To the family of Raymond Dobratz,My son,Michael Foster,just received the Raymond Dobratz scholarship at Old Saybrook High School. I am so thankful for this gift that he has received in your loved one's name. It is especially meaningful to our family because Mr Dobratz was a Union man...just like my father..Michael's grandfather. I am so sorry for your loss and for the loss of the other men who died that awful day. Just know that Michael greatly appreciates this and promises to put it to good use at Porter and Chester this July. God bless you all,Karen Foster
Well, it has been just over 4 months since you left us....Seems so odd not seeing you around..Life sure seems unfair to have a family that loses it's men so early in life..Your dad Ray Sr. at 38 my dad Gary at 48 and you at 58. Wish I had taken the time to thank you when you were here, but I will always be grateful for the way you took me under your wings after my father died and had me follow in both of your footsteps.. My dad taught me the trade that I love to this day and the day you brought me into Local 777 where I could make the most of what I had learned. Because of the two most influencial men in my life I am what I am today.Endless articles I have read about you in the past few months have motivated me to take my first Head Coaching job this year with Maddie's softball team and to volunteer with Parks and Rec.
I will forever miss and adore the greatest uncle to walk the face of the earth.
Mrs. Dobratz, Please give me a call one of these days so we can talk a little bit more that we have been able. I think of you often. Love, from our family to yours.
Ray, I knew you many years at work and socially. You were a great person. My thoughts go out to your family at this unfortunate time. I'll miss laughing and joking with you.
JUST TO REMIND each of you.. We are thinking of you and you forever will be in our prayers....
ray you will not be forgottten and missed i meet you & your son 3yrs ago at middle town highschool ,it didnt take long to see that you were a good man , father , and leader . my deepest sympathies to the dobratz's family ." Brydell Bailey"
Dear "P", Erik, David & Matt,
After reading 15 pages of condolences, we are all the more impressed by the number of people whom Ray touched with his wonderful love and spirit. Anyone was lucky to be able to call him their friend; we were truly blessed to share his love for over thirty years. We pray that his memories and undying love will bring you eventual peace.
Paula - I am very sorry for your loss. Obviously, he was a great guy and a wonderful husband, father. My prayers are with him, you and your family.
Paula and Family:
Thinking of you and hoping fond memories of Ray will carry you through this difficult time.
Sincerely, Diane McNamara
Dear Paula and Family,
We were away for the past two weeks and heard about Ray's passing while we were in Florida. Words just cannot express how sad we all are for your loss. Please know that we have been thinking and praying for you and your family. We'll always remember you and Ray as the first ones in our "Wednesday night group".
Art and Maura Vercillo
We were so saddened to hear of Ray's passing. Such a vibrant, active man does not fade away...he will be with you, your sons, and other family members forever. We are amazed and astonished at just how many lives he touched and had a positive influence on. What a man!
May time soon replace your current grief with the many, many wonderful memories you must have of your life together.
Be gentle on yourself during this difficult time.
Love Dee-Ann, Peter & Jeff
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mr Dobratz as they lay you to sleep today, please know you have affected so many peoples lives in so many ways..as a Grandfather, father, co-worker, friend, Coach, that you inspired many, as so many looked up to you. Your strong will and fire i could feel at the young age on the playing fields. Anyone could see the passion in your eyes with anything that you touched.. you will be forever known as a community-family man, who put everyone before himself and that is the sign of a true man.. You did everything out of love and the willingness to help others..Thank you for touching my life and so many others..
We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. May you find comfort in your memories of your husband, dad, granddad. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve and Chris Collier
Dear Paula and Family,
On behalf of all the coaches, commissioners, Brother Elks, ER's & NG's, and members of our community, I would like to thank you for letting us share Ray's life. He gave all of us so much.
Ray will be missed, but never forgotten.
We send our deepest sympathies to the Dobratz and Heck family.
John,Pat,Tom and Pam Pappas
Elaine and Mike Page
Mary Ann and Lyle Menard
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.
Charlie and Nancy Scanlon
To the Dobratz family,
Our community, the democratic town committee is indebted to your family for the committment put forth by Ray. We hope there is some consolation that his presence made the world brighter for all of us, and we are better because of his contributions.
We wish the best to you at this difficult time, and in the future.
Dear matt and family our deepest sympathy is with you all at this time of your loss may all your wonderful memories give you strength please know we are thinking of you love to all Phil and Deb Rutty.
