Mary Kay Nicholson wrote:
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I met him at a Play Like A Champion Conference a few years ago. We had a wonderful conversation about youth sports. My prayers are with the O'Connell family. Mary Kay
Sanford Herzon wrote:
I still remember the excitement of the first home game of the soccer season in 1981. The opponent I think was Roosevelt. It was early September on a gorgeous Friday afternoon. Midfielder Johnny Venturini was flanked by fellow teammates filling holes in the Rambler dirt turf spotted with round clumps of green - grass? I joined the team as I picked up clumps of dirt to fill in the small craters. As I stomped the soil with my shoes I heard from one of the opponent players say, "There are actually going to play soccer here?"
With impeccable timing, Ray arrived in a Loyola van with a maroon cap on a had a gleaming smile ear to ear. He opened the side door and started retrieving buckets of sand. "Looks like a great day" he said to me. Ray's enthusiasm for coaching these college kids was just electric and so contagious.
Did we win? Everyday thanks to Ray O'Connell.
Your love for everyone will continue to shine.
Merrily Dean Baker wrote:
Dear Carolyn, Ray and PJ,
Most sincere condolences to all of you on the loss of your “ROC”. I was saddened to hear the news...and hope that hearts filled with Love and Gratitude for his life will help to ease the pain of this hardest of life’s transitions. May God’s blessings be with you in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Merrily Dean Baker
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