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Chance Wilson


From:
California, USA
Post Posted 30 Mar 2018 5:19 pm     Reply with quote

My condolensces to his friends and family. We never met in person, but we used to send cassettes back and forth and I am thankful for the long distance hospitality & camaraderie.
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Godfrey Arthur


From:
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Post Posted 30 Mar 2018 6:45 pm     Reply with quote

Godspeed Ray.

Condolences to his family and the many Ray influenced.
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Fred Glave


From:
McHenry, Illinois, USA
Post Posted 30 Mar 2018 8:24 pm     Part of Steel History Reply with quote

Ray was a significant member of the steel guitar community. He played wonderfully and tastefully in a period when steel guitar was still relatively new! RIP Ray Montee
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Barry Westerfield


From:
Myrtle Beach, SC
Post Posted 31 Mar 2018 2:39 am     Passing of a Legend Reply with quote

Sorry to hear of Mr Montee's passing, another steel legend has gone home, and Pete thank you for being with Ray in is difficult time I believe it helped him stay with us longer than expected
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Billy Easton


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Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 31 Mar 2018 6:56 am     Reply with quote

Rest In Peace, Skipper....
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Joel Johnston


From:
Mead, Washington, USA
Post Posted 31 Mar 2018 8:57 am     Goodbye Skipper Reply with quote

Sad, but expected news for sure.

Pete Burak, I can't tell you what a comfort it was to read your posts in Ray's last days and know that a friend was there talking steel guitar with him and listening to JB music. You were a true friend to Ray and as one forumite said, you represented us all by proxy.

I would like to get your contact information and if I make it to the Portland area in the future, I would love to meet you and share some memories of Ray over a cup of coffee.

As Sally and others have mentioned, I can only imagine that Ray was greeted at the pearly gates by his hero, JB, and together they are playing twin steel guitar on a couple of bake-o-lite Ricky's right now. Go Rest High My Friend.
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Lynn Stafford


From:
Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 31 Mar 2018 9:45 am     Farwell Skipper Reply with quote

My sincerest condolences to all of Ray's close friends and family for their loss. He will indeed be missed by a lot of folks here in Portland as well as those that he touched elsewhere around the world during his lifetime. I'm sure his good friend, the late Tom Palmer was also there to greet him with open arms...

Kindest regards,
Lynn Stafford
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Mark Helm


From:
Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 31 Mar 2018 5:43 pm     RIP, Ray Reply with quote

We're all richer for the talent you shared with us. Sad

Listening to JB and some of your music and remembering...
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Willis Vanderberg


From:
Petoskey Mi
Post Posted 1 Apr 2018 10:45 am     Reply with quote

Ray and I shared a love for big round engine airplanes as well as the steel guitar. He loved the old Lockheed twin that he flew and we had some great stories we swapped about those days. I can't add much to what has already been said. Today was my eighty fifth birthday and I can say I never met a more interesting person in my life. Rest high on that mountain Ray .We are going to miss you , when ever I hear a JB tune it will be you I am thinking of. God bless your sweet wife for her love and devotion to you .
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John Brabant


From:
Calais, VT, USA
Post Posted 1 Apr 2018 6:46 pm     Reply with quote

RIP Ray. I will miss your posts. The world is a better place because of you.
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Dan Burnham


From:
Greenfield, Tennessee
Post Posted 2 Apr 2018 4:32 am     RIP Ray Reply with quote

Praying for the family,
Dan
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Doug Jones


From:
Oregon & Florida
Post Posted 2 Apr 2018 4:38 am     Reply with quote

Many great memories of Ray's humor, but mostly his great touch and taste in picking one of his old Ricks.

Sorry to hear of the loss and condolences to Sally and the fam.
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Steve Green


From:
Gulfport, MS, USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2018 9:03 am     Reply with quote

I always enjoyed Ray's posts. He was without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable men around concerning Jerry Byrd, and non-pedal Hawaiian guitar in general. RIP Ray.

This is my all-time favorite video of Ray, playing "Swinging On The Steel", on his 4-neck Bigsby on the Heck Harper TV show in 1964.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQoZMLYHs-M
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Mike Brown


From:
Meridian, Mississippi USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2018 10:49 am     Ray Montee Reply with quote

RIP
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Terry Wood


From:
Marshfield, MO
Post Posted 4 Apr 2018 3:26 am     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear this news! I never knew him personally but we both had a Great Friend and hero in Jerry Byrd! I always enjoyed his posts and comments! Prayer for his family and many friends!
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Chuck S. Lettes


From:
Denver, Colorado
Post Posted 4 Apr 2018 7:14 pm     Reply with quote

Sad news. Ray was one of the good guys, and I'm glad I got to know him. Thanks, Pete, for being there as a friend to Ray.
Chuck
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Dave Mudgett


From:
Central Pennsylvania
Post Posted 18 Apr 2018 11:32 am     Reply with quote

RIP, Ray. He was a truly great player who loved steel guitar and its players, and was encyclopedic in his knowledge. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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Andy DePaule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 21 Apr 2018 9:23 pm     News is slow out here Reply with quote

News is slow out here so it is already three weeks and I just now heard Ray had passed away.
My best wishes to all his family and friends.
Wish I had met him, but always enjoyed his posts as well as his playing.
Sad news indeed.
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George Keoki Lake


From:
Edmonton, AB., Canada
Post Posted 2 May 2018 11:18 am     Reply with quote

Like most on this FORUM, I (and we) knew the Skipper was on borrowed time. He and I "met" on this media and again, like so many, we never met in person! Ray was an ardent fan of JB...and when I mentioned Ray's name to JB, there was a mutual feeling between both of them...admiration ! Ray sent me a number of tapes in the old days. What a fine musician he was. I will miss his emails (and tapes). My deepest sympathy goes out to Sally, whom I never met either.
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Steven Cummings


From:
Texas
Post Posted 4 Jun 2018 5:36 pm     Reply with quote

Say there George. Do you have the means to put some of Rays old recordings up on youtube for posterity?
I know there is some on youtube but not enough

Just a thought>
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Dom Franco


From:
Beaverton, OR, 97007
Post Posted 6 Jun 2018 6:44 pm     Reply with quote

RIP Ray.... I was privileged to meet him in person and speak to him a few times. He lived just a few miles away from me, and I always wanted to visit and jam with him. But now he has gone to a better place where I pray we will one day meet again playing and singing in the heavenly orchestra.
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