About Gray

Dennis GrayWho is Dennis Gray?

You’re probably not going to believe this, but I really have a hard time talking about myself. Oh, I can tell you what I’m doing, or what I like to read, or what my family is up to, but that’s actually a different thing. I can talk about my life; but talking about me is a different matter. I mean ‘who am I‘ is a question I struggle with on a regular basis.  Even in my sixties I’m constantly learning new things about myself. But let’s take a stab at it.

I’m a Jesus-follower. I’d like to tell you I’m a Christian but frankly, I’ve never been really comfortable with the designation. The word Christian means ‘like the Christ’ and I recognize that try as I might, I don’t qualify for that label most of the time. I must also confess that it is hard wearing that label sometimes. The name is bandied about by a lot of people that are not terribly “Christ-like” at all. So, while I’m not happy with what the church has become, Jesus hasn’t changed. His love, his example, his life and sacrifice are still the same; and that is what matters. Si I follow Jesus, the best I can and will likely chronicle the struggle I have with that a lot.

I’m a cyclist. It’s my favourite mode of transportation. It’s also my favorite form of exercise, relaxation, time-killer, and sport.  I love it not just because it’s economical and environmentally friendly; not just because I think it’s a big part of the solution to air pollution, global warming, obesity, health care, and crumbling infrastructure; I love it because it’s just plain fun! When I ride I feel 15 instead of 50!

I’m a theatre person.  Mostly community theatre. I’ve been a soundscape designer most of the time; but I have also served as technical director, stage manager, set-builder, props person, and even user when needed. I’ve worked in theatres, gymnasiums, churches, and even museum backyards. I’ll likely write about that from time to time

I’m a cancer survivor. Well, so far anyway. I was diagnosed with cancer in my right tonsil in November of 2010. After surgery and seven weeks of radiation therapy I was declared cancer free in March of 2011. All in all I have been most fortunate and blessed. I had a great medical team at the Juravinski Cancer Centre looking after me, wonderful help from the Canadian Cancer society, and the incredible community of Kortright Church supporting me every step of the way. Before I was diagnosed I was a the captain of Team Kortright a fundraising team in the yearly Ride To Conquer Cancer in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital’s cancer research. Now I continue in this effort only now it is far more personal. Please click here and support this more than worthy cause.

Basic Biographical Information. I was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1954.  Still living in the same place, not too terribly far from the neighbourhood in which I grew up. Married the lovely Roberta in 1982 and still wonder why it is she agreed to the ordeal of spending her life with me.  We have no children, but I have two brothers, Steven and Alexander, both with wonderful families of their own; all of whom I never see nearly enough. When not at work or out cycling around the area you’ll likely find me at my second home – Kortright Presbyterian Church – where I have the privilege of serving as Technical Director.

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  1. Dennis,

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog. My blog has moved to my new web page. Visit the new site of my blog, read my post today, then subscribe to my blog and receive all my posts as they are published. My new site is http://claudemariottini.com. The old site, with the ending .org will not be functional after January 1, 2012.

    Claude Mariottni

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