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Susan Myers
Susan Myers
I have and will continue to lift you and your family up to the Great Physician, our Lord and Savior.  May His presence be felt by you and your family as He walks with you all in this season you are in.


There's no safer place than in His hands.


In Christ,


Susan Myers


Highland (Palmdale)
Jeanne Hendricks
Jeanne Hendricks
Raf was a life saver for me. I moved to Linfield after both of my parents died in a plane accident. As one of my teachers and coaches, Raf loved on me even in my ugly days. Both Raf and Karen brought me into their home, allowed me to babysit the boys, and taught me so much more than Government and softball. I will always be forever indebted to the hours of time that Raf poured into my life. He was the dad that I needed so badly in my teen years. My prayer is that God will comfort Karen, Justin and Shane in the same way he comforted me.

Jeanne Hendricks '90

"Ido" or " The Divine Miss M"
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
I knew Scott for 35 years. We didn't see each other very often, but when we did Scott had a way of making the time compress as if we saw each other just the day before. I will miss those visits. My prayers are now for those he has left behind, but with the added hope through Christ that all will be reunited again.

God's blessing,
Mark Taylor
Dwight Fullington
Dwight Fullington
Dear Shane and Justin,

Dwight and I send our love and prayers that Christ will lessen the sorrow as He gives you peace and joy in knowing that your dad is with Him.  We are so blessed that "we do not grieve as those who have no hope."  I have just read many of the tributes that your dad received and was blessed by all the fond memories that came flooding back--memories of my own days at Linfield, days that were enriched by your dad and the joy he found in life--the joy he shared with all of us.

In Christ,
Patty and Dwight Fullington
   
Eric Forsberg
Eric Forsberg
Justin:


Desiree and I are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Your dad fought a valiant fight to beat this beast; but as you've stated, he is now with the lord and releived of the pain and suffering.  Although I did not really know your Dad; he must have been a great guy as you are certainly a fine example in the son he raised.  Praying the lord gives you, Karli and family the peace and knowledge that your Dad is in a far better place.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Eric & Desiree


 


 
your sister who loves you so much!
your sister who loves you so much!
From Kelly (Raftery) Kanehen:

I want to again thank you, each of you, for the loving tributes, memories, prayers, and support you have shown my mom, Chuck, Justin, Shane, and myself during this time.  They say when you lose your sibling, it's like ripping half of your heart out.  I understand that now.  Half of my heart was ripped out Saturday morning when my amazing brother went Home.  But knowing now that he now is joined with his little brother, Paul,  and my daddy next to their Heavenly Father..what joy that brings me!  And to know that he is out of pain and cancer free.  I am missing him so much already - still trying to grasp that he's not with us any more.  And I'm sure that if he could, he would be asking Jesus if he can come back just for a bit more to tell us how wonderful Heaven is!  That we should not cry for him, but rejoice for him - - because as my mom put it so beautifully to Scott when he found out the cancer had spread - - "No matter what happens", she told him," You win!"  "If you beat this cancer, you win.  And if you don't, you win!"  My brother won! 

Thank you again.  No words can really express my gratefulness to each of you.  He has left an amazing, wonderful legacy not only to his sons and his sister and mother, but to us all.  He will be missed - until we meet again!

I love you, brother!  I miss you.  I need a hug!  Save a big one for me when I get there, okay?!

