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In Memory of

Ray F. Flow

April 6, 1941 - May 19, 2017

Obituary


Ray Flow, of Lantana , FL, passed away from this life peacefully in the company of his family early Friday May 19th, 2017, from complications of cancer that he and his beloved wife Connie had been battling for the last year. He was 76.

His illness was a great shock as Ray was a very physically active and clean living sort all his life. He was an excellent and frequent racquetball and squash player since the 80's. He also loved to snow ski, dance the southern coastal cultural treasure known as the 'shag',...

Ray Flow, of Lantana , FL, passed away from this life peacefully in the company of his family early Friday May 19th, 2017, from complications of cancer that he and his beloved wife Connie had been battling for the last year. He was 76.

His illness was a great shock as Ray was a very physically active and clean living sort all his life. He was an excellent and frequent racquetball and squash player since the 80's. He also loved to snow ski, dance the southern coastal cultural treasure known as the 'shag', and he traveled extensively with his good friends.

As one friend described him, "He (was) a sterling patriot with an infectious personality." Ray liked to work hard and play at least as hard, active with and contributing to clubs and organizations over the years including the Salvation Army, the Rotary Club, Toastmasters, Golf For A Cure (an Alzheimer's Research funding foundation), the Heritage Foundation, the NRA, the Palm Beach Gator Ski Club (and various other ski clubs), and the Republican Club. He was a founder and served on the board of the Florida Association for Child Care Management. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist church and later on, of Lakeside Presbyterian and he sang in the choir for both.

He was lucky and industrious enough to have a life story resembling the American dream as much as any you have ever heard.

Born and raised in Broadway NC to parents Lola and Sam Flow, his life started growing up in a large family as tobacco sharecroppers. Ray attended Broadway High, where he played all sports, but basketball was his favorite. Shortly after graduating and a summer in Myrtle Beach, he served in the U.S. military during some of which time he was stationed in Germany. He afforded a college education in Florida on the G.I. bill and eventually with a little of his wife's help, graduating from FAU with a degree in international business.

He was married to Sharon Flow in Daytona Beach in 1965, and they remained happily married until her passing from breast cancer in 1997. Together, they had two daughters and they opened and operated A Little Dude Ranch child care centers, which were open under that name from 1973 to 2002. Ray himself was known to accompany students' singing performances on guitar at preschool graduation ceremonies every year, as well as singers featured in the Little Dude Ranch float also each year in the Lake Worth Christmas Parade.

A resident of Palm Beach County since 1965, he was a lifelong entrepreneur who loved his work, and well-known in his community. As a young man, he worked in business computer sales for the Burroughs Corporation until he could put his savings and talents into real estate investment and development, which he would continue to do for the rest of his life. A small district of apartment buildings in Lake Worth was built and managed by his hands for over 40 years; he also invested in real estate throughout the south, and was the proprietor of Lake Worth Storage, which was opened after his years in the child care business were over.

He is survived by his second wife, Connie Flow, daughters Keely & Melanie (Mimi) Flow, and dear brothers and sisters, Charmion Spainhour, Tony, Jenette, and Ben Flow, and Patti Flora, with all of whom he remained on loving and good terms all his life. He is also survived by one

grandchild, Zosia Procyk, (and three grandchildren by marriage) and also a small but dedicated and deeply cherished professional staff, including Marge Lagendyk, who worked with him for nearly 40 years.

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 3-6pm at Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd, Atlantis, FL 33462. Arrangements entrusted to: Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens, Lake Worth, FL 33461 www.dorsey-smithmemorygardens.com