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  In Memoriam
Raymond J. Delaney April 22, 1953 - April 14, 2014
The following was beautifully written by the newest member of the band immediately after Ray’s passing. It is reprinted here with his permission. "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives.." - It's A Wonderful Life It is with great sorrow to acknowledge the passing of Ray Delaney, a man who was the perfect example of what a human being should be like, and it is wonderful to know that he will never be forgotten by so many. It is true, I didn't know him near as well as many others, but only in the last few months have I recognized just how much of an impact this man has had on my life. The Delaney Brothers are the first sounds of music that I ever heard and I have been singing their songs since I could barely talk. And when I started learning how to play and sing, I couldn't believe how much of that Delaney sound and feeling I found in myself. It's more than just the music though. Ray defined the culture of bluegrass music--a genre that is about the people just as much as it is about the music. God knows how many times I saw him tip his hat, yell "Heya, buddy", shake my hand, and sometimes have a set list for me. This man impacted me ten years before I was born, because he impacted my father, then my mother, and both of those passed down to me. I am eternally grateful that I was able to spend as much time with him as I have over the last few months, to see what makes him him. Even with all of the dark days and pain he felt, he still never thought of himself and still loved as much as he ever did, and perhaps most importantly, he meant the world to someone special who means the world to me. I joined many others in the related and not related family that call him "Uncle Ray." His voice may be silenced by time, but I can still hear his voice on all the albums he sang on. He may have only spent just shy of 61 years on this Earth, but the legacy he leaves behind will remain for generations to come. I will continue to play and sing the songs he did, as he wanted me to do, and as he would want me and others to do. He is a good reminder to all of us down here that music makes the world a better place, and we all know that now that he is in glory, he will Sing, Sing, Sing. ~Luke Parsnow  
"It's part of the calling to at least do a few songs in the show that give people some hope... - Ricky Skaggs
This article appeared in the CNYBA June newsletter, and was such a beautiful tribute to Brother Ray, it seemed only fitting to include it here.
One of the last gigs Ray would play with what would become the new band. Best Bluegrass Band 1997