Jim was gracious enough to share
some photos of Ray at his studio. Ray was closing up shop and would
soon make his residence in a retirement community. Notice the many examples
of Ray's work.
This is an excerpt from Jim's e-mail:
Ray was also a member of the Society of Creative
Arts in Newtown, Ct. as I was. If I recall correctly meetings were held
once a month at the Newtown High School Library.. I met Ray back in 1984
at one of those meetings.. I believe Ray was living in Wilton or Westport
at that time and was having a hard time driving/seeing at night. Many
artists came from the lower Fairfield County Area (Fairfield, Trumbull,
Westport, etc.) and after Ray had difficulty driving someone would always
be sure to give him a ride as he so enjoyed seeing everyone..
Several times after
the meetings in Newtown we would stop at the Newtown Inn just off Route 25
in Newtown for a drink afterwards. Fun time always..lots of laughs!
I attended a get
together in Westport back in the mid 1990's to honor Ray (I believe it was
for the Famous Artist School that Ray was involved in for many years) with
a great turnout! Ray could not drive at that time so Carole and I picked
up Ray (in Waterbury, Ct), and drove him to
Westport for his award...
Great times every time I saw Ray... He had a quick
dry humor as do I (but I am a little slower)..