 
Jeni Geach
Jeni Geach
Justin, Shane, Elane and Chuck,  "When I said my foot is slipping, your love, O Lord, supported me.  When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul." Psalm 94:18-19  "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him." Lamentations 3:21-24   Praying you feel God's arms wrapped around you consoling and comforting you and giving you joy and hope.  We rejoice that Scott is no longer in pain and is whole again smiling and rejoicing in God's presence. We are so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you as you grieve.Blessings to you!
Pat Heckert
Pat Heckert
Justin and Shane and family, I continue to hold you in my prayers.  Your dad was so kind to me when we moved to California.  His joy for life was a constant bright spot in all of our days.  To read all of the posts here and on Facebook lets everyone know how much he was loved for taking time to care about the people around him.  That was his special ministry and the most important one of all.  I know he will continue to look down and remind us.  Lifting you up in prayer.  --Pat
Jenna Fox
Jenna Fox
I have so many memories over the years with your wonderful family! Raffy-Poo was an amazing man and an inspiration for me not only as a young student and softball player, but now as a young teacher. I cannot tell you how many times something has happened during my short teaching and coaching career that something funny from Raf has come to mind. Not only do I play "would you rather" with my students like he did in class, but I run my practices the same way he did... including something dabbling with phantom ball (but no one could do that like Raf). So many of my childhood memories involve the wonderful Raftery family. He always gave the best hugs, but the last one I got from him with always be the best! Next time I'm at Disneyland, I'll be standing by his pole to watch the fireworks and make my way over to get ice cream as soon as they are done! Praying for you all and can't wait to see this wonderful man again with Jesus! 
David Bixby
David Bixby
My friend
So for all of you who knew him from Linfield and the CIF, here are some sweet memories of Scott from earlier years.
I first met Scott at APC (now APU) in 1977. He was the leftfielder for the Cougars. I loved watching him play. He played with abandon and had the sweetest left handed swing ever. He was in the top 10 in career hits and top 15 in runs scored. One of our best.
Walkabout guide (10 day wilderness trip with college students)
Scott and Ted Trubenbach always had the best walkabout team because of the energy and life they poured into their students.  For two years their team and my team had the same destination. I remember sitting around the campfire when students were on solo talking about life, and hopes and dreams..... And laughing....a lot
I remember waiting at the Nitche for Scott and Ted to come up Cora Creek trail (the mother of all uphill hikes) two hours uphill in the sun with no water. Some students had lost their water bottles and Ted and Scott gave the students their bottles. I remember watching Scott and Ted get to the top, walk through the stream in knee-high water, undo their backpacks exhausted and dehydrated and collapse.... And then they slept for two hours next to each other. For some sick reason that is a sweet memory.
I remember camping with Scott up near Santa Barbara. We spent the day at the beach and we were driving back to our camp site. Scott was driving and a bee flew in the window and stung Scott right near his eye. His eye swelled shut in seconds and we laughed till we cried.
I remember playing softball with Scott on our church team and him being the difference many times between winning and losing.
I remember the ah-she game and him ringing me up more times than I can count.
I remember him often violating my personal space as I would turn my head and he would be less than an inch away from my face staring at me.
We shared the joy and the pain that life can sometimes bring. I know I was able to manage life better because of the example he was to me.
Mostly I remember a loyal, kind, human being who loved his boys more than they will ever know. I am so deeply touched by the tributes I have read from those who loved him as well. Although I did not see him very often the past few years, I will always treasure the way he filled me with joy. Scott was a purveyor of hope. He was life giving..... A one of a kind. The world is a better place because of you Scott Raftery.
Dave Bixby
Denise Olson
Denise Olson
Our thoughts and prayers are very much with you and your whole family right now and in the coming days. Your family remains so dear to us even though we don't see you often. We praise God with you that Scott is healed and whole and with his Savior today. We'll praying for you as you plan his celebration service and as you spend time together as a family.
Love and Hugs,
Denise and Roger
Kristin Lopez
Kristin Lopez
Thinking of Scott and praying for peace for his family. My best memory of Scott was when he was my leader on Walkabout 1987 for APU. When I was doing my solo time for two days, the water filter broke. As some of you know, during those two days the only things you have are the clothes on your back, water filter, and a Bible, pen, and notebook. I remember getting a note from Scott on a tiny scrap of paper saying, "The water filter is fixed." Nothing fancy, but they were words of life at the time. I loved Scott Raftery. I regret that our paths haven't crossed since my APU days. I will continue to wear my ScottStrong band as a reminder to pray for his family.
Love, Kristin (Leander) Lopez
Kevin Rex
Kevin Rex
Today I lost a very dear friend. Heaven gained an amazing man. I can hear the words from here-- "good job my faithful servant." Thank you for being such an incredible and supportive friend, Scott. I love you and will miss you horribly. The day will come when we will reunite.
Hollie Woods
Hollie Woods
Your dear, sweet dad will never know pain, suffering, or sadness again. As believers, we have mixed emotions about our grief and loss, while we rejoice in Raf's final homecoming. I take great comfort, and have confidence that you do as well, in knowing that we will be reunited one day. So blessed to read the many Facebook posts and laugh at the pictures--I don't think that I have ever known anyone who had a greater impact on more people than Scott Raftery. His absence will leave a big hole here on earth. Love, joy, comfort, and peace to all of your grieving family. XOXOX

