“Most people, when dealt the cards he was at such a young age, would have kept saying, ‘Why should I?’ But Ray spent his entire life asking, ‘Why can’t I?’ ” -- Former sports editor Art Wilson and childhood friend of Ray.
STORY: Ray Nelson, a sportswriter and copy editor for this newspaper for more than 25 years, died early Tuesday morning from natural causes. He was 60. Services are pending.
Nelson served two stints with this newspaper, the first from 1979-94 and again from 1997-2004. Since health issues forced him to retire, he had freelanced and was featured as a horse racing handicapper.
“This is truly a sad day,” said Steve Hunt, San Gabriel Valley Tribune supervising editor and former sports editor. “Ray Nelson was a cherished member of our newspaper family and a wonderful man. He was the nicest person I have ever met, a gentle soul who possessed that rare ability to remain upbeat and positive at all times.
“He brought a calming influence to the Sports Department, and was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.”