I was sorry to read that Ray Shine had died over the weekend. As a fellow Friends of Nevada County Military board member, we often had opportunities to chat. I was aware that Ray had some vital health issues, but he was reluctant to discuss them.
Ellen met Ray before I did when she served on the Grand Jury in 1985-86. I met Ray for the first time when I installed a modem for him at his home in the late 1990s so he could use the internet. He was an early Nevada County Community Network User.
Ray would post comments on my blogs from time to time. I was tracking down the history of the Grass Valley weather stations after the Empire Mine closed. Ray posted a comment that for several years in the 1960s the weather station was in the backyard of his family home in Grass Valley, and he often recorded the temperatures, humidity, and precipitation for the Weather Service.
Our longest relationship was through the FNCM Packing Parties, monthly events to send our local troops boxes of treats, personal health items, local news and high school sports CDs. Ray was the President of FNCM, keeping them organized and motivated. As a community leader, he will be missed.