Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ray Duffy

Last week, I got news from the nephew of my friend Ray Duffy that he had passed away. Ray was one of the first people to reach out to me when I moved from New York to Massachusetts. He only knew me through Chairnotes but offered to let me use his ample workshop until I got set up here. Throughout my time as Rays friend, he showed a generosity and kindness that I've come to see as the binding force in the woodworking community. Whether helping me make a new maple syrup evaporator or offering to forge a replica of my favorite scorp, Ray was always looking for ways to engage and offer his time and expertise. Here is a photo of me and Ray with my book. Through a snag in the mailing, purchasers started receiving the book before me, so Ray came over with his copy so I could finally see the results of my efforts.

A couple of years ago, Ray's wife passed away. I admit, I was concerned about his well being afterwards. I was relieved when Ray told me about his new lady friend Penny. He and Penny shared a passion for art and creating and Ray was very excited about their most recent projects together. I think that the way Ray shared his life and passions is a great blueprint for a life well lived. I hope to live the same way, more excited about the next project than the last and cherishing those who share the road. Rest in peace Ray.

8 comments:

Bern said...

Sorry for your loss Pete. He sounds like a lovely bloke.

Tee, Atlanta, GA said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend. We have friends that are often loved and cherished as much as family. RIP, Ray.

Jim Tolpin said...

That was a fine tribute Peter. You were obviously both fortunate to have had each other as friends

Jim Tolpin said...

That was a fine tribute Peter. You were obviously both fortunate to have had each other as friends

Anonymous said...

Hi Peter, this is Ray's daughter Jeanne. Thank you for the lovely tribute. Dad often spoke of you and I know he very much enjoyed spending time with you.

Jack@bestchairs said...

Sorry for your loss. Such a lovely tribute.

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Brian Noel said...

There are some amazing and wonderful people in this woodworking world and it is a tragedy when the have to leave us. I am sorry for the loss of your friend, he sounded like a great man. All the best.