On Monday July 11, 2011 a huge group of people gathered for a Second Line memorial march for Ray, and on Wednesday July 13 a formal memorial service was held for close friends and family at the beautiful Marble Cemetery, coincidentally located opposite the backyard wall of D.B.A. Manhattan. Ray passed away on July 3 from injuries he suffered when he was hit by a car while biking to work on June 27.
The beautiful, moving service was followed by a reception at D.B.A., with the taps flowing freely, and a most elaborate spread of incredible food, which honored Ray's penchant for enjoying "good stuff." More like great stuff.
The bar was filled with many giants of the East Coast craft beer world, some traveling from afar, paying their respects. One whom was Dan Shelton, who was not only a colleague of Ray, but a close friend as well. The two "beer hunters" took numerous trips to Europe in search of obscure beers and breweries to expose to others. A number of very entertaining videos were made on these trips and will hopefully be made available soon.
In the meantime, we asked Dan to tell us something about Ray. What he said reaffirmed our perception of Ray as a guy who loved life and lived it on his own terms. Ray was a huge presence in the beer world as well as in our local community. Sadly gone, but never forgotten.