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Raymond Edward Signorello Sr.
March 22, 1936- November 12, 1998

Raymond Signorello was born in San Francisco. He spent his formative years in San Francisco attending St. Paul’s Elementary School and St. Ignatius High School. He continued his study in business graduating from the University of San Francisco.

He married Hope in 1962 and settled in San Francisco. In 1963 Raymond Jr. was born. The following year they moved to Vancouver and after their second son, Randy, was born they chose to remain in Vancouver.

During the next 30 years in Vancouver he became a prominent businessman and a wine maker in Napa Valley. As a world traveler he was an ambassador for his wines. His love of people and his eagerness to experience life are what has endeared Raymond to all who knew and loved him.

He enjoyed every minute of life that was given to him. He will be remembered for his great zest for life, his passion for good food, good wine and great friends.

We will miss you.
Your family and friends

Ray’s theme song

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case,
of which I’m certain.
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway;
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Regrets, I’ve had a few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.
I’ve had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.
To think I did all that;
And may I say-not in a shy way.
“No, oh no not me,
I did it my way”.
For what is a man,
what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows-
And did it my way!

Writer (s): Revaux/Francois/Anka
Sang by: Frank Sinatra

Aloha Ray
November 12, 1998

The autumn evening was crisp, the feeling was an uneasy mixture of love and dread. The clouds of heaven were moving in, and our beloved friend was becoming part of them. His friends and family around him were like a warm fire glowing in the fireplace in our beloved Ray’s home: the home where he raised his family, where he shared his life and his love with all of us. Even the roar of this fire of love for Ray couldn’t hold back his assimilation into the mist. I am sure all this warmth helped his spirit rise like a thermal in a warm spring sky, headed towards the heavens to become one with the spirit from which all life comes.

We remaining here have our shared memories of the life we shared with Ray, and how he wove our lives together with his in such a comfortable and graceful raiment. “How ya doing, with a big smile and a warm hug, good to see you.” Always so positive and so fair to others. Always able to see the good in people. Always being willing to share himself with others.

Ray’s life was a vision that he lived to the fullest. Knowing him has made us all rich in a way that money never can. I count my wealth in friends like Ray; in people that make me feel love. Love is as close to God as we can get in life, for God is Love. Ray was filled with love and inspired love in all of us. Now Ray is with God, yet his love remains within us.

The separation from having Ray in our presence is painful. It feels as if we have lost an important part of ourselves. This feeling will continue for some time. Yet long after the pain of his parting the memory of all the good in our lives that was shared with Ray will remain, for he has touched us with the depth of his being. Ray is a shining example of how people can be. We should all honor him by trying to keep that part of him alive within us. He made life easier and happier for so many people. His life was an art form and he was the Maestro. When we danced with Ray we danced with Zorba, and life was good. His song and his spirit will remain.

I miss you Ray. I love you Ray. You have always been our “Ray of Sunshine,” and always will be, shining through the mist, sharing your warmth. You will live forever in my heart and in the hearts of all the people whose lives you’ve touched. The tapestry of friends and family that you’ve woven during your life is your greatest legacy. Thank you for making me part of it.

Aloha Ray,
Harlan Hughes