Paula and Family,
You are all in our Thoughts and Prayers at this time. May Ray's spirit always be with you all.
Sue & John Jankovich, Clinton CT
(VNACHC employee and Member of Local 777)
Matt and family we are so sorry for your loss you will be in our thoughts through these difficult times take care love to all Phil and Deb Rutty
Paula and kids, I'm so sorry, I have may great memories of all of us on those baseball fields, You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
He loved his wife, children and grandchildren so much. He was a wonderful man...He could light up a room...he had the best sense of humor! He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Fred and Cookie Robertson
Ray was a true gentlemen, that talked very proudly of his family while on the job. He treated his fellow tradesmen like gentlemen, and always offered a helping hand. I am very honered to have met Ray and his son on the jobsite at middletown high school. I am so sorry for your loss, we will all miss ray. Ray , thank you for being an honoralable husband,father,and friend.
Paula & family,
It was so good to see you and Ray again this past holiday season. I can not believe I has been 20 years since I met you at the bank then the rest of the family. This came as such a shock but I know those wonderful boys of yours will take care of there Mom and you will all pull together during the trying years to come. I have wonderful memories of you all from both the bank and Food Bag. You are all in my thoughts and prayers
Dear Erik and Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of your father. May you and your family find peace and love in the memories you cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Paula and your Wonderful Family;
Words cannot express how I feel about your loss. I am so deeply saddened for you and your family.
Dear Dobratz Family,
My wife Debbie, son Ricky, daughter Heather and I were shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic accident that took Ray from us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We live in Cheshire so we only knew Ray as a fellow Westbrook Elk and never got to know him outside of the Lodge. I had the honor and pleasure to serve with Ray on the Westbrook Board of Trustees for two years. In an atmosphere of diverse ideas and desires his leadership helped us focus to win various National Elk awards and increase membership. Ray’s smile and friendly nature brought us all together for a common cause and his leadership will be missed by all. I’ll never forget his honesty, integrity, kindness, thoughtfulness and loyalty.
In deepest sympathy,
Rick Harrington and Family
Dear Dobratz Family,
We are deeply saddened to hear of tragedy that took Ray from your family and our Brotherhood of Elks.
I will always remember the way Ray brightened a room when he entered. His smile was infectious, his gentle nature was disarming and his hard work and spirit of get-it-done will long be an inspiration and remembered by all of us. We are the better for having known him.
We will sorely miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
In deepest sympathy.
With my deepest sympathies to both the Dobratz and Heck families for your tragic loss.
May it bring you some peace to know that another angel has his wings and will be watching over all of you.
Dear Dobratz Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the tragedy in the loss of your husband and father.
Although I never had the honor of working with Ray in his profession, those that did will certainly miss his leadership and gentle manner.
I knew Ray from the Westbrook Elk's where he demonstrated dedication and leadership in so many ways. I and so many others in our Lodge looked forward to just being around such a positive influence and kind man. We will miss Ray for all he has done for our Lodge and will always be indebted to your family for sharing his time to make our Lodge a better place for all of us.
For those who didn't know Ray, they were deprived of a very kind and gentle man. My deepest sympathies to your family.
Dear Dobratz family,I'm very sorry for your loss,Ray was always a real nice guy to me and always would say hello when i would see him,he had a great sense of humor,I'll remember the fun we had in little league and softball on and off the field.
To the family and friends of Ray Dobratz,
There are no words that could possibly convey how sorry we are for you all except to say that we understand your devastation. Our hearts are broken and they break for you too.
May God bless you.
The Thomas-Crabb Family
Having seen so much tragedy and loss in my work I know that there is nothing I or anyone can do or say to make this easier for you or your family.
However, I also know that you and your boys have the love and support of each other that will get you through this.
Although I never met Ray or the boys, you made it evident by our many conversations about them that you shared a wonderful love of life and family. Rays zest for life will continue through you and the boys as well as the many lives he touched.
If we can be of any help to you or your family please don’t hesitate to let us know. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Gene and Robbie Bagnoli
Erik & Family,
I'm very sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your father and husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I am so sorry!
Many blessings of Peace to you and yours.
Paula and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the terrible loss of your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
With my deepest sympathies~
To Ray Dobratz Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ray, My thoughts of him and his family growing up in the neighborhood are nothing but the best.
I sure wish time wouldn't have made us so far apart as we grow older.
God bless ya'll in your time of grief.