Hols and Sparkles, and our kids, who loved him
Susan Myers
Susan Myers
I have and will continue to lift you and your family up to the Great Physician, our Lord and Savior.  May His presence be felt by you and your family as He walks with you all in this season you are in.


There's no safer place than in His hands.


In Christ,


Susan Myers


Highland (Palmdale)
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
I knew Scott for 35 years. We didn't see each other very often, but when we did Scott had a way of making the time compress as if we saw each other just the day before. I will miss those visits. My prayers are now for those he has left behind, but with the added hope through Christ that all will be reunited again.

God's blessing,
Mark Taylor
Eric Forsberg
Eric Forsberg
Justin:


Desiree and I are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Your dad fought a valiant fight to beat this beast; but as you've stated, he is now with the lord and releived of the pain and suffering.  Although I did not really know your Dad; he must have been a great guy as you are certainly a fine example in the son he raised.  Praying the lord gives you, Karli and family the peace and knowledge that your Dad is in a far better place.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Eric & Desiree


 


 
Jeni Geach
Jeni Geach
Justin, Shane, Elane and Chuck,  "When I said my foot is slipping, your love, O Lord, supported me.  When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul." Psalm 94:18-19  "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him." Lamentations 3:21-24   Praying you feel God's arms wrapped around you consoling and comforting you and giving you joy and hope.  We rejoice that Scott is no longer in pain and is whole again smiling and rejoicing in God's presence. We are so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you as you grieve.Blessings to you!
Jenna Fox
Jenna Fox
I have so many memories over the years with your wonderful family! Raffy-Poo was an amazing man and an inspiration for me not only as a young student and softball player, but now as a young teacher. I cannot tell you how many times something has happened during my short teaching and coaching career that something funny from Raf has come to mind. Not only do I play "would you rather" with my students like he did in class, but I run my practices the same way he did... including something dabbling with phantom ball (but no one could do that like Raf). So many of my childhood memories involve the wonderful Raftery family. He always gave the best hugs, but the last one I got from him with always be the best! Next time I'm at Disneyland, I'll be standing by his pole to watch the fireworks and make my way over to get ice cream as soon as they are done! Praying for you all and can't wait to see this wonderful man again with Jesus! 
Denise Olson
Denise Olson
Our thoughts and prayers are very much with you and your whole family right now and in the coming days. Your family remains so dear to us even though we don't see you often. We praise God with you that Scott is healed and whole and with his Savior today. We'll praying for you as you plan his celebration service and as you spend time together as a family.
Love and Hugs,
Denise and Roger
Hollie Woods
Hollie Woods
Your dear, sweet dad will never know pain, suffering, or sadness again. As believers, we have mixed emotions about our grief and loss, while we rejoice in Raf's final homecoming. I take great comfort, and have confidence that you do as well, in knowing that we will be reunited one day. So blessed to read the many Facebook posts and laugh at the pictures--I don't think that I have ever known anyone who had a greater impact on more people than Scott Raftery. His absence will leave a big hole here on earth. Love, joy, comfort, and peace to all of your grieving family. XOXOX

Hols and Sparkles, and our kids, who loved him
Jeanne Hendricks
Jeanne Hendricks
Raf was a life saver for me. I moved to Linfield after both of my parents died in a plane accident. As one of my teachers and coaches, Raf loved on me even in my ugly days. Both Raf and Karen brought me into their home, allowed me to babysit the boys, and taught me so much more than Government and softball. I will always be forever indebted to the hours of time that Raf poured into my life. He was the dad that I needed so badly in my teen years. My prayer is that God will comfort Karen, Justin and Shane in the same way he comforted me.

