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Raymond J. Slomski Jr.

Raymond J. Slomski Jr., family man, attorney, philanthropist, avid athlete, died December 26, 2019 in a tragic auto collision. Ray was 63 years old.

Ray personified the American Dream. He grew up as the only child of hard working and adoring parents on Chicago's south side. His parents focused their efforts on Ray's academic success and Ray did not disappoint. He was a promising student and athlete who graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in English. He immediately went on to graduate from Northwestern University School of Law. Ray dedicated the next 37 years of his life as a compassionate and successful trial lawyer.

In 1982, prior to moving to Phoenix, Arizona, Ray was recruited to the law firm of Jennings, Strouss and Salmon. A few years later he was offered an opportunity with former firm Harrison and Lerch. After working as a defense attorney, Ray chose instead to open his own firm specializing in catastrophic injury. Though a risky venture for most, Ray grew his practice into one of the premier plaintiffs' medical malpractice firms in the state of Arizona, winning several high-profile cases.

Ray believed in giving back to the community. He was an ardent supporter and active board member of the Phoenix Art Museum, as well as a supporter and past board member of All Saints Episcopal Day School. He also gave generously to many other charities, as well as his alma mater, Northwestern University.

A sports enthusiast, Ray grew up playing and watching ice hockey and never lost his love for the sport, coaching his son's team for several years. He was also able to share this passion with his father, "Big Ray", when they attended the Chicago Blackhawks' 2015 Stanley Cup victory game. Ray also loved The Ohio State University Football Team, the alma mater of his wife, daughter and son.

Ray lived his life all out, all the time. He was an avid bicyclist, jogger, skate skier, fly-fisherman, and bird hunter. Ray's ultimate form of "relaxation" was mountain biking in the morning, a weight lifting session in the afternoon and fly fishing at dusk.

Ray loved vacationing in Sun Valley over the summer months and at Christmas, enjoying the many traditions he and his family created there over the last 22 years. On December 26, 2019, while driving to Sun Valley with the family's loyal hunting dog, Rufus, Ray was involved in a fatal automobile collision. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Pam; daughter, Whitney - a film production manager in Los Angeles; son, Bucky - an associate attorney in Ray's firm; and his father, Raymond J. Slomski, Sr. of Phoenix. Ray's mother, Jaqueline preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be held at the Phoenix Art Museum on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 PM. In celebration of Raymond J. Slomski's life, memorial contributions may be made to the Phoenix Art Museum at 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.

Please RSVP your attendance to: InMemoryofRJS@gmail.com




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 10 to Jan. 15, 2020.
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August 1, 2020
Ray - May you Rest In Peace. May the Lord protect your family and bring them confort. May you be be with our Lord this day Ray. Amen.
Lou Diaz
Friend
January 26, 2020
The legal community of Phoenix and beyond has lost a great man! Our deepest condolences to Ray's friends, family, and associates! #ripray
Kevin McDonald
January 21, 2020
I am in utter shock over Ray's passing. My condolences to his family, friends, and law firm associates.

Sincerely,
Parker Jones, FindLaw
Parker Jones
January 21, 2020
To Pam and the Slomsky family, our deepest condolences on your loss. Ray was taken from you and from his friends and community much too early and his loss will be felt for a long time to come.
Lucia and Wayne Howard
Lucia Howard
January 18, 2020
We were deeply saddened by the news of Ray's passing. Our hearts are broken. He was such a great man and he will be in our memories forever.
We are current clients of Ray's and we will cherish his kindness, empathy, sense of humor, work ethics and most of all, the love we felt. He was a down to earth man. Ray and his team have worked hard representing us and have our utmost respect! He was forthcoming and has left us in great hands. Thank you and we will miss you Ray!
Our sympathy goes out to his family, work family and friends!
Tom and Geri Boyle
Gilbert, AZ
January 17, 2020
Pam, I was so very saddened to hear of Ray's tragic death. Please know I will be thinking of you and your family, and that you will be in my prayers.

Carol Turner
Carol Turner
January 14, 2020
My daughter rented a condo from Ray about 15 years ago. He was such a nice man. A few years later he came to our art gallery in Scottsdale. I could not believe how kind he was and his smile lit up a room. I feel so badly for his friends and family. God bless, Ray.The short time we knew you, you left a very powerful memory.
Sherry Goldberg
January 12, 2020
I met Ray and Pam in 2002 through yoga, they were both consistent students of a few of my classes. Ray pretty religiously attended one of my classes where I'd play eclectic music and we always bonded over the classic rock artists. He was warm and sincere. I talked philosophy and parenting and life with this lovely man countless times. As if this exchange wasn't enough, he was also a regular when I worked at Cibo and he, Pam and Bucky would sit at the bar and light up all of our nights. Real conversations are hard to come by, but not with this man and family. My deepest love and support is extended to you all, Pam, and my heart breaks for your loss. Evon Hart
Evon Hart
January 12, 2020
This is so sad. Ray lived fully but nowhere near long enough. My heart goes out to Pam, Bucky and Lindsey, and Patti and the rest of his office family too. I saw Ray in November and he had told me he was so happy to have Bucky working with him and Lindsay following her dream in LA. He had told us about Sun Valley many times over the years so I know he and Rufus were in happy anticipation of arriving there to join everyone else and that's an excellent frame of mind we can be grateful for. I'm also glad he enjoyed his life as thoroughly as he did. We had a conversation once, maybe 25 years ago? about travel. He asked if that's how I'd spend my retirement and I asked him if he's let me enjoy his trips vicariously and he surely did. My favorite was the trip to Paris where he and Pam and maybe the kids stayed in the dreamiest of hotels, one I'd picked for myself in my armchair travels, and he chatted w JONNY DEPP on the hotel veranda. With his life cut short this way, I'm so glad for every little adventure and every single pleasure he took for himself. He loved Pam like very few male lawyers loved their wives, very damn few. She remained his favorite dinner companion, year after year. I forgive you, Ray, for playing my nurses like scrubs-clad fiddles every time I brought them for deposition at your place. They couldn't look past that Richard Gere's baby brother charm. Thank you for at least keeping your voice down when I asked you to when they were crying or spilling their guts or both. Peace and love to all.
Cynthia Cheney
January 11, 2020
I worked at The Clotherie where Ray brought his clothes from Joe Tiseo. He was such a great guy. When he would come in we would say look at your gorgeous head of hair. So handsome and a fine man. He will be so missed. ❤
Holly Barrett Coumbe
Acquaintance
January 11, 2020
Dear Pam,
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
We just saw you two at Pizzeria Bianco in November.
I didn't know Ray well but he always had such a friendly, kind spirit.
Louise Westfall
Louise Westfall
January 11, 2020
Ray was a true gentleman. He was a very fine and well respected lawyer, a tough litigator and opponent. He was always extremely polite, a quality that is sorely lacking in our society. Though we butted heads, it was always on a professional basis and he was very affable and polite and personable once our minor "litigation tiffs" were complete. I will miss him and provide my utmost, sincere condolences to Bucky and the rest of his family. Best wishes to all of you. Larry Tinsley
Larry Tinsley
January 11, 2020
Ray was a true gentleman. He was a very fine and well respected lawyer, a tough litigator and opponent. He was always extremely polite, a quality that is sorely lacking in our society. Though we butted heads, it was always on a professional basis and he was very affable and polite and personable once our minor "litigation tiffs" were complete. I will miss him and provide my utmost, sincere condolences to Bucky and the rest of his family. Best wishes to all of you. Larry Tinsley
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