[vendtalk] Obituary for Ray McGeorge

Kevan Worley kevanworley at blindmerchants.org
Mon Jun 21 17:15:57 UTC 2010

MCGEORGE Raymond  Wesley  Ray McGeorge, 80, of Denver died June 18, 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane; his brother, Ivan; a
grandson, Michael McGeorge of Denver, and two great grandchildren.  Two
sons, Skip and Bryan,  granddaughter, Amy,  brothers, Homer and Earl and
sister, Ruby, predeceased him.    Ray was born and raised in Loveland,
Colorado.  Blinded in an accident as a boy, Ray finished school at the
Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs.  He continued on
in technical school and worked as a turret lathe operator for Morse
Industrials  for 40 years.  Ray played a major role in the early civil
rights movement for the blind, founding the National Federation of the Blind
of Colorado in 1955.  He broke many employment barriers and shattered
stereotypes by demonstrating that a blind man could work successfully as a
machinist in an age when blind people were often relegated to jobs in
sheltered workshops.   Ray was a beloved husband, father and grandfather,
but his influence stretched far beyond his family.  He touched the lives of
countless thousands of people in his work with the National Federation of
the Blind.  For the past 60 years Ray has been a steadfast leader in
promoting justice and equal treatment for blind individuals in the state of
Colorado and throughout the nation.  His passing is mourned by friends and
colleagues across the country.  In particular, Ray will be missed as the
leader of the Colorado Center for the Blind Senior Program.  Seniors who
thought their lives had ended when they lost their sight were given hope for
the future through Ray's classes in blindness skills and confidence
building.  We cannot even begin to count the contributions Ray McGeorge has
made in working to bring equal treatment for blind people in all walks of
life.   And, we cannot begin to count the little things we will miss at his
passing.his gentle heart, his generosity, his strength of character, his
sense of humor, and his love of life even 

in the face of adversity.  Ray, we will miss you.         

A service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Mile Hi
Church of Religious Science, 9079 W. Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO.In lieu of
flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Colorado Center for
the Blind, 2233 W. Shepperd, Littleton, CO  80120 or the National Federation
of the Blind, 1800 Johnson St., Baltimore, MD 21230.



At your service,


Kevan Worley

Colorado Springs, CO (The sports & wellness capitol of the world)




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