We are saddened to announce the death of Raymond Newby, age 73, of Antioch CA. He died suddenly, Saturday, October 21, 2017 surrounded by friends, in fellowship with his church.
Ray is lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Verna Mae, his son James A, daughter-in- law Karen, grandson James, granddaughters Jessica, Jemma, Josianna, Jade and Jennifer; siblings, Bill, Connie, Howard, Joanne, Diane and extended family far and wide.
He was preceded in death by his sister Mary, father William Albert and mother Annabelle.
Born in Dundee Scotland, July 8, 1944, Ray enjoyed early childhood with his brother Bill until the family immigrated to the USA where they settled in Yonkers, NY and the Newby family grew. It was there, while attending Gorton High School, that he developed a love for gymnastics and also a love for Verna Mae Gambichler. After becoming NY state champion his love for Verna won out and the two were married on October 27, 1962. They moved to the Bay area where their son James was born. Pursuing college and a career path, they lived in Michigan, New York and Connecticut where Ray earned a B.A. in Education. Married with a kid, he held many jobs as he worked his way through college.
Described as a very hard worker, he could turn his hands to most physical tasks and yet had a broad and deep knowledge of many subjects. Working in construction, automobile manufacturing and as a machine tool mechanic, he turned his talents to writing industrial technical manuals. This experience led him to elevator consulting with brother Bill. For the past 20 he ran his own consulting business, Newby Elevator.
Music filled his life, singing in choirs and tenor solos and ensembles. He dabbled with harmonica, guitar and piano; self-taught, he wrote many songs and poems. His music ministry has blessed many. Duets with his lovely wife were especially beautiful.
A world traveler and adventurer, he visited Kenya with Verna while James worked there, several European countries and recently Scotland with brother Bill to retrace old stomping grounds. James will remember paddling with him on 3 wilderness canoe trips with 3 of Ray’s grandchildren, even at age 70. Victorious in Christ, we will see each other in the resurrection, beholding the face of God, in the fullness of the Kingdom.