Glenn Stephen McCray, a musician and a Montclair resident, died on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. He was 68. 

Mr. McCray was born in New York City in 1953, the first-born of Margaret and the late Frank McCray Jr.

He spent his childhood in East Orange, where he developed many lifelong friends and became a Cub Scout. He attended the East Orange Public Schools, including East Orange High School, until his family moved to Montclair and he transferred to Montclair High School.  

Mr. McCray studied accounting at the University of the District of Columbia and worked for many years in the printing business. 

SAVE MONTCLAIR LOCAL: We need your support, and we need it today. The journalism you value from Montclair Local, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, depends on the community's support — we exist because the old model of selling ads alone just can't fund journalism at the level we endeavor to provide. That's why you've seen other local newsrooms cut back staff or shut down entirely. Montclair Local was created because we believe that's unacceptable; the community's at its best when triumphs are celebrated, when power is held to account, when diverse lived experiences are shared — when the community is well-informed.

Montclair is seeking to raise $230,000 from donors, members and grantors between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 to put us on firm footing for 2022, and continue supporting the hard work of our journalists into the new year and beyond. Visit to see how we're doing and make your contribution.

He was a talented musician who loved many genres of music, from rock to blues to R&B to gospel.  He learned to play the guitar, French horn and keyboard.  

He played guitar in several bands through the years and was part of the music ministry at various churches, most recently at Soulwinners Glorious Assembly in East Orange.

One of Mr. McCray’s favorite pastimes was playing Scrabble, which he played daily with his mother.  He was also a talented artist who enjoyed sketching and working with pastels and charcoal. 

He is survived by his mother, Margaret (McCants) McCray; his son, Matthew; his sisters, Janis (Ricky) Schenck, Alison (Tony) Mahone, and Cecily (Gary) Garris; his nieces, Jillian (Davren) Noble, Jaiden Mahone, Kyleigh Noble and Brielle Williams; his nephews, Ryan Schenck, Darin Schenck, Alex Garris, Brandon Garris and Zachias Noble; his canine nephew, Champ, and a host of other beloved family members and friends.

Mr. McCray was preceded in death by his father, Frank McCray Jr.

Visiting is Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals, 62 Grove St., with a funeral service at 11 at the funeral home chapel.