I did not spend much time with RW Ed Ray, but by his presence he had a profound effect on me. I strive to be a good MM and to always have a sense of humor that he seemed to enjoy (a little off center). Eternal rest my brother.
RW Ed Ray was, first of all, a friend. He was on the Investigation Committee when I applied to be a Freemason. He was my mentor as well as being my catechism instructor for all of my degrees and was responsible for couching and teaching me as I progressed towards the chair in the East. I spent many enjoyable hours at his home on Pageland Lane...he was always available whenever I stopped by. I formed a lasting and deep friendship with both Ed and Carol. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace with the Lord my friend.
I'm sorry that I didn't know RW Brother Ed for very long. Just a couple of years. But his love of Masonry and its teachings was an inspiration. His understanding of the ritual was unparalleled in my experience. Within the last 18 months or so, when he was called upon to deliver the EA lecture, his health required that he remain seated; but he pulled a chair to the very edge of the dais and leaned in close to the candidate. It was like watching a grandfather telling a beloved story to a little one. Every word had meaning, every image was vivid, and the lodge room was silent as we all learned from a text we'd heard many times in the past. Be at peace, Brother.
I will surely miss Ed, always the nicest guy to talk to, it won't be the same not seeing him sitting in his chair upstairs, RIP brother
Ed will be remembered by many for being such a gracious and humbled human being, one devoted to love of family, friends and above all our fraternity. He offered so much to so many and will be deeply missed. Is passing reminds me of the passing of Charlie Sinclair. Their bright smiles, are lighting up the havens. Rest brother Ed, thank you all that you have done in your time here on earth. Mark Wilkinson
Brothers: A true loss to Masonry world wide, but more especially to Hay Market Lodge. As a greenhorn EA, I was fortunate to be able to attend many a meeting at the Grand Lodge of Catharpin, and often was able to sit with Br. Ed practicing my proficiencies as I worked my way through the degrees. Few men in my life have given so freely to advance my knowledge, and for that I will be eternally grateful to call Ed my Brother....and my good friend.