My friend Ray Hofman.


RPM217

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Chip, beautiful eulogy, of what was a beautiful human being. I got chills reading it. Thank you for sharing.
 

mmlcobra

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Very nicely done!
Thank you.
 

FordGT4fun

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Thanks Tommy for sharing the link, in fact it was a beautiful service, watching the video resuming his life gave me goose bumps.
God bless his family

Pierre
 

KJD

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Amazing thread about an amazing man.

Wonderful words from our moderator.

Straight from the heart.

Thank you Chip.

RIP Ray.
 

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No Guts....No Glory
 

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Another amazing piece of prose from Mr. Beck.
Thanks very much Chip for sharing your thoughts.
 

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Chip, thanks for taking the time to put this together with the pictures. Helps those of us who didn't know him to better understand his amazing life. Feel so awful for the family and close friends.
 

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Chip, This is Shawn Beard. It was good to see you today. I only wish it were under different circumstances. The last time we saw each other we were at Rays hanger
sweeping 10,000sqft and arranging Rays cars to get them at the perfect angle,lol


I am going to miss that guy.
 

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Very touching rememberance from a close friend. Thank you for sharing.
Our prayers for the Hofman family.

Bruce & Jami
 

tmcphail

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What a beautiful service with a tremendous message from Janna and Rays Pastor. On line broadcast was like you were sitting there. Prayers to Janna, his boys and family and friends.
That was one of the best I have ever witnessed. Leslie and I sat here and watched/cried through the entire service.
 

DBK

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Chris, Chip, Ray

 

GT Tech

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Terrible Tragedy. In the few times I met Ray, I was inspired by his zest for life, and his can do attitude. He will be greatly missed.
 

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Heartfelt post chip! I couldn't believe it when I heard the news ! God has a away of taking the good ones which I could never understand ! This saddens me beyond my ability to express in words!
 

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Thank You Chip for your wonderful thoughts and pictures of Ray. In life if you are fortunate enough to meet a person like Ray you are Very Blessed. Sharing your thoughts with this group is very special and we will always cherish your words. We love you Buddy. Tomy & Sue
 

MAD IN NC

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what a write up Chip - thanks......
 

GGPatterson

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Chip, thanks for sharing all those memories. Very cool. It was great to briefly chat with you today about Ray's love for yellow. During my GT hunt I can specifically remember an email from Ray instructing me to buy yellow, when I was dead set on red. Many months later a yellow GT found its way into my life and now I wouldn't want any other color. He will forever be a part of my GT.
 
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Piccola

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Thanks for sharing all those stories and memories Chip. I know he was very close to you and Charley. I've always enjoyed hearing about Ray's adventures and have been amazed at how much he has done, particularly with flying, in such a short time. Prayers go out to Janna and their sons.
 

SteveA

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Thanks for the post Chip. I truly feel cheated not having known Ray better. He will be missed.
 

timcantwell

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Thanks for sharing the history, your thoughts and pictures. Ray was a one-in-a-million guy.
 

ByeEnzo

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A very well fitting tribute to a extraordinary great FGT friend. Thank you Chip.

My sincere condolences to family and friends! Ray will, just like our other great FGT friend Bony, never be forgotten.

Here is a picture from the Pre Rally in Scottsdale @ Chips house back in 2008.

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Good times and good memories. Thanks for the wonderful post, Chip. RIP Ray and Daniel.