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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2018, 02:30 PM »

Great person lovely guy and so sad to see him go
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2018, 02:33 PM »

 A true American Hero!!!
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« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2018, 04:15 PM »

A true American Hero!!!
canadian!!!English then....

Just a great Kite flying hero!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2018, 04:58 PM »

Ray was born in  Salisbury, England, emigrated to Canada in 1956.
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« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2018, 08:41 PM »

When I started flying in 2000 there were people you always read about... the greats of kite flying. Ray was one of those people. While I got to meet several "greats" unfortunatly Ray was not one of them. Still, I will miss him.
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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2018, 04:25 AM »

A true American Hero!!!

Since when does nationhood matter? So sad to have this inserted into a forum eulogy of a great man.  Canada is part of America but you think America is USA. And he was born in England, emigrated to Canada.

Why does it matter, why do you have to claim him as part of your American club.  He was a lovely bloke and cared more about his blue pill supply when he had manage to attract a lovely than he did any coloured flag.

Great member of the human race, nationality agnostic and a brilliant kind lovely bloke. &%#* your misplaced nationalism coz he would have
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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2018, 12:42 PM »

The best shot video of Ray flying I've run across

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGb_TJ7ZB2c

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« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2018, 06:31 PM »

Thanks for the video: Simply beautiful that was Ray! no need for words just watch.
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« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2018, 04:49 PM »

To me Ray represented commitment. Do what you want to do and keep doing it. Hour after hour, day after day, year after year and finally decade after decade.

To see him on the field or beach, often all day, with all the physicality reperesented in flying three sport kite in almost any wind was always humbling. Then you take a moment to remember this guy was almost always the oldest guy on the field, often by a decade or more. He was an icon.
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« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2018, 05:20 PM »

I remember a blustery day at WSIKF huddled behind Brian Champie's van with GWTW-Dan. We were wearing raingear and fleece and still shivering.

Meanwhile, there was Ray without a shirt on and flying 3 stacks of kites and getting dragged 50' down the beach every time he flew them through the power zone.
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« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2018, 10:52 PM »

Thank you for sharing these memories, anecdotes and reflections. Iíve not had the opportunity to travel to festivals out West, one day my wife says ... when the kidís in college, so I never saw Ray fly but Iíve seen enough videos to realize he was iconic and beloved. To say he will be missed seems in his case to be a sizeable understatement.

Keep em coming, Iím sure theyíre comforting for all

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« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2018, 11:28 PM »

Its so nice to see People Caring about a humble and Amazing Kiter. 
Love this outpouring for Ray !   He made my day when I saw him and has now changed my life on how i look at
Flying.  I will never forget him.  We lost soooo many Great people even in the last year.  Bless You Ray.  Fly High and
Know we Love You and what you gifted us through the years!
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« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2018, 12:26 PM »

I meet Ray at Coogee. Muscular and a little mischievous but a gentleman. He would fly for hours and still enjoy himself. One of a kind. RIP Ray.

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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2018, 07:02 PM »

We finally got a break in the rainstorms, it was a beautiful day to remember Ray Bethell. He would've filled the sky with his trio of kites and long tails.

I flew one of the set of Pizazz kites that Ray flew in one of his world record setting flights at WSIKF.


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