FRAMINGHAM – Wheeler ”Jay” Drayton, Jr, 56, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA, with his wife and mother by his side.
He was born September 22, 1963, in Boston, to the late Wheeler Drayton, Sr, and Karimah (Toon) Rashid. He was a 1982 graduate of Another Course to College High School.
After high school, Jay went on to attend Northeastern University and Franklin Pierce College.
The eldest of seven children, he was the quintessential older brother and took his role very seriously. He paved the way for his siblings with a series of firsts-most notably, he was the first to leave the house for college and his hilarious letters home were an inspiration to them.
Those who knew him best, understood his clever sense of humor and appreciated the great lengths he would go through for a joke or a laugh. He was a business and sales leader and was a mentor to many throughout his long career.
On June 24, 2016 he married the love of his life, Susan Atwood-O’Day. He truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed traveling with Susan, discussing politics, the latest technological advances and perfecting their shared new hobby of photography. Jay and Susan loved to take excursions where Jay captured the beauty of New England through the lens of his camera. Their last adventure was to Maine where they went on a whirlwind trip through Acadia National Park among other places.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; his step daughter Elizabeth Klar and her husband Peter as well as step daughter Lisa Sykes and her husband Blake. He is also the proud Grandfather of Annabelle and Zoey Sykes. Additionally, he is survived by his mother Karimah Rashid, siblings Hakim Rashid, Shamikhah Baker (Wilton Baker), Aatiyah Rashid (Richard Noseworthy), Qusayy Rashid, Naimah Rashid, Sufiah Rashid and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Jay touched are invited to the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech Street in Framingham, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, to reminisce, smile, grieve, and support each other