A Bud Light Toast to Ray
Around the world there are many who count themselves fortunate to have known Ray Stevens and when news of his passing reached them feelings were a mix of sadness for the loss of a dear friend and relief that Ray was no longer suffering from the pain brought on by cancer. Hearts went out to wife Sheila and Ray’s two children Chris and Brandi and their families. But somehow it didn’t seem enough. The passing of such a special person as Ray Stevens, a man who reached out every day to his friends sharing news and reminiscences of the good ‘ole days, must have had many of his friends thinking the same thing…. it just didn’t seem right to let Ray pass quietly into the night. There must be some way to pay homage to this great man.
So it is with much appreciation that we recognize the brilliant proposition brought forth by Janell Reyenga. She connected with Tom Doody who has been kind enough to keep friends in his circle informed of Ray and suggested a Bud Light Toast for Ray at 5:00 pm Central Time. (Bud Light was Ray’s drink of choice.) Through email, the idea caught on and glasses were lifted in a toast to Ray at 5 p.m. Central Time on the day of his passing, February 20, 2013.
The following video is a collage of the photos submitted to commemorate the day Ray moved on to a better place.