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Death of Ray Pavelka

August 31, 2016
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

Sanibel has recently lost a community friend and leader with the death of Ray Pavelka.

I am sure his faith community and many friends will commemorate his life at the service on Sept. 16. However, I feel it is important that the citizenry who may not have had the joy of being a friend recognize that his passing is their loss, too.

Ray was a hard working board member and leader at the Community Housing & Resources, Inc. (CHR) for many years. He was one of the key leaders in the development of Casa Mariposa and Centre Street. He spent endless hours working to qualify prospective home owners for limited equity units at Centre Street and elsewhere. His shared a strong commitment to affordable housing for workers and seniors on Sanibel, believing that our community should include families of all income levels. He was a stalwart board member who helped CHR through difficult times and into its current stable and aggressive position.

Ray's good works live on, and for that we should all say thanks!

Armand Ball

Fort Myers



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