James ‘Jim’ Edward Bray

May 04, 1937 ‒ September 03, 2021

Marion, Ohio

James “Jim” Edward Bray, age 84, of Marion, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at Presidential Care Center.

Jim was born on May 4, 1937 in Marion, Ohio to the late John M. and Anne (Quinn) Bray.  He attended St. Mary Grade School and graduated from St. Charles High School.  He continued his education at St. Charles College where he studied Philosophy.  Jim later attended Xavier University in Cincinnati where he received a Master’s in Education and Guidance Counseling.

Jim found his calling at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus where he was hired by the founding Principal, Msgr. Bernedt.  Here he taught Latin, Religion, English and Math. Later in his 35 year career, he became the Senior Guidance Counselor. He helped more than 5,000 students for more than 30 years get accepted into colleges across the Country, enroll in the Armed Forces and find jobs that suited their talents. While working for St. Francis DeSales, Jim was the Varsity Golf Coach, Key Club Moderator, and served on several committees over the years including, High School Advisory Boards for The Ohio State University and Ad Hoc Committees for ACT and was a chartered member of the Columbus Suburban College Fair.

 Jim was a family man.  He enjoyed attending every family reunion and was sure to be spotted taking videos and photos.  Spending time with his many nieces and nephews was a must and usually involved movie nights at the family home of North Greenwood Street.

In younger years, Jim enjoyed traveling across the United States and Canada.  He especially enjoyed The Kentucky Derby with his friends.  Being a handyman, Jim always took time to help his family with home improvement projects and remodeled many homes.

Above all, Jim was Faithful.  He was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion.  Here, he volunteered helping those in need at St. Vincent de Paul.

Jim will be missed by his sisters, JoAnn Bray of Marion, Mary Therese Bray Burke of Marion and Sister Rita Bray C.S.C. of The Saint Mary’s Convent in Notre Dame, Indiana; along with countless nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family members, friends and the Flaherty Family in Columbus.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brothers, Patrick (Shirley) Bray and Brother Paul Bray C.S.C.; and brother-in-law, Edmund Burke.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel (347 West Center St., Marion) on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 10 until 11 am.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church at 11:15 with Father Kyle Tennant presiding.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Jim’s honor to: the Sisters of The Holy Cross Ministry with the Poor, St. Francis DeSales High School or Masses at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Jim’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Try amend and gentle man. He helped me enter and win national and regional writing contests while I was at DeSales and that heaped pay my way through college.
    My family thought highly of him as did every kid I went to school with at St Francis DeSales High School – bar none.
    Godspeed, Jim Bray from the entire Class of 1974 DHS.

    • He was truly a kind and gentle man.
      He helped me enter and win national and regional writing contests which helped pay my way through college.
      My family thought highly of him as did every kid I knew at St Francis DeSale High School – bar none.
      Godspeed, Mr Bray from the entire Class of 1974.
      I was the senior class president so I make this week Jim Bray week in gratitude to his life of dedicated service.

  • We are so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a close friend of mine, a Latin teacher to Patty and a guidance counselor to both Rob and Shelli. He touched so many lives and we were blessed that he was in ours.

  • I have fond memories of this gentle man who guided so many students to follow their dreams after high school. Because of Mr Bray’s ability to look at my academic strengths and listen to how I envisioned serving the world, I owe my 42 year career as a Physical Therapist to his expert guidance. May he rest in eternal peace! DeSales class of 1975.

  • I thought so highly of Mr. Bray!
    Four years of Latin with him. I was not his best student. However, I always admired his abilities as a teacher.
    During the Reunion years, I always asked about our teachers. Mr. Bray was at the top of the list

    At 65 years of age, anytime I hear the term “romance language” or, would take special note of a word from Business Law to a menu, I would look for the Latin root and ALWAYS think of Mr. Bray.

    Will light a candle for him at Mass.

    God bless his soul.

  • I remember mr, bray from de sales high school.he was a good man.may he rest in peace.may he live on in the memories of those who knew and loved him.mary Ellis kibler,class of 1966

  • Jim helped so many students and faculty members during his years at DHS. He was a very kind and giving gentleman. May he Rest In Peace.

  • To the Family and Friends of Jim Bray

    On behalf of the students, faculty, administration, alumni and parents of Saint Francis DeSales High School please accept our condolences on the passing of this wonderful man. Jim was an exceptional educator, mentor , colleague and friend who performed his vocational call to serve with great love and care. He was a gentle soul who touched thousands with the love of Christ. Saint Francis DeSales High School and our world were made better by his presence.

    All who interacted with Jim will remember his brilliance, his gentle way, and his deep care. Jim made every person that he spoke to feel valued; furthermore, he personified what it meant to be a Servant Leader. He was without question one of the iconic and critical pieces to SFD’s standing as a school of excellence.

    One of the greatest measures of success is when a person leaves those around him or her better as a result of working with them. That captures the essence of Jim Bray. He made each of us better for having worked with him. Eternal rest grant to him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him.

    Peace and God’s Blessings
    Dan Garrick
    Saint Francis DeSales High School

  • Of all my high school teachers Mr Bray was my favorite. I even took Latin as my language at Marquette University!

  • Patrick Rossetti, the Principal of Desales High School, hired me in the Fall of 1987 to be Jim’s secretary. I had been home for 10 years with my twin daughters, Jean and Justine. Jim advised them on their college choices and they both graduated from John Carroll University..cum laude. He was such a smart, wise, nice, kind, wonderful man. He was a joy to work for. He taught me the job very patiently. We were a good team in the guidance department. As the Director of Guidance and counselor, he cherished each and every student he advised and they would return after graduating to thank him. Just an exceptional person. God grant him eternal rest.

  • Jim’s obituary recited most, but not all of who he was and what he did for others. I enjoyed my time working with him at DeSales.

    John Duffy

  • Brother Jim ,
    “Quiet;y, peacefully may Jim rest in you.
    Quietly, peacefully bring Jim home to you.”
    Your loving sister Rita

  • I learned of Mr. Bray’s passing last evening prior to the football game at DeSales. I was deeply saddened. Mr. Bray was my Latin teacher for 4 years. He was by far one of my favorite teachers. Mostly quiet and serious, Mr. Bray also had a sense of humor. He made Latin interesting and fun. Even though I graduated in 1973, I have often thought of Mr. Bray over the years. My condolences to his family and close friends.