Thomas Cray, founder of the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester and a Vietnam Veteran, has died.
His doctors believed his brain cancer was linked to Agent Orange exposure during his two tours in Vietnam.
Cray, 67, founded the Veterans Outreach Center after his time in the Navy. He directed the center for nearly 40 years.
"Tom Cray served his brother and sister veterans in Monroe County with intensity and passion," said Todd Baxter, former executive director of the center. "Tom pushed this community out of our comfort zone when taking care of veterans was not popular. Because of Tom, the Veterans Outreach Center was born and is now the oldest local non-profit in America serving veterans. Tom will never be replaced and will always be remembered."
Calling hours are Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Falvo Funeral Home in Webster.
A celebration of Cray's life will be held at Monroe Community College's theater at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Coyote Veteran Wilderness Rehabilitation program.