Gary Graves, beloved NST cast member and curtain call editor, died Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by his family. We all remember him as an incredibly polite, kind, gentle, quiet man; for his design work on the newsletters, program covers and flyers; for taking practice materials on family vacations to Hawaii, and for his performances on the NST stage over the past 5 years. He is perhaps best remembered for his rendition of “Impossible Dream”, but also “Nothing Like a Dame” and most recently in the duet “People Will Say We’re in Love” with Jan Rosenthal.
Gary was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He had a long career in advertising, marketing and public relations with ad agencies and companies in Upstate New York, Chicago and San Diego.
Before he and his wife, Sue, retired, they were among the top residential sales associates nationwide for Prudential Real Estate. They were residents of La Jolla and Lake San Marcos, CA, where Gary sang in church choirs before moving here in 2007 and joining NST in 2009. He also sang in the choir at Hillsboro Presbyterian Church and in the Hillsboro Senior Serenaders.
He was delighted that retirement had given him an opportunity to pursue his interests in music, theater and art. He enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge and attending his grandchildren’s games and other activities.
The cast will dedicate the song “May You Always” near the end of today’s program in memory of Gary. His family has asked us to convey to everyone that the celebration of his life will be Saturday, November 29, at 2 pm at Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, 172 N. E. 32nd., Hillsboro, Or 97124
The Sunday Oregonian has printed Gary's obituary (November 23, page E10). Gary's family have suggested a donation to Northwest Senior Theatre in his name. If you wish to do so, please send donations to the address below.
Northwest Senior Theater PO Box 25264 Portland, Oregon 97298