Jeanne Hendricks '90

"Ido" or " The Divine Miss M"
Dwight Fullington
Dwight Fullington
Dear Shane and Justin,

Dwight and I send our love and prayers that Christ will lessen the sorrow as He gives you peace and joy in knowing that your dad is with Him.  We are so blessed that "we do not grieve as those who have no hope."  I have just read many of the tributes that your dad received and was blessed by all the fond memories that came flooding back--memories of my own days at Linfield, days that were enriched by your dad and the joy he found in life--the joy he shared with all of us.

In Christ,
Patty and Dwight Fullington
   
your sister who loves you so much!
your sister who loves you so much!
From Kelly (Raftery) Kanehen:

I want to again thank you, each of you, for the loving tributes, memories, prayers, and support you have shown my mom, Chuck, Justin, Shane, and myself during this time.  They say when you lose your sibling, it's like ripping half of your heart out.  I understand that now.  Half of my heart was ripped out Saturday morning when my amazing brother went Home.  But knowing now that he now is joined with his little brother, Paul,  and my daddy next to their Heavenly Father..what joy that brings me!  And to know that he is out of pain and cancer free.  I am missing him so much already - still trying to grasp that he's not with us any more.  And I'm sure that if he could, he would be asking Jesus if he can come back just for a bit more to tell us how wonderful Heaven is!  That we should not cry for him, but rejoice for him - - because as my mom put it so beautifully to Scott when he found out the cancer had spread - - "No matter what happens", she told him," You win!"  "If you beat this cancer, you win.  And if you don't, you win!"  My brother won! 

Thank you again.  No words can really express my gratefulness to each of you.  He has left an amazing, wonderful legacy not only to his sons and his sister and mother, but to us all.  He will be missed - until we meet again!

I love you, brother!  I miss you.  I need a hug!  Save a big one for me when I get there, okay?!

