You can imagine how many times Grandma was reminded of this mistake). He graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School and joined the Navy in 1943. The Navy sent him to Denison College in Ohio, Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. and St. Mary's Moraga College in California for Flight School. It was there he got hooked on California. After the service, Dad became a member of N.Y.'s Finest. He married our mother (the former Gloria Cinelli) and they settled in Queens and then in Brooklyn to raise their family. Linda (Romero-Clarence) came first, then Barbara (Bermudes), Edward (Happy), Kenneth and Richard in quick succession. We all remember our excursions with Dad to Mets and Yankee games, day-long trips to Rockaway Beach, parks, World's Fair, etc. At Easter time, he would pack all seven of us into one car, no air, and off we were to Florida. After Dad retired from the NYPD, he made a trip out West to decide where to relocate his family, He did not like N.Y.'s cold winters. After some research San Diego sounded nice, but one trip to Santa Barbara (during the 1969 oil spill) and he was sure this was heaven on earth. In June of '69, we loaded up 3 station wagons (again no air) 7 people, a dog, our fish tank and across country we came.

"Kaktus Ed" had a second career as an Engineering Technician with the County. If you see cactus planted along the fence at the Road Yard, that's what he did during his breaks and lunch. I recently told him he was before his time - cactus is now the "in" thing. Dad was an interesting man, very intelligent, generous, fair, a little eccentric, and a collector of a variety of things. He loved to travel, read, watch cop shows and all kinds of sports on TV. He would attend most of his boys SBHS games and then when the grandkids came, those too. He was blessed with grandchildren - Richard, Renee and Michele Romero, Brian and Kevin Bermudes and Kristin Schroeder, He also gained step-grandchildren - Jennifer Romero and Tim and Kara Cooney. His great-grandchildren also became a special joy to him. He definitely lived his life his way - which was sometimes exasperating to us. We loved him anyway and we know he loved us. Miss you already Dad. Rest in Peace. Private burial at sea. Please join us for a Celebration of Dad's Life on Tuesday, July 30th, 3911 Stacy Lane, S.B. at 4:30. Call Linda at 687-11392 for more info.


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