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August 14, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was a most amazing person--filled with traditional values of duty and love for his family and country, but willing to try new things, too, like running and baking and writing and singing. I met Ray in a writing class at the Noble Maritime Collection. He was the most "normal" person in the group, but somehow managed to accept the rest of us outliers, and we really did become, as his obituary said, a family of friends. I will never forget the time, a few years ago, when Ray had throat surgery, and called several of us from the recovery room so we would know he was okay. Around 2008 or so, I had the wild idea of starting A Helluva Choir, a light-hearted singing group for older adults. Of course, I asked Ray if he sang, and he admitted that he did sing a bit. So he became one of the only men in the group, and was much adored, for his talent, his sweet personality, and for the fact that he brought his own home-baked cookies to every rehearsal. The high point of Ray's choir career was when he soloedthe name of the song escapes me right nowwith the choir backing him up, for Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City Address at the St. George Theater. After Adele passed away in 2012, I thought Ray might need something to do, so I asked him if he could drive me to a short-term choir class I was teaching in Brooklyn. He said yes, but that he didn't dare tell his kids he was doing it. Well, Ray not only drove, he sang, and brought his famous cookies to every rehearsal. Needless to say, the class was a great success. The past few years, we had been out of touch, but I think of him often, and he will be in my heart always. I hope he is in Heaven right now, running and singing and having a wonderful time. Heaven has never received a better angel.
August 14, 2019
Ginny and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You used to talk about running and how your dad would see an object on the route and pull it towards him to create constant small goals. You told me this once outside the firehouse as you spoke about your dad with a gleam in your eye as if he were also a good friend. I never forgot that and actually still use that method at times when I'm on the road too. He made an impact on someone he didn't even know. Rest In Peace.
August 13, 2019
So Sorry for your Loss.
August 13, 2019
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