Gray reunion to reconnect families, in Three Hills, this Canada Day

Billy Gray Patricia 1935

The Gray Family (some spell it Grey), trace their Canadian beginnings to Scottish brothers Robert and William Gray who settled in Canada in 1882 (Robert) and 1888 (William) and were employed by the Hudson Bay Company.

Although both brothers began families, they lost touch with each other and seemed to have gone their separate ways.

In a story that sounds as if it should be taken up as a novel, the two streams have been reconnected in a most surprising way. The Gray Reunion being held in Three Hills, June 30 to July 2, will see 17 of the Robert Grey descendants coming from Kangirsuk and Montreal, Quebec to join the roughly 80 or more of the William branch for a gathering. This will include folks “from the ages of a few weeks old and 85 years old and will include members of all of Canada’s indigenous groups – Inuit, First Nations and Metis.”

Sandi Bezanson-Chan, whose mother was Patricia (nee Gray) and who has shared this story sees significance that this reunion should be taking place on Canada Day with this “uniting” of the many strains that so well speaks of Canada as a country.

The Gray Reunion or Grayfest has been taking since 1964, and in ’73, ’96, 2004, and ’10.

Sandi identified the Three Hills Grays in terms of their connection to herself in these words:

“My relatives living in Three Hills are my cousin Weldon Wilson and his wife Janice, their daughter Adrienne Tetz and her family and my aunt Roberta Bulmer and her husband John.”

With over 100 expected to attend the reunion being held at the Three Hills Campground, it may well be another local story to be covered under Canada Day happenings.