We learned today that our President Emeritus, fellow collector, and friend Ray Dillard, TEC #837-LM, died yesterday, March 8, 2020, at the age of 94.

As lengthening days lead us surely from darkness to light, we give heartfelt thanks for the good example of the indefatigable Ray, who, having finished his course in faith, now finds rest and refreshment. Our thoughts are with his daughters, Sherrie and Kathy, as well as his sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. May his family and his many friends take comfort in their myriad fond memories.

A funeral service will be held in Flint, Michigan, on Thursday, March 12, at 11:00 a.m., with visiting hours on Wednesday and preceding the service. Details and obituary here.

Although, as TEC President, Cindy Calhoun, notes, “words cannot express how much Ray will be missed,” we will do our best to describe and celebrate his life and incomparable impact on our hobby in the upcoming TEC News. If you would like us to include your specific remembrances in words or pictures, please email the editor by March 20, 2020.