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Veterans Outreach Center founder Tom Cray has died

photo courtesty of Lindsay Cray

A key figure in local efforts to help Vietnam and other veterans has died. Tom Cray died Friday at the age of 67.

It was disclosed in January that he was suffering from brain cancer.  His daughter Lindsay had noted at the time that her father served two tours in Vietnam and when he came home to Rochester he worked with government agencies to establish services for veterans.

The D&C reported that the Lyons native counseled veterans for a group called the Veterans Outreach Project and in 1981 oversaw the incorporation of the nonprofit Veterans Outreach Center which he led until his retirement from the organization in 2010.

According to his obituary, calling hours will be held Wednesday, 4 – 8 pm at Falvo’s Funeral Home in Webster, and a celebration of Tom Cray’s life will be held November 18 at the MCC Theater at 11 am.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.