Celebrating Bill Grayby Representative Chaka Fattah
Posted on 2013-07-15
in the house of representatives
Monday, July 15, 2013
Mr. FATTAH. Mr. Speaker, I submit the following letters regarding
District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 10, 2013.
Congressman Chaka Fattah: I was deeply saddened upon learning of the untimely passing of Congressman William H. Gray, III, which occurred on July 1, 2013. Congressman Gray had a dynamic and overwhelming personality that touched the lives of thousands of people through his endless humanitarian efforts.
My life was personally touched by Congressman Gray, when he appointed me to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. I also owe my military career in a large part to him.
Our nation has loss one of its finest and distinguished senior statesmen. Congressman Gray was the epitome of a political, religious, and civic leader. He made an indelible impact on the hearts and minds of everyone whose lives he touched. He lived his life striving to improve the quality of life for all mankind. Let this be a living testament to his distinguished legacy.
Congressman Gray was also blessed with a wonderful wife and fine sons. He had the support of the Bright Hope Baptist Church Family of Philadelphia, various political colleagues and brethren in the ministry, and many friends.
I extend my deepest condolences to his family. My prayers and thoughts will continue to be with them.
Sincerely, R. Seth Williams, District Attorney, City of Philadelphia.
____ A Tribute to Congressman William H. Gray (By Hon. Robert A. Brady, July 8, 2013) Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor my friend and Congressman, Bill Gray. Reverend Gray was an historic figure in Philadelphia and in this country. His contributions to this nation are well known to all of us. So, I'd like to take a moment and just focus on his impact in my own life.
Bill represented my community in the House for many years. He was one of my most important mentors and supporters as I rose through ranks in Philadelphia politics. I was a ward leader in his district, and was proud to return his support every two years. I leaned on Bill for his wise counsel on how to serve my constituents. He helped me to be a better ward leader, a better party chair, and a better congressman. But, the best counsel I got from Bill was not professional advice. His best advice was about how to be a better father and a better husband while doing this job. He demonstrated that philosophy by his close business relationship with his son, who was by his side at almost every meeting.
During our frequent dinners, Bill would make sure I understood that I had to get back to Philadelphia as much as I can. He told me to put my family and my neighborhood first and to make sure that I didn't ever forget why I came to Washington in the first place.
Bill never lost his love for Philadelphia. He and I were working together until the last weeks of his life. He was doing all he could to help our Free Libraries, to build jobs at Comcast and to protect the people of his beloved North Philadelphia.
Mr. Speaker, Philadelphia, this country and this House will be much poorer for Bill Gray's passing. I urge my colleagues to join the entire Pennsylvania delegation in honoring him today.