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Gregory Raye

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Campbell resident Gregory Raye, age 50. The thousands who fill HP Pavilion for Sharks games didn't know Gregory Raye by name. But they knew where Raye, a fan since the team's days at the Cow Palace, sat. And they knew his voice. He sat in section 209, the rowdiest location in the building. And when it came to that group's funny, rude and sometimes profane chants, he was their leader. "He used to like to say, "They say San Jose is the loudest arena in the NHL and we're the loudest section in the arena and I'm the loudest fan in the section, so I must be the loudest fan in the NHL,'' his friend Mike Lawler recalled. Lawler and others in section 209 are adjusting to the fact they will have to get along without their leader.

Raye, an experienced outdoorsman, died on a solo hike in the Sierra earlier this month. His body was found Sept. 1 after his son reported him missing for four days.
Published in Mercury News from Sept. 8 to Sept. 11, 2006
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