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May 26, 2017
June 16, 2012
Ray was my Kung Fu student from 1992. He will be greatly missed. We must honor him and others who have passed by ending the suffering in this world,
With loving respect, Sifu H.L. Schauer
February 08, 2012
I miss Ray. Now that I'm almost 14 and have met many grown-ups, I see why my mom's friends, my aunt, uncles liked him so much. I still think about the questions he ask me: once at dinner he looked worried and said: “You think Mussina's gonna make it?” I didn't know then that my mom had told him that I thought Mussina should retire. So I got into it, “Yeah”. Then Ray said I guess my favorite guy is Lee Richmond though I'm afraid he plays for Boston… “Richmond?” Here I thought I was the expert! I said: “Richmond?” Ray was like “Lee or Larry Richmond?” So before desert, I snuck into my bedroom to look him up in my encyclopedia and saw that he played in 1901! But this is favorite memory. First, my mom likes to pull up the shades in the morning and say “Let's see what God painted today!” Once she thought I was getting really bored by that so she started saying: Ray says: “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” “Come in get up!” She said that 100 times. After Ray passed my mom told me many things, one was that Ray didn't make up that “daily bread” saying, Emerson did. I didn't know who Emerson was. “A very deep, peaceful and brilliant man like Ray”, I think Ray was quietly cool.
January 30, 2012
Dear Friends of Ray,
There is scheduled today, Jan. 30, 2012, a reading of poems of poets who have passed on featuring several works by Ray Pospisil at the Saturn Series Poetry Reading and Open Mike at Nightingale Lounge at 7pm at 213 Second Ave. in NYC. Ray was a regular at this poetry series for many years and will be remembered in our hearts and through words written by him and some for him as well. He was a kind person and inspiring poet and writer and a dear friend and is greatly missed.
January 28, 2012
Four years ago you left us, way to soon. Miss you. RIP Ray

Karen Pospisil Wenzel
April 20, 2011
"From Bogota to Brooklyn"
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011 MEMORIAL READING
FOR RAY POSPISIL IN HIS HOME TOWN LIBRARY...
ELIZABETH PUBLIC LIBRARY, NJ,
From 2 - 3 PM, 4th Floor Auditorium - FREE
Please come to Ray's hometown and celebrate his work. His book "The Bell" Is now "on the shelf" and we invite you to read his work in the open mike and dedicate this hour to the remembrance of this wonderfully talented writer.
11 South Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202-3486
(908) 354-6060
... DIRECTIONS ... NJ Transit light rail at NY Penn Station takes you directly to Elizabeth (DO NOT get off at North Elizabeth) go to corner and then walk to right close by, across from Court House.
February 07, 2011
It's with deep appreciation, which invigorates my soul (and I believe I speak for many others), and with great sorrow, that I pay my respects to Ray's memory.

He was faithful to the most meaningful aspects of what friendship is supposed to be.

In his work as a journalist, he combed tirelessly through pages and pages, ferreting out the naked facts for the Thursday night deadline.

In his poems (an inspiration and a comfort to us all), he allowed himself no room for anything but truth as he knew it, and meter.

Despite an excess of brilliance and wit, he listened to other poets at the many readings with utmost care and modesty, and however novice or dashed-off the lines were that were read, he meted out only supportive doses of criticism.

A master of dry, understated humor, of the droll, and of self-parody, he let himself experience everything at full throttle, from the heavenly to the mundane.

I've never met anyone as gentle and as kind. To echo Solomon Wise, he was a true gentleman.

"Move on," we commonly hear; or "Get some closure!" When someone passes who so inspires us, why would we want to forget him? Yes, January 28 is a day of sorrow, but like the sunbeams streaming down into Tintern Abbey, this time of year is also, thanks to him, full of grace.
January 27, 2011
Like so many, I feel Ray's loss profoundly, remember him with much love, and am so very grateful for the warmth of his friends and family over the past three years, many of whom have contributed here. Wanted to share a photo I took just this morning of the church that inspired Ray's poem, "The Bell". Living nearby, I pause to listen most Sunday mornings, the bell still ringing a little before nine.
January 27, 2011
Ray, you were a wonderful colleague and human being. There needs to be more Ray Pospisils in this world. You are missed. Bob M., Henderson, Kentucky
January 26, 2011
Dear Ray,
We will never forget you.
Many of your fans were moved and inspired meeting at Nightingale Lounge to read your poems and remember you on Monday night.
You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Maureen

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