Ontario has sadly lost one of its great citizens. Ray Hartley passed away Feb. 13 leaving behind a grieving family and countless friends. Ray’s service to his country (Serving in the Air Force in Vietnam), and his service to his community (Serving 26 years with the Ontario Police Department) are an exemplary example of public service. Ray was very well known in the community and knew no strangers. He was a friend, mentor, and role model for many young men over the years. His generosity and friendship enriched the lives of countless friends and family members throughout his life. Ray enjoyed life to the fullest. He worked hard and played hard. He will be remembered for his wit, sense of humor, and willingness to always help a friend in need.

Ray used to jokingly say, “Every day is a holiday, and every meal is a banquet.” That summarized his outlook on life. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Stuart Grimes,


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