HALLOWELL – Jeremy P. Ray, much loved father, husband, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, died Sept. 22, 2008, in Augusta, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Jeremy was born June 7, 1943, in Assam Province, Shillong, India, to Percy Frank Anthony Ray and Eileen Windus Ray, British tea farmers for East India Tea Co. Jeremy’s parents returned with him to England when he was seven, where he attended Cumnor House primary school, Lancing College and Magdalene College, Cambridge University. In 1972 Jeremy moved to the U.S., where he met and married Linda Kenney, with whom he had his daughter, Erica, the love of his life. In 1997 after his divorce from Linda, Jeremy married Christy Cross. He showed her what it is to be truly loved in this world. By the time he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999, Christy’s three children had grown to love him and, altogether, Jeremy, Christy, Erica, Melanie, Lisa and Willis had become a family. Jeremy, above all, was a truly good person: almost invariably, those who met him liked him and those who came to know him, even through the years of his disease, loved him. He was guileless and sincere, never had a bad word to say about anyone and loved with his heart on his sleeve. He was ever so courteous, kind and gentle. During the course of his disease, he proved himself the most courageous man anyone could ever wish to have the opportunity to know, and he retained his warm sense of humor until nearly the end. Through his presentation at a national Alzheimer’s conference, through a series of newspaper articles covering the progression of his disease, through conversations with friends and family, Jeremy candidly shared his experience with Alzheimer’s disease with the world. His most courageous acts, however, were performed every day, when he walked from one room into the next in his own home and had no idea, even, what was in that next room. Throughout his life, Jeremy lived with dignity. And with dignity he bade adieu to his wife, Christy of Hallowell; daughters, Erica Ray of Portland; Melanie Redd and her husband, Quentin, and grandson, Sam, of Baltimore; and Lisa McGrotty and her husband, Charles, of Hallowell; son, Willis and his wife, Sarah, and granddaughter, Addison, of Augusta; sister, Susan and husband, Peter Whittard, and their children, Phillipa Whittard-Mulholland and Timothy Whittard, and Peter’s sister, Marcia, who remain in England; and to his good friends, Guy Streitfeld of Houston, John Shattuck of New Gloucester and Sam and Faith Beal of Portland; as well as Christy’s brothers and sisters, their spouses and children, and any number of friends of all the above. All those who love Jeremy should join his family Sunday, Sept. 28, for a cruise, food and music on Casco Bay. Be at the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal by 1 p.m. In lieu of spending your money on flowers, Jeremy would have asked that you instead take your family or friends out for a nice dinner, send donations in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 170 U.S. Route One, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105 or both. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.