The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 22, 2012

Wade W. Gramley


Star Beacon

RALEIGH, N.C. — Wade Windom Gramley, age 50, passed into heaven on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Raleigh, N.C.

He was born on Sept. 23, 1962, a son of the late William Bruce Gramley and Dorothy Lehtinen Gramley Morris and step-father, Russell Morris. Wade graduated in 1980, from Edgewood High School in Ashtabula, Ohio. He received his Associates Degree from Triangle Tech, and a second degree in HVAC from the University of Georgia.

He had a wonderful sense of humor. He was “a northerner with a southern soul” who had a love of BBQ, sausage gravy, the “Crow’s Nest” and college football, especially Penn State University. He was a passionate person, especially in respect to music, trying to attend as many concerts as possible, including 21 in the last year.

His long career in the HVAC began with the encouragement and direction of his step-father and working in his business. Wade enjoyed working for Johnson Controls, York International, Trane and most recently, McQuay.

Wade was very generous and service oriented, he exemplified the motto –“Love what you do and do what you love”! He loved to serve others and was always that person behind the scenes who did not seek the limelight. Above all he was a passionate family man. He was the most awesome husband, father, brother and friend and was adored by so many people.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Roxanna Gramley; and his son and “buddy”, Tyler Gramley, both of Raleigh; his sisters, Julie Glotzbecker and husband (My Brother), Tim of Ashtabula, Ohio and Kathy Lines and husband, Howard of Kingsville, Ohio; his brother, Scott Gramley and wife Gayle; brother-in-law, Jim Wofford and wife Ann of Raleigh; sister-in-law, Janet Whitley and husband Eddie (Got your back) of Charlotte, N.C.; along with Godparents, Jim and Nettie Weidig of Ashtabula, Ohio; including many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will also be deeply missed by longtime friends from childhood and concert goers, Don Fenton of Jacksonville, Fla. and Bruce Robishaw of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; as well as many friends he has met throughout his lifetime and who were impacted by his generous heart.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers, Bruce and Todd Gramley.

Come celebrate Wade’s Life in a casual way, on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, at 2:30 p.m., at his home, 9102 Wellsley Way, Raleigh, N.C.

Services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Ashtabula, Ohio, at a date soon to be determined. Inurnment will follow at the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lions Club of Ashtabula, Ohio or to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ashtabula in Wade’s memory.


The family would like to express their appreciation to the ICU Staff of Raleigh Duke Hospital for their care and compassion.

Condolences and fond memories can be shared with the family at www.MitchellatRMP.com and starbeacon.com.