All who knew Ray agree there are not enough like him in this world. He was an honest, happy, hard-working, loving man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved dancing with his wife of 38 years, Fran, and was an exceptional father to his 8 children. He coached little league and supported all of his children's activities from sports to dance to band, always out of desire and love, never obligation. After having 7 biological children, Ray and Fran opened their home to provide shelter and unremitting love to over 25 foster children, and adopted Fred, their first foster child.
Ray took great pride in being "Goppa" to his grandchildren. He genuinely enjoyed spending time with each and every one of them. His courage and determination throughout his battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma was a testament to the man he was, and he fought valiantly so he could watch his grandchildren grow up. Even in his last weeks of life, he was smiling and playing with his grandchildren.
Ray touched the lives of all those blessed to know him, as he lived his life as a true Christian. He was actively involved in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Humble, TX for over 20 years. He also loved golfing and taught his children to play (despite his best efforts, even his left-handed sons golf righty!) He was a member of the Atascocita Country Club for over 20 years, the same course at which we host our golf tournament. He was employed by Shell Oil Company for 37 years, working his way up the corporate ladder and mentoring younger colleagues along the way. He will be forever missed.