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Tony Ray Passes Away



Tony Ray, pictured with fiancee Laura Fulton, passed away March 12 at the age of 37

Tony Ray, owner and trainer of Stone Ridge Stables and son of Hall of Fame trainer Junior Ray, passed away yesterday, March 12, at the age of 37.

He will be most remembered in the show ring for his success with the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Mare World’s Champion Steel In Love, but outside the ring, he was even more unforgettable. Anyone who met him will remember the ever-present smile on his face and the twinkle in his eye, as he rarely missed an opportunity to brighten someone’s day.

Services will be held Monday, March 17. There will be a visitation from 9-11AM followed by a funeral mass and home going service at St. Paul MB Church, 1404 Briggs Street, Joliet, Ill.

Following that will be a luncheon and repass at 2 PM at Dick and Jeanette Durant’s Bell View Acres, 13278 Bell Road, Homer Glen, Ill.

Friends of the family have asked if people wish to contribute towards the funeral expenses to direct your checks to Jeanette Durant and she will see that Junior and Louise Ray, Tony's parents, receive the funds.

For out of town guests:
30 rooms have been blocked at the Empress Hotel 2200 Empress Drive, Joliet IL at a rate of $49 per night. Guests must call by Saturday to reserve room. (815) 744-9400.

15 Rooms have been blocked at the Fairfield Inn 1501 Riverboat Center Dr, Joliet, IL at a rate of $85 per night. Guests must call by Saturday to reserve room. 815-741-3499.

25 Rooms have been blocked at the Holiday Inn Joliet 411 South Larkin Ave, Joliet, IL  at a rate of $79 per night. Guests must call by Saturday to reserve room. 815-729-2000.

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