James Gray, who served as Mayor of Manalapan five times during his fifteen years on the Township Committee, died on July 24. He was 76.
Gray spent eight years as the Clerk of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders before retiring in 2010. He previously served as Director of Administration for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities from 1995 to 2002.
He was elected to the Manalapan Township Committee in 1983, defeating incumbent Richard Sharkey by more than 400 votes. He was re-elected in 1986 by over 500 votes, and in 1989 by about 530 votes. Gray won by over 2,000 votes in 1992 and by 1,300 votes in 1995.
Gray lost his bid for re-election to a sixth term in 1998. Stuart Moskovitz and Mary Cozzolino defeated Gray and Committeeman John McKenna by about 1,150 votes.
He is survived by his wife, Jane, two sons, and two grandchildren.
Another son, Christopher, died in the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He was 32. Gray was a member of the Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial Committee and vice chairman of the New Jersey 9/11 Commission.
A memorial service will be held at the Manalapan Township Municipal Building at 11 AM on August 3.