Mourning the death of Ray L. Darling, Sr., distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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  • 06 / Mar / 2013
  • 12 / Mar / 2013
  • 12 / Mar / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Ray L. Darling, Sr.,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Ray Darling, Sr., of Grafton, New York, died on February 22,
2013, at the age of 68; and
WHEREAS, Born in Troy, New York, Ray Darling, Sr., was the son of the
late Nelson C. and Alice Feathers Darling, Sr. and the husband of the
late Carole Taplin Darling; he was a 1962 graduate of Tamarac High
School, and earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in
construction technology in 1964 from Hudson Valley Community College;
WHEREAS, Ray Darling, Sr., served in the United States Army Reserves
for years, including during the Vietnam era; he owned and operated Ray
L. Darling Inc., a construction company he founded in Johnstown which
currently operates in Grafton; and
WHEREAS, Prior to establishing his own business, Ray Darling, Sr., had
been employed at various construction companies; in November of 2011, he
was elected town supervisor of Grafton; and
WHEREAS, Ray Darling, Sr., also served on the Grafton Beautification
Committee well as the Grafton Historical Society; he was an 11-time
professional world-champion arm wrestler, having traveled much to
compete both in the United States and abroad; and
WHEREAS, Ray Darling, Sr., was an ambassador, mentor and coach for the
sport, including coaching Team USA at various competitions across the
world; through his commitment to the sport of arm wrestling and to his
community, he also sponsored numerous events for various organizations;
WHEREAS, An avid hunter, Ray Darling, Sr., was a member of the Santoni
Hunting Club in Tahaus, New York; and
WHEREAS, Ray Darling, Sr., distinguished himself in his profession and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
WHEREAS, Ray Darling, Sr.'s commitment to excellence, and his spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
WHEREAS, In addition to his wife and parents, Ray Darling, Sr., is
predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Theodore; he is survived by his
children, Ray, Jr. (Kathy), and Scott (Kristine), and their mother,
Patricia, along with his fiancee, Jodie, his siblings, Nelson (Jan),
Diana (Terry), John (Julie), William (Barbara), a sister-in-law, Diana,
and eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Victoria, Madelyn, Audrey, Megan,
Gabriel, Zachary and Ethin, as well as several nieces and nephews; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Ray Darling, Sr., leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Ray L. Darling, Sr., distinguished citizen and
devoted member of his community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Ray Darling, Sr.


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