My Name is Norman A. Gray, and I prefer Norm. I was born in Lewiston Maine in 1958, and have been a resident of Auburn my whole life.
I attended St. Louis Catholic School in Auburn until sixth grade, God sent me as a test to those poor, sweet, innocent nuns. Then I attended Auburn public school and graduated with the class of “76”.
In High School, several of my catholic school co-survivors and I decided we needed to look into the new CYO fad in Lewiston, and started our own in Auburn. Many of my CYO friends are still my dearest friends to this day!
I enlisted in the United States Navy in June of 76 and studied Aviation Fundamentals and Hydraulics at NATTC Millington Tennessee, on the outskirts of Memphis. My First duty station was NAS Oceana, in Virginia Beach, Virginia with Fighter Squadron 84, the Jolly Rogers. I spent the next five years working on, in and around F-14 Tomcat fighter jets. We split our time between Sea Duty on board the USS Nimitz, and on shore at Oceana. On the Nimitz, Naples Italy was our European home port. I have fortunate enough to have seen the sun rise and set in the Holy Land, Egypt, Italy, England, France, Greece, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas the Virgin Islands. My career ended in 1981 and I attained an E-5 rank. I enlisted as a young 17 year old boy and the Navy sent home a 22 year old man. I treasure the memories and friends I have gathered from those times, they all helped to make me the man I am today!
My first job after the Navy was as a machinist for Jones and Vining making injection molds for shoe manufacturing.
During the first few years after the Navy, I worked part time as a bouncer at an afterhours club in Turner Maine during the Disco heyday. To make a Very Long and somewhat boring story short, I met my wife Kay at that same club. She was a bartender, and I was a bouncer.
I continued to upgrade my skills and knowledge in the metals trades at various companies throughout central Maine for many years, up to becoming a team leader of 12 millwrights working various mill “shutdowns” throughout the whole state.
I joined the Order in 1984 and have held most third degree offices including Advocate, Warden, Deputy Grand Knight and Grand Knight. I served as District Deputy for both Past State Deputies Bill Meador, and Dale Voisine. And was State youth director for 2 years until my election to State Warden in 2008. I am Currently State Treasurer and look forward to serving you all in the future.