Delia Gray

Died: Thu., May 3, 2018

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Gray, Delia - It is with profound sadness that the family announces the death, on May 3, 2018, of Delia Gray, R.N., B.Sc.N., B.Admin., M.Ed, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Born on October 24, 1940 in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay), daughter of James and Ruth, nee Cox, Delia attended Fort William Collegiate Institute, later graduating as a Registered Nurse from Miseracordia Hospital, Winnipeg. Following several years as a hospital nurse in Eastern Canada she returned to Thunder Bay to teach nursing students at the hospital and community college levels. During that time her love of learning led to Lakehead University degrees in Nursing, Business, and Education. Delia left nursing to enter the business field, joining a major accounting firm.  She later moved into senior administrative positions at Thunder Bay Homes for the Aged and Lakehead Regional Centre (a child and family treatment facility). During this time she was also engaged as a Sessional Lecturer at the Lakehead University School of Business.

Due to the transfer of her husband, Peter, she relocated to North Bay where she attended a government-sponsored “upgrading” computer course offered by the training arm of CTS Computer Products, later incorporated as the CTS Training Academy.  Her teaching background led to a training position with the Academy.  When CTS absorbed the defunct North Bay branch of the Ontario Business College she took a lead role in developing course content and gaining the approval of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the initial diploma-level programs to be offered by the newly-chartered CTS Canadian Career College. As Dean of Academics, she continued to be engaged in development and registration of additional diploma programs, retiring in 2003 but retaining an association with the College, as a member of the Board of Advisors. In April, 2014, Carlos Carvalho, President and CEO named the South Wing (Social Services) of CTS Canadian Career College the “Delia Gray Wing”. 

Delia Gray is survived by her husband Peter Serkowney, son Jim Laforet of Sherwood Park, AB, sister Nancy Veneruzzo (Roy) of Thunder Bay, brother Gary (Karin) of Airdrie, AB, step-daughters Pamela Serkowney (Leigh) of North Bay, and Jillian Serkowney Ward (Terry) of  Markdale, ON. Remembered and loved by grand-children Cameron and Jacob Laforet, Caleigh and Avery Ward, and several nieces and nephews.

According to Delia’s wishes a private family ceremony will be held with cremation to follow.  Interment in Thunder Bay, ON. 

In lieu of flowers a donation to the Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Societies would be greatly appreciated. 

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Gayl Desbiens
   Posted Sat May 05, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Delia.
My prayers and thoughts are with you during this sorrowful
time. I was Delia's Avon representative and will miss her
friendly smile and our little chats.

Gayl Desbiens

Harry D Elmslie
   Posted Sun May 06, 2018
Delia was a dedicated student in Accounting at Lakehead University.I was so fortunate that she was in a couple of my Accounting classes.She was a joy to teach and always ready to share a laugh.Wonderful memories! My deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Harry

Louise Defonzo
   Posted Mon May 07, 2018
Sending caring thoughts your way Peter, to you and your family. Delia brought enthusiasm and charm to the many conversations we had, when you were both working in the Resource Centre for CTS. You were such a great team together & helped many people.
I always enjoyed our many chats, & truly grateful for the wonderful working relationship that I had with both of you.
My most sincere condolences to you & your family at this very sad time. May you be comforted through the many wonderful memories you had with Delia, and may you find peace as you celebrate her wonderful life. She was truly a gem!
Warm hugs to you...sincerely from Louise (Rivet) Defonzo

Maggie (Milne) Chicoine
   Posted Mon May 07, 2018
Remembering Delia and her career at the Homes for the Aged in Thunder Bay. She added wisdom, strength and sunshine to every day. I truly appreciated her mentorship as I was learning to lead. Rest in Peace Delia. Your legacy lives on with many of us who were privileged to know you. Sincerest condolences Peter and family.

Louise Laforet
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
So sorry for your loss Jim, Peter, Pam and Jillian
She was indeed a very special lady and will always be remembered as such♥️♥️
Prayers and hugs for the family,
Louise, Jacob, Cameron xo

June & David OBrien
   Posted Thu May 10, 2018
We were so sorry to learn of Delia's passing. Our condolences go out to you, Peter and also to you Jim. Both of us worked with Delia in her many careers here in Thunder Bay and enjoyed both her work ethic and wonderful wit very much. We also enjoyed watching you grow up to be a fine young man, Jim. Remembering you flying your model airplane in our yard on Mapleward Rd many years ago. Delia was truly one of those wonderful, smart and dedicated people one so infrequently meets during one's life.

June & David OBrien

Jackie Lachnit
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
My deepest condolences to Delia's family and friends. The spark that she carried within her generous spirit will always be remembered with fondness. Peter I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Delia.

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