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Pedestrian killed on Rohnert Park street identified as Marin County man

Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 12:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 5:59 p.m.

Terry Gray told his sister and granddaughter he would be right back, and walked away from the movie theater to grab a pack of cigarettes.

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Terry Gray.

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He never returned.

Gray, 54, of Point Reyes Station, was struck by a Ford Escape on Friday evening in Rohnert Park while trying to cross Rohnert Park Expressway near Redwood Drive.

“We are all really in shock right now,” said Linda Sturdivant, his partner of nearly 17 years. “He was the rock of his family. He is going to be really missed, especially here.”

Gray was trying to cross five lanes of traffic when the collision occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m. Friday, Rohnert Park Police Sgt. Dale Utecht said. He was nowhere near a crosswalk, Utecht said.

The name of the driver is not being released because the collision is still under investigation, Utecht said.

Rohnert Park Expressway near the collision was closed for more than four hours Friday night while police investigated.

Gray, a retired carpenter, had been looking forward to a weekend visit with his granddaughter, Sturdivant said. An avid cook, he left pork chops marinating on the stove to barbecue when they returned, she said.

Born in Costa Mesa, Gray moved to Northern California when he was 2 and went to Tomales High School, Sturdivant said. He was well known in west Marin County, where he built many homes, working for several construction companies until the aches and pains of carpentry forced him to retire about five years ago, she said.

“He was a giving person. He didn't have a bad bone in his body,” Sturdivant said. “He loved everybody.”

A big fan of the San Francisco Giants, Gray played in an adult baseball league in west Marin County in his 40s. When the team didn't have money for their uniforms, Gray bought the uniforms for them, Sturdivant said.

Money was tight after retirement, so Gray worked odd jobs around town, walking dogs, fixing shingles and doing yard work, “anything he could do to make a little bit of money,” Sturdivant said.

He fulfilled a dream in 2011, saving up $2,000 to go skydiving. He also relished trips abalone hunting with his two younger brothers, she said.

In addition to his partner, Sturdivant, he is survived by brothers Mike McIsaac, of Inverness Park, and Buddy McIsaac, of Santa Rosa; sister Debra Gray, of Point Peyes Station; daughters Laura Gray of Reno, and Diana Gray of San Jose; seven grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

Services are pending.

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