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Ray J. McCaffrey
National STONEWALL Veterans Association
S.V.A. Board of Directors
Former S.V.A. Financial Secretary



Although a half-century-plus New Jerseyite, Raymond J. "Ray-Jay" McCaffrey was born on Diamond Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York on the 20th of February in 1932!  Mr. McCaffrey served in the United States military in the Army during the Korean War.  Civilian Ray moved to Morris County in New Jersey in 1957.  So, like the original Frankie Valli (also from N.J.) song goes, Ray-Jay is a "Native New Yorker"!  It was during one of Ray's many trips from NJ-to-NY's "...free-thinking, artistic and exciting Greenwich Village" that Ray-Jay "....happened to stumble that warm Friday evening on the first night of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion"!  Ever since, Ray has always been a wonderful, generous and dedicated organization person as proven longtime not only to the legendary STONEWALL Veterans' Association but with its sister group, the acclaimed Imperial QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York.  Ray-Jay has been an elected and popular officer of both the S.V.A. and the IQKNY!!  Both groups have been widely praised by the most prominent public officials and organizations in both of Ray-Jay's states of record: New York and New Jersey!!




Ray McCaffrey Returns to his Ray-Jay Roots in Brooklyn
[Photo by Leigh McManus]

Proudly pictured (l-2-r):  Willson L. Henderson, S.V.A. President (wearing red shirt and blond hair); Ray McCaffrey, S.V.A. Financial Secretary (wearing white shirt and white cap); Ed Heffernan, S.V.A. Executive Committee (wearing black hat and white beard); David Jenkins-Foxworth, S.V.A. Social Chairperson (wearing black jacket and white tie); and Tony Phillips, Next Magazine Editor (wearing burgundy shirt and brown beard), author of "A Visit with the Stonewall Veterans", a popular, enduring article about the STONEWALL Veterans' Association.  This event is for the annual Brooklyn G.L.B.T. Pride Festival and Parade.  The photo location is on Prospect Park West (adjacent to the park) in Brooklyn, New York.  As planned, the blue 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car" -- which used to spend significant time in Brooklyn and the pride of Brooklyn today -- was on display during the rally and the entertainment show and for the pre-parade line-up later.  After the above photo was taken, the S.V.A. officers present (except one) -- including Ray, WillsonStorme DeLarverie, Jeremiah NewtonKeith Lonesome and Rev. Magora Kennedy -- are about to go on stage for the 2002 Brooklyn G.L.B.T. Pride Rally.  The SVA-ers were presented to the big outdoor audience and after self-introducing each Stonewall vet, Willson spoke to the wildly cheering crowd.  Not shown are Leigh McManus, S.V.A. Stonewall Newzletta editor; Ramon Bellido, S.V.A. Boardmember; and Electra O'Mara, S.V.A. Secretary.  The S.V.A. Treasurer Terri Van Dyke, also a dear friend of Ray, was happily with us with the grand "Stonewall Car" for this outing but, still ailing, he stayed seated in the open Stonewall convertible during the rally.  When we all went out to eat later at the nearby Circle Restaurant, kind Ray kindly treated Terri to a quality dinner.  (Brooklyn Pride provided no accommodations or reimbursements for the S.V.A. or any Stonewall vets or the famous car.)  




Ray McCaffrey in Good Ole Greenwich Village
[Photo by cafe waiter Rudi Sarceno]

After one of the G.L.B.T. Pride Parades (Queens), Ray McCaffrey (left) and pal Willson Henderson, S.V.A. director, enjoy outdoor cocktails and supper with other SVA-ers at one of their favorite restaurants, the Hudson Corner Cafe.  You can't miss the phenomenal "Stonewall Car" bigger than life in broad daylight -- with one of the rare pix showing the glowing 1969 Cadillac "lantern" tail lamps.




Raymond J. McCaffrey with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion
[Photography by the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York]

Smilin' Ray McCaffrey, S.V.A. Financial Secretary, with New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg at his second annual G.L.B.T. Pride celebration at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan, New York, on Thursday, June 26, 2003.  All of the S.V.A. officials and officers in good standing are invited every year to this impressive event, as has been the respectful tradition through several mayors.





Best Wishes to Raymond J. McCaffrey from President George W. Bush, Jr.
[Photography by the Office of the President of the United States]

 

Ray McCaffrey WLH letter

Ray's lovely, appreciative and heartfelt 2004 Holiday Letter to pal Willson
(Letter was included for Willson with Ray's beautiful Christmas card.)


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National Public Radio ("NPR") Special in 2005

Wanna actually hear Ray?  Visit:  www.NPR.org.

Enter three 'search' words:  STONEWALL Veterans' Association
Story title appears:  "Stonewall Anniversary Unites Police, Patrons"
Click on the highlighted Stonewall story title

Click on "Listen" button (circled in red) to hear a clip of the interesting interview by Margot Adler with Ray McCaffrey -- and Willson Henderson and Bill Salzman -- of the National STONEWALL Veterans Association in the U.S.A.

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Remembering.....  Raymond James "Ray-Jay" McCaffrey

Sunrise:  20 February 1932 (NY)   /////   Sunset:  8 April 2019 (NJ)

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Transition Notice for R.J.M. Appeared in "City And State New York"

IN MEMORIAM:  Raymond J. "Ray-Jay" McCaffrey, a member of the board of directors of the 
STONEWALL Veterans Association, died peacefully at his home on Monday, April 8th, 2019.



13 April
2019

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=====2019:  50th Anniversary of historic Stonewall Rebellion=====
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, Manhattan, New York City]


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