In Memory

Dennis Ray

Date of Death: 05/03/1990

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09/01/08 10:45 AM #1    

Johnny Bliznak

Dennis and I were acquaintances in high school. I didn't get to know him till we went to Victoria College together. He was pre-med for a while. We had some great times during those two years. Then we went to the Univ. of Texas and spent the first semester living together with 2 other guys in a house just off campus. I then moved to Simpkins Hall, as my grades were suffering terribly, and we didn't see each other very much after that. We lost track of each other after U.T., though I was aware that he had moved to San Francisco. In 1989 I went to our high school reunion and looked up his mother, who, as good luck would have it, was still in town, though she was in the process of moving. She gave me his address and phone number; and I made contact, and then was able to visit him in San Francisco late that fall. I visited him at his apartment, and he, his roommate and I had dinner together. It was so very good to see him. He had a chronic illness, but still looked the same as I remembered him. We reminisced about old times and the crazy things we had done. That was the last time I saw him. His roommate called me in May of 1990, from Dennis's hospital room to inform me that Dennis was in the hospital. In fact he was in the ICU with penumonia and was not doing very well. He handed Dennis the phone and Dennis managed a "Hello". He died shortly thereafter. Dennis was a warm and considerate person, without a mean or jealous bone in his body. I still miss him.

01/01/09 01:01 PM #2    

"Rick" Remmel William Henry, Jr (Jr)

I must add to Johnny's message my own sadness when I learned of losing Dennis as a great buddy, and friend. We all went to UT Austin and were good friends who had some good times, and I well remember, like Johnny, how my grade point average took a drop in that first year. But the memories remain, and the fun we had in Austin. I loved Austin then, much smaller, and the hills, Schlotsky's Beer Garden, and everything. Those were days I suppose we tend to put in the back of our minds as we all separated at graduation and went our very different ways. But Dennis we lost too young, and I only learned of his death by an obituary from the Victoria Advocate that had his name, and I was shocked to realize he was gone. It is sad to see the list of names in our class who have passed on. May they rest in peace.

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