Raymond Allan Gay, 71, passed away peacefully after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.
Born in Tampa to Gerald and Inez (Rudd), Raymond grew up in Quincy alongside his twin sister and two brothers. He served in the US Air Force and bravely fought in the Vietnam War for 366 days, from 1968 to 1969. He married Pamela (Edwards) in 1979 and, together, they raised their daughter Amity and built a beautiful and exciting life. An avid lover of the outdoors, Raymond could always be found at the hunting camp or Lake Talquin. He was a gentleman to his core and lived life to its absolute fullest.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Pamela, of 38 years and their daughter Amity; as well as his children Allan (Sabrina) and Celisa Benitez (Juan Carlos); grandchildren Drew, Zoe, Liam, Errol, Mia and Isabella; twin sister Alice and brothers Jerry (June) and David. Raymond was preceded in death his by parents.
A celebration of Raymond’s life will be held at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Quincy on Tuesday, Aug. 28. A visitation will be held in the sanctuary at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Big Bend Hospice House. The care and compassion they provided Raymond – and have provided other families before – is unmatched. Lifesong (lifesongfunerals.com or 850/627-1111) is assisting the family with arrangements.