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Old 08-13-2017, 03:02 PM
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Passing of NovaFlyer

Avid Flyer Fan and fellow UD Prider, NovaFlyer, passed away this weekend. Ray Olfky was someone you definitely wouldn't forget if you ever met him, as he was a genuine pleasure to be around and always had a smile on his face.

I met Ray 11 seasons ago as my wife and I came across season tickets right next to him. I always knew when we were in for a good time harassing referees when Ray had a beer to start the game. Ray was an adjunct professor at UD, Air Force Veteran, member of the Retirement Village People (at Dragon's Games) and most widely known in the area as being involved with distance running. I have read many Facebook posts over the last few weeks regarding Ray and realized what an impact he had on everyone he was around.

You never know who you may come across during your travels as a UD fan, and Ray is one that I am fortunate to have met.

Nice link on Ray and his Dayton Distance running HOF:

https://www.daytondistancerunninghof.com/ray-olfky

Prayers are with the Olfky family.
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I also had the good fortune of meeting Ray and his wife through Soccer, VB, and Women's BB. I last saw him in June and he had hoped to make it to some fall games.
The Flyers athletes in all sports have lost a wonderful friend and fan.
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Thanks Shocka, Ray sounds like a great guy and I send my condolences to his family.
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So unfortunate. Very much enjoyed his contributions over the years on all things UD. He was a die-hard Flyer. Please give his family our very best thoughts and condolences.
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Very sad news, Ray regularly posted on our board, vuhoops.com as Novaflyer. A good man...
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I've met Ray a couple times, but my Dad goes way back with him as my Dad used to be a hardcore distance runner and ran with a lot of people in the community. Ray was a great guy and to read all the stuff on FB about him and from everyone is pretty amazing. Prayers to his family.
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