Who is Sandy Gray?
Alexander James (Sandy) Gray was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1927. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School for Boys, where his father was senior Master of Mathematics. He studied piano and became an accomplished pianist and organist.
On leaving school in 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and then transferred to Royal Marine Commando. On demobilisation in 1947 he went to Aberdeen University to study Medicine where he met his future wife, Moira. They were married just after he graduated in 1953. While at university, he composed the music for three student revues.
He was very much a people person and decided to become a General Practitioner, first of all in a traineeship and then for nine years in a single handed practice in Burnley, Lancashire. During this time his sons, Neil and Iain were born.
Life as a General Practitioner in the National Health Service was not very lucrative and Burnley was an industrial town, and so in 1967 the family emigrated to Tasmania, first of all to Cygnet and then to Evandale. He was very much a countryman at heart and as a boy spent a lot of time at his grandfather Murray’s farm in Midmar, Aberdeenshire. The practice in Evandale was perfect for him as it was it was a farming area and he could relate well to his patients.
He retired in 1986 and died in 2001.
His favourite tipples were whisky and gin.
The tradition continues with the Gray family producing Tasmanian whisky and Tasmanian gin and maintaining the pursuit of excellence that Sandy Gray extolled.