 
Pat Heckert
Pat Heckert
Justin and Shane and family, I continue to hold you in my prayers.  Your dad was so kind to me when we moved to California.  His joy for life was a constant bright spot in all of our days.  To read all of the posts here and on Facebook lets everyone know how much he was loved for taking time to care about the people around him.  That was his special ministry and the most important one of all.  I know he will continue to look down and remind us.  Lifting you up in prayer.  --Pat
David Bixby
David Bixby
My friend
So for all of you who knew him from Linfield and the CIF, here are some sweet memories of Scott from earlier years.
I first met Scott at APC (now APU) in 1977. He was the leftfielder for the Cougars. I loved watching him play. He played with abandon and had the sweetest left handed swing ever. He was in the top 10 in career hits and top 15 in runs scored. One of our best.
Walkabout guide (10 day wilderness trip with college students)
Scott and Ted Trubenbach always had the best walkabout team because of the energy and life they poured into their students.  For two years their team and my team had the same destination. I remember sitting around the campfire when students were on solo talking about life, and hopes and dreams..... And laughing....a lot
I remember waiting at the Nitche for Scott and Ted to come up Cora Creek trail (the mother of all uphill hikes) two hours uphill in the sun with no water. Some students had lost their water bottles and Ted and Scott gave the students their bottles. I remember watching Scott and Ted get to the top, walk through the stream in knee-high water, undo their backpacks exhausted and dehydrated and collapse.... And then they slept for two hours next to each other. For some sick reason that is a sweet memory.
I remember camping with Scott up near Santa Barbara. We spent the day at the beach and we were driving back to our camp site. Scott was driving and a bee flew in the window and stung Scott right near his eye. His eye swelled shut in seconds and we laughed till we cried.
I remember playing softball with Scott on our church team and him being the difference many times between winning and losing.
I remember the ah-she game and him ringing me up more times than I can count.
I remember him often violating my personal space as I would turn my head and he would be less than an inch away from my face staring at me.
We shared the joy and the pain that life can sometimes bring. I know I was able to manage life better because of the example he was to me.
Mostly I remember a loyal, kind, human being who loved his boys more than they will ever know. I am so deeply touched by the tributes I have read from those who loved him as well. Although I did not see him very often the past few years, I will always treasure the way he filled me with joy. Scott was a purveyor of hope. He was life giving..... A one of a kind. The world is a better place because of you Scott Raftery.
Dave Bixby
Kristin Lopez
Kristin Lopez
Thinking of Scott and praying for peace for his family. My best memory of Scott was when he was my leader on Walkabout 1987 for APU. When I was doing my solo time for two days, the water filter broke. As some of you know, during those two days the only things you have are the clothes on your back, water filter, and a Bible, pen, and notebook. I remember getting a note from Scott on a tiny scrap of paper saying, "The water filter is fixed." Nothing fancy, but they were words of life at the time. I loved Scott Raftery. I regret that our paths haven't crossed since my APU days. I will continue to wear my ScottStrong band as a reminder to pray for his family.
Love, Kristin (Leander) Lopez
Kevin Rex
Kevin Rex
Today I lost a very dear friend. Heaven gained an amazing man. I can hear the words from here-- "good job my faithful servant." Thank you for being such an incredible and supportive friend, Scott. I love you and will miss you horribly. The day will come when we will reunite.
Susan Myers
Susan Myers
I have and will continue to lift you and your family up to the Great Physician, our Lord and Savior.  May His presence be felt by you and your family as He walks with you all in this season you are in.


There's no safer place than in His hands.


In Christ,


Susan Myers


Highland (Palmdale)
Dwight Fullington
Dwight Fullington
Dear Shane and Justin,

Dwight and I send our love and prayers that Christ will lessen the sorrow as He gives you peace and joy in knowing that your dad is with Him.  We are so blessed that "we do not grieve as those who have no hope."  I have just read many of the tributes that your dad received and was blessed by all the fond memories that came flooding back--memories of my own days at Linfield, days that were enriched by your dad and the joy he found in life--the joy he shared with all of us.