I met you and your wife, Paula...At Ragged Rock Marina! I enjoyed your company! I have known your son, Matt, as he was always "My Country Boy" He was at my house many times and he graduated with my daughter Vicki. I know Sara and Lily. I grew grape tomatoes for Lily and hung them on their mailbox. All of you are a wonderful memory. My heart goes out to all of you! Paula
To the Dobratz family, on behalf of the entire Berlin Police Commission we send our sincere condolences for the passing of Ray. Although we never had the honor to meet Ray we know that he was a true friend, volunteer and family man. Ray was a devoted volunteer to the Town of Old Saybrook with the many years of service as a coach and mentor along with his enduring love to make the quality of life for his entire community the best he could. He has succeeded in his endeveavor and will never be forgotten as long as there is family, sports and America. Ray was an individual that many of us looked up to and idolized in so many ways. Now is the time celebrate Ray's life and to look back at all the memories and lives he has touched in one way or another. Because of his dedication and love for volunteering in as many ways as he did, he has inspired so many of us to give back to our own community just the way he did.
The Berlin Police Commission
Bob Peters, Joe Annunziata, Rich Rampone, Paul Eshoo and Tony Letizio
To the Dobratz Family
My family is sadded that this tradegy took your loved one's life. You will all be in our prayers.
Carla and Dan Foley
To the Dobratz family im so sry for your loss i met ray once i was with my cossin don champion im also a member of local 777 a plumber and work for tucker mech. i never had the honer of working with ray but he was very respected through our local and a great leader for us younger and inexperienced guys he will be deeply missed todd archer
Dear Paula and family,
We were so very sorry to hear such sad news. Hopefully the coming together of friends, townspeople, and family will help you all to know that Ray was a wonderful person who touched so many people. He truly shined. Peace to you all.
Paula and family - I was so shocked and deeply upset when I heard about Ray. I know first hand from my brother what a wonderful husband, father and friend he was. He touched the lives of so many people and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
To the Dobratz family: My husband Joe worked for Ray. I never met him, but Joe has always spoken so highly of him and said he was the nicest guy in the world. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss that words can't even explain. May you find the support of families, friends, and strangers who were touched by this help to hold you up during this devastating time.
To the family of Ray Dobratz:
What a shock. Although I had not seen Ray since I moved to Ohio in 1968, I still have many fond memories of playing basketball with Ray and other kids from the Cass St neighborhood in the Dobratz driveway. And who will ever forget sledding down the Scott St hill behind Wrucks house in the winter time. I moved back to Connecticut in 1970, but never connected with Ray after my Cass St days. Unfortunately we lose track of each other as we live our lives, but it was a joy to view the photo tribute to Rays life. Obviously he was part of a wonderful family all these years. My deepest condolences to you all. I pray that all the wonderful memories you have of your years spent with Ray will sustain you through this time. Even though the Lord has brought him home, those memories live on, as does the Spirit which he brought into your family.
God Bless you all, our prayers are with you.
Bruce and Debbie (Duell) Fogg
We were so sorry to hear of this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dear Paula AND boys,
Our love and prayers are with you.
Barb and Jan Wilcox
Dear Paula and Family -
I am truly shocked and saddened to read this very sad news. Please accept my condolences and know you and your family will remain in my prayers and thoughts. Lovingly, Maria Lombardo
We send our prayers and thoughts to you at this time of sorrow. As you go forward his memory will live in you. As they say in our church, "May his memory be eternal.
We enfold you in the hugs our love. May God bless Ray's soul and give you the strength to carry on.
Love, The Topodas family -- Elaine, Jonathan, Dean and Leya
We were shocked and sorry to hear of your loss. We will never forget the sorrow and loss caused by this tradgedy.
Matt and family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss, although I only knew your father through fishing he was always around with a smile and kind word when we docked. He will surely be missed but his legacy will live forever!
I am so sorry to hear about your dad, I know how close you all were. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tina Hallback Shea
Dear Paula, and Family,
The Passing of Ray is a true shame. I have worked on projects with Ray many times in years past. A nicer man would be hard to come by.
Always taking time for a handshake, a hello, and a great big smile. I will miss your Raymond very much. I Pray that you will all be surrounded by God, Family and Friends in your time of need.
My Thoughts, Prayers and Love go out to you.
