Ray McGeorge, 80, of Denver died June 18, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane; his brother, Ivan; a grandson, Michael McGeorge of Denver, and two great grandchildren. Two sons, Skip and Bryan, granddaughter, Amy, brothers, Homer and Earl and sister, Ruby, predeceased him. Ray was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado. Blinded in an accident as a boy, Ray finished school at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs. He continued on in technical school and worked as a turret lathe operator for Morse Industrials for 40 years. Ray played a major role in the early civil rights movement for the blind, founding the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado in 1955. He broke many employment barriers and shattered stereotypes by demonstrating that a blind man could work successfully as a machinist in an age when blind people were often relegated to jobs in sheltered workshops. Ray was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, but his influence stretched far beyond his family. He touched the lives of countless thousands of people in his work with the National Federation of the Blind. For the past 60 years Ray has been a steadfast leader in promoting justice and equal treatment for blind individuals in the state of Colorado and throughout the nation. His passing is mourned by friends and colleagues across the country. In particular, Ray will be missed as the leader of the Colorado Center for the Blind Senior Program. Seniors who thought their lives had ended when they lost their sight were given hope for the future through Ray's classes in blindness skills and confidence building. We cannot even begin to count the contributions Ray McGeorge has made in working to bring equal treatment for blind people in all walks of life. And, we cannot begin to count the little things we will miss at his passingâ€¦his gentle heart, his generosity, his strength of character, his sense of humor, and his love of life even in the face of adversity. Ray, we will miss you. A service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Mile Hi Church of Religious Science, 9079 W. Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Colorado Center for the Blind, 2233 W. Shepperd, Littleton, CO 80120 or the National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson St., Baltimore, MD 21230.
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Published in The Gazette from June 22 to June 23, 2010