In Christ,
Patty and Dwight Fullington
   
Jeni Geach
Jeni Geach
Justin, Shane, Elane and Chuck,  "When I said my foot is slipping, your love, O Lord, supported me.  When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul." Psalm 94:18-19  "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him." Lamentations 3:21-24   Praying you feel God's arms wrapped around you consoling and comforting you and giving you joy and hope.  We rejoice that Scott is no longer in pain and is whole again smiling and rejoicing in God's presence. We are so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you as you grieve.Blessings to you!
David Bixby
David Bixby
My friend
So for all of you who knew him from Linfield and the CIF, here are some sweet memories of Scott from earlier years.
I first met Scott at APC (now APU) in 1977. He was the leftfielder for the Cougars. I loved watching him play. He played with abandon and had the sweetest left handed swing ever. He was in the top 10 in career hits and top 15 in runs scored. One of our best.
Walkabout guide (10 day wilderness trip with college students)
Scott and Ted Trubenbach always had the best walkabout team because of the energy and life they poured into their students.  For two years their team and my team had the same destination. I remember sitting around the campfire when students were on solo talking about life, and hopes and dreams..... And laughing....a lot
I remember waiting at the Nitche for Scott and Ted to come up Cora Creek trail (the mother of all uphill hikes) two hours uphill in the sun with no water. Some students had lost their water bottles and Ted and Scott gave the students their bottles. I remember watching Scott and Ted get to the top, walk through the stream in knee-high water, undo their backpacks exhausted and dehydrated and collapse.... And then they slept for two hours next to each other. For some sick reason that is a sweet memory.
I remember camping with Scott up near Santa Barbara. We spent the day at the beach and we were driving back to our camp site. Scott was driving and a bee flew in the window and stung Scott right near his eye. His eye swelled shut in seconds and we laughed till we cried.
I remember playing softball with Scott on our church team and him being the difference many times between winning and losing.
I remember the ah-she game and him ringing me up more times than I can count.
I remember him often violating my personal space as I would turn my head and he would be less than an inch away from my face staring at me.
We shared the joy and the pain that life can sometimes bring. I know I was able to manage life better because of the example he was to me.
Mostly I remember a loyal, kind, human being who loved his boys more than they will ever know. I am so deeply touched by the tributes I have read from those who loved him as well. Although I did not see him very often the past few years, I will always treasure the way he filled me with joy. Scott was a purveyor of hope. He was life giving..... A one of a kind. The world is a better place because of you Scott Raftery.
Dave Bixby
Kevin Rex
Kevin Rex
Today I lost a very dear friend. Heaven gained an amazing man. I can hear the words from here-- "good job my faithful servant." Thank you for being such an incredible and supportive friend, Scott. I love you and will miss you horribly. The day will come when we will reunite.
Jeanne Hendricks
Jeanne Hendricks
Raf was a life saver for me. I moved to Linfield after both of my parents died in a plane accident. As one of my teachers and coaches, Raf loved on me even in my ugly days. Both Raf and Karen brought me into their home, allowed me to babysit the boys, and taught me so much more than Government and softball. I will always be forever indebted to the hours of time that Raf poured into my life. He was the dad that I needed so badly in my teen years. My prayer is that God will comfort Karen, Justin and Shane in the same way he comforted me.

Jeanne Hendricks '90

"Ido" or " The Divine Miss M"
Eric Forsberg
Eric Forsberg
Justin:


Desiree and I are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Your dad fought a valiant fight to beat this beast; but as you've stated, he is now with the lord and releived of the pain and suffering.  Although I did not really know your Dad; he must have been a great guy as you are certainly a fine example in the son he raised.  Praying the lord gives you, Karli and family the peace and knowledge that your Dad is in a far better place.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Eric & Desiree


 


 
Pat Heckert
Pat Heckert
Justin and Shane and family, I continue to hold you in my prayers.  Your dad was so kind to me when we moved to California.  His joy for life was a constant bright spot in all of our days.  To read all of the posts here and on Facebook lets everyone know how much he was loved for taking time to care about the people around him.  That was his special ministry and the most important one of all.  I know he will continue to look down and remind us.  Lifting you up in prayer.  --Pat
Denise Olson
Denise Olson
Our thoughts and prayers are very much with you and your whole family right now and in the coming days. Your family remains so dear to us even though we don't see you often. We praise God with you that Scott is healed and whole and with his Savior today. We'll praying for you as you plan his celebration service and as you spend time together as a family.
Love and Hugs,
Denise and Roger
Hollie Woods
Hollie Woods
Your dear, sweet dad will never know pain, suffering, or sadness again. As believers, we have mixed emotions about our grief and loss, while we rejoice in Raf's final homecoming. I take great comfort, and have confidence that you do as well, in knowing that we will be reunited one day. So blessed to read the many Facebook posts and laugh at the pictures--I don't think that I have ever known anyone who had a greater impact on more people than Scott Raftery. His absence will leave a big hole here on earth. Love, joy, comfort, and peace to all of your grieving family. XOXOX

Hols and Sparkles, and our kids, who loved him
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
I knew Scott for 35 years. We didn't see each other very often, but when we did Scott had a way of making the time compress as if we saw each other just the day before. I will miss those visits. My prayers are now for those he has left behind, but with the added hope through Christ that all will be reunited again.

God's blessing,
Mark Taylor
your sister who loves you so much!
your sister who loves you so much!
From Kelly (Raftery) Kanehen:

I want to again thank you, each of you, for the loving tributes, memories, prayers, