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Published February 24, 2013, 12:00 AM

Sean Lionel Michael Ray

Sean Lionel Michael Ray was killed in an automobile accident near Barnesville, Minnesota, on 18 February, which also claimed the life of his beloved partner, Judy Reid. He was 49 years old.

Sean was born in Manitou, Manitoba, Canada, in 1963 to Grayce (Cassidy) Ray and Timothy Ray. As a youngster, he moved with the family to various locations in the United States, settling in the Fargo/Moorhead area in 1970. He graduated from Fargo South High School in 1981 and attended North Dakota State University, excelling principally in his passion, soccer. He was a gregarious and popular athlete, especially enjoying associating with the international students who then composed the soccer program. Soccer, both playing and coaching, continued to be an important part of his life.

Sean Lionel Michael Ray

Sean Lionel Michael Ray was killed in an automobile accident near Barnesville, Minnesota, on 18 February, which also claimed the life of his beloved partner, Judy Reid. He was 49 years old.

Sean was born in Manitou, Manitoba, Canada, in 1963 to Grayce (Cassidy) Ray and Timothy Ray. As a youngster, he moved with the family to various locations in the United States, settling in the Fargo/Moorhead area in 1970. He graduated from Fargo South High School in 1981 and attended North Dakota State University, excelling principally in his passion, soccer. He was a gregarious and popular athlete, especially enjoying associating with the international students who then composed the soccer program. Soccer, both playing and coaching, continued to be an important part of his life.

Sean worked in retail for many years, from Seattle to Washington, D.C., specializing in Oriental rugs about which he developed deep knowledge and appreciation. Most recently he had taken over as CEO of Barnesville Easels, the art studio furniture business founded by his father, Timothy Ray.

He is survived by his adored son, Evan Ray; sisters Hilary Ray and Allison Campbell; brother-in-law and fellow soccer debater, Malcolm McKenzie; aunts Janet Ray and Sheila Ray; uncle Brian Ray; his father’s partner, Ann Braaten; and many friends and teammates who will miss his scurrilous impersonations as well as his excellent footwork.

The lives of Sean Ray and Judy Reid will be celebrated in a memorial service scheduled for 12:00 noon, Saturday, 2 March, at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408, with reception to follow.

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