It has been quite some time since I’ve heard from Richard Ray. Emails and messages went unanswered, and I became a little concerned. Yesterday I found out that Richard passed away January 16.
I knew Richard was having medical problems, but this still comes as a shock. More so I think because his death seems to have escaped everyone in the treasure hunting community, and that’s sad. Very sad.
I first met Richard in 1986. He was to give a seminar at a FMDAC convention in Atlantic City. He was scheduled to give his presentation Saturday afternoon. He never showed up, but on Sunday he introduced himself on the beach, asking “what time do I talk?” That was Richard Ray in a nutshell.
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of knowing Richard, I’m sharing an earlier 2011 post he did for my website. Richard was a traveler, a story-teller, a businessman, and without doubt a treasure hunter’s treasure hunter. He was also a gentleman and he will be greatly missed. Why his passing has escaped so many is sad and so wrong. He deserved a better send off….
RIP my friend.
“Death is a distant rumor to the young”– Andrew A. Rooney