James ‘Jim’ Edward Bray
May 04, 1937 ‒ September 03, 2021
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.