KevinT. Daly L.U#611
To all of the Dobratz family, My husband is a member of local777 and has known Ray for many years, he fortunately was not there that day but is devestated by the loss of Ray and all others who have been affected by this. May you all find peace thru this time, our prayers are with you,RIP Ray
To the Dobratz family-I did not know Ray, but my heart breaks for all of you with this senseless tragedy. He clearly was a wonderful man who touched many lives. Draw strength from each other and make sure to lean on friends and family who offer help. He will always be watching over all of you. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
We are so saddened to hear of Ray's passing. He was a large, piece of the glue that held our community together over all these years and we thank his family for sharing him with all of us. We will miss this wonderful, quiet and sweet man and pray you will find comfort in knowing how much he was loved by so many.
DEAR PAULA & FAMILY
I knew Ray from the Westbrook Elk's, I wish I would of meet him years ago, Friendly, out going, and it was My pleasure to had known him. He touched alot of People with LOVE.
Please accept my Condolences.
Ray was the best foreman i have ever worked for in my 14 years in the union...one of the smartest guys...but very unassuming...never cocky...he never threw his power around...always helpful and prepared..on and off the job an all around great guy...he will be missed but never forgotton...Dave if ur reading this my heart is broken...so sorry for ur loss...Rick Bruno.
Dear Paula & family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of saddness. I was blessed to know Ray and spend many fun times with him and your family. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to know him. With sincere sympathy and love, Brian May
Dear Paula,,and family,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Ray was such a wonderful man. The love that you shared beamed from both of you when I saw you together and also when you would talk about himat work.
I know that God will help all of you as you journey through this time.
Our prayers are with you.
Lisa, Joey and Megan Gradzewicz
I was Marie Heck's lifelong neighbor & knew Ray through Chris & Mike. My thoughts & prayers are with the family in this terrible time. Please accept my condolences. Christine Albino-Graham
To Ray's family- Ray was a very good friend of mine in high school. He was one of the best friends that you could ask for.I moved to Florida in 1980 so I lost contact with him. I'm so sorry to read about the accident. Please accept my condolences.
Coconut Creek, FL
To the Dobratz Family,
Ray' compassion touched many lives including children and athletes in sports. Ray was a true coach and friend.He will be remenbered by all the people who knew him including our family. We enjoyed his friendship and will miss him very much. Let us know if there is anything we can do at this time of sorrow.Thinking of all of you.
Hal, Connie, Scott & Crystal Farrington
To Raymond's Family,
I did not know Raymond or the family, but my family and I would like to express our sympathy and let you know that we feel your pain.
My husband, who was also 58, was killed on the Quinnipiac job on November 13, 2009. This is yet another senseless tragedy that makes us wish we could turn back time and put our men at a different place on that terrible day.
You are beginning a journey of grief that you must travel through, and I wish you the comfort of family and friends to take you on this long, sorrowful journey. You cannot do this alone.
Our hearts ache for you, and our prayers will be that you can find the strength you need at this sad time.
Perhaps some day we could meet or talk and help each other as we find our way without the men we love.
Dear Paula and boys, I am so sorry for your loss. You are a beautiful family and my heart goes out to you all. Paula, You are in my prayers.. Thinking of you.
Love, Brooke A.
Sorry for your loss. We used to live in Old Saybrook, in the 1980's, and my ex-husband used to also coach for a soccer team, and our son, Eric, was in Erik's class.
My heart goes out to Paula and her family. There is no way to express my profound sympathy to you all. Paula, you are in my prayers and in my heart.
Dear Donratz Family,
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
2 CORINTHIANS 1:3,4
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Dear Paula, we heard on the 11:00p.m. news Sunday night. We are so sorry for the loss of your husband Ray. Please know we are thinking of you and your family. Sheila and MaryLou
To the Dobratz Family,
I was very shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic accident.
He was a good man, a great husband and Father who I will remember.
I offer my heartfelt condolences and pray that God lessens your suffering.
Dearest Paula and family,
I was so saddened to hear on the news last night about the loss of Ray. I hope that all your friends and family will be a comfort to you in this time of grief. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Family and friends will keep you going when you don't have the strength to go on! He was a wonderful man who touched many lives, especially mine. May God give you peace.
Paula and family,
I was devastated to hear about your husband. What a terrible tradegy and a shameless loss. My deepest condolences to you and your boys. May God give you the strength to get through this horrific time in your lifes. God bless all of you today and for all of your tomorrows.
Paula Colavolpe (VNA)
My thoughts and prayers are with Ray and his family
We were so saddened to hear about Ray. We send our deepest sympathies to you, Paula, and to your family. Marty and Sue Ladd
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.