Life is a race with a beginning, middle and end. There is a definitive starting point, which is our birth. And an ending point, which is our death. What we do in the middle is what makes the difference.
Marc Graye was born in Miami, Florida on December 25, 1950 to Winnifred and Eugene Graye. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved back to his mother’s hometown of Detroit. Marc was raised in the suburbs of Detroit with his three sisters Joy Graye, Michelle Graye and Shari Graye. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and earned his MBA from Wayne State University. In 1982, he became a CPA in Texas where he moved in early 1981.
He died peacefully on February 6th at his home in Cypress, Texas after a valiant battle with lung cancer.
Marc lived his life to the fullest and like the famous Sinatra song, “My Way,” with both passion and individuality. Highlights of his life included over 33 years of marriage to Susan (Margolis) Graye, the birth of his three sons Joshua Samuel Graye, Max David Graye, Joey Alexander Graye as well as becoming a triathlete in his 60’s. He competed and often placed in charity bike rides, duathlons, and runs including a week long bike ride, “Ragbrai” across Iowa with his lifelong friend, Fred and culminating in his dream to compete in the Senior Games Triathlon event this past summer
His passions and hobbies were many including travel, astronomy, jazz music, model rocketry, scuba diving, snowboarding, golf, motorcycling, and biking. He was an active father and always willing to roll up his sleeves to make a difference to benefit his children. He was a Cub Scout leader for more than one den, as well as a coach for his son’s basketball and baseball teams including winning more than one championship.
He was generous with his time as well as philanthropic in donating to causes he cared about. He was so proud of being the Treasurer for Congregation Jewish Community North as well as donating to varied causes.
Marc loved to travel with his family and share his adventures with his friends and family. With each trip, he took the time to find a beautiful park to run at, a sunrise and sunset to watch and delicious food to eat.
As a CPA, Marc ran his own business, Builders Masterlink, where he treated his clients like his family. As one of his clients shared, their friends were amazed to learn that her CPA made “house calls”.
In addition to his wife, Susan, and sons Josh, Max and Joey Graye and Sisters Joy, Michelle and Shari, Marc is survived by his mother-in-law, Sharon Margolis, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Marc and Hanna and Paul and Marsha Margolis. He is also survived by Uncle Barry and Aunt Elaine Margolis as well as Uncle Sidney and Aunt Sarabeth Wizen and numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and clients.
Burial took place in Detroit Michigan. Memorial Services will be held at 6:30pm Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Graye’s residence, 13707 Fir Glen Lane, Cypress, TX 77429; and Tuesday, February 13, 2018 also at 6:30pm, at Congregation Jewish Community North, 5400 Fellowship Lane, Spring, Texas 77379, Rabbi Jonathan Siger officiating.
Donations can be made to Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Jewish Family Service (http://jfshouston.org) so that other patients can benefit from the Shabbat Program. Other charities include Magen David Adom (https://afmda.org) and the Hurricane Relief Fund for the Houston Jewish Federation (https://www.houstonjewish.org/community/hurricane-harvey-important-community-information).