Bob Gray, Senior Vice President of Communications for Central Recovery, 57, died on October 15, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a long illness.
Utilizing his three decades of management and marketing experience, over twenty years of it in addiction and mental health, Bob held numerous leadership roles with Central Recovery and its family of companies since 2006. At the time of his passing, he directed the strategic corporate marketing and communications policies for the parent company and for Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC).
Bob proudly served as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Foundation for Recovery, Inc., a public charity, which seeks to make recovery from addiction more available and remove barriers to addiction recovery. He was the recipient of the Foundation’s highest award, “The Brick,” at its 2015 Gala and Awards Ceremony.
In addition to his duties at Central Recovery, Bob was Publisher of Central Recovery Press (CRP). His guiding philosophy and approach to publishing instilled the belief that CRP is a recovery company first and a publishing company second—a belief reflected in every aspect of the Press’s operation.
A devoted member of the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Fellowship, Bob was nineteen years old when he entered recovery on August 13, 1977. He came into NA at a time when the twelve-step fellowship was in its infancy, and he worked with other members to develop Narcotics Anonymous (the Basic Text of NA) in the early 1980s, as well as other literature pieces and service manuals.
Bob was much loved by NA members and non-members from around the world. His deep commitment to carrying the message of hope, his quick-wit and sense of humor, and his dedication to recovery endeared him to those he knew. Bob spoke at numerous conventions and workshops over the years and, at the time of his death, was a member of the World Board of Narcotics Anonymous. His message was simple and echoed the message of NA: “an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live.”
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Shirley Gray; brother, Mark (wife, Susan); nephews, Ryan and Matthew; and fiancé, Maria Scotto.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the American Heart Association and condolence messages may be left at Dignity Memorial.