Glenn G. Mabray, 78, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the husband of Joyce A. (White) Mabray.
Mr. Mabray was an avid athlete where in the mid 50’s he was a member of South Providence’s championship teams: John Flynn’s Junior Police Squad (1954), and Richardson Park Team (1955 – 1956). His love of sports followed him to high school, graduating from LaSalle Academy in 1957 where he played football and ran track. He then attended the University of RI where he continued to play football. He was an Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. After the service, he went on to be the former director of the South Side Boys Club in Providence where it was important to him to give back to the community and develop future athletes. Mr. Mabray relocated to Washington, DC were he became a Federal government employee of the Foreign Service and State Department for over 20 years. During his 20 year career, he held positions in Central and South America before his 1980 appointment as the Second Secretary and Personnel Officer at the US Embassy in Bridgetown Barbados, including Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana and Surinam. He then went on to have the same position in Lagos, Nigeria. Once he retired in 1989 he went on to consult for the State Department and participated in setting up the US Embassies in other locations throughout the world. During his prestigious career he was awarded the Key to the City of Providence by the former Mayor Joseph Paolino, the Key to the city of Warwick by former Mayor Joseph Walsh and received numerous medals from the U.S. Department of State including the “Secretary’s Career Achievement Award” and the ” Meritorious Honor Award.
Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Colleen M. Ramos and her husband Kim, two grandchildren, Joshua G. Viera and Matthew P. Willis and one sister, Joyce Pona. He was the son of the late Deacon James G. Mabray, Sr. and Germaine S. (Sims) Mabray. He was the brother of the late James G. Mabray, Jr., Barbara Shaw, Delores Varella, Cleo J. Lopez and Lois A. Gomes. He was the uncle of 10 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
His funeral service and visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a service to follow at 12:00 PM. Burial will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery. A repast will be held at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center, 329 Grosvenor Avenue, East Providence, RI.