Raymond C. Boles.
As the family gathered around Ray
final hours, childhood stories that captured the idiosyncrasies of the Boles clan filled the room with animation and laughter.
The only voice missing was that of Ray
, but no doubt his
listening spirit was joining in.
last waking moments were listening to his
sweetheart of 50 years tell him how much she
listened, as he
always did, sweetly puckered his
lips, and gave his
famous three-peck act of affection with the smile that lit up his
was the right hand and Betty was his
left-helping him in every way she
could in business and life.
These were the eyes of the best barber in Tempe.
eyes watched our city grow, change and prosper.
involvement in real estate development, the Chamber, the Zoning board, the Masons and so much more were all testaments to his
belief in our little town.
, in his
50 years of barbering cut the hair of nearly every VIP at ASU, Tempe, and the state of Arizona.
While, no doubt the skills were intact long before, it was through his
maturity as a barber that he
learned to watch and listen to people.
For all those who really knew him, he
did far more than cut hair.
A few of his accomplishments would include Charter Member of the Tempe Boys Club, Recipient of the Gold Medallion from the National Boys Club of America, admission to the Barbers Hall of Fame, Founding member of the Rio Salado Bank and Chairman of the Bank at the time of its sale to Zion's Bancorporation.
These were the eyes of a subtle, no-frills philanthropic soul.
would see a need and help find an answer, whether that was a $100 loan to a perfect stranger or traveling to give a haircut to someone who was too ill to come to the shop.
made the shop the center of our city for many years.
was known for his
constant journeys to make a deal.
deals were everything from prime real estate in Tempe to artifacts of Arizona history.
If there was a deal to be cut, Ray
was the one to go to...we think he
must have originated the definition of negotiator!
These were the eyes of a great storyteller.
would listen to their stories, and in a short time would be ready to share his
's stories were great and almost always filled with some element of humor, what was most entertaining was the way he
contagious laughter, sparkling eyes and earnest interest in engaging those around him always left you wanting to hear more.
These were the eyes of a good husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather.
Steve, Stan, Randy, Deborah and Charles all treasured their dad.
ran a "tight ship" and expected a lot out of his
children, which was a phrase he
extended to daughters and sons in-laws alike.
loved to brag on his
family and their accomplishments to anyone who might show an interest in listening.
These were the eyes of a man who embraced integrity.
Honesty, honor, compassion and love were all qualities he
lived every day.
As we looked into Ray
's eyes for the last time, we couldn't help but think of the ways he
had touched our lives.
He lived his life as a good, Christian man and a member of Arizona Community Church.
was our patriarch, our leader, our director.
was a good, genuine and kind man.
spot in this world cannot be replaced.
For those who were lucky enough to know him he
will be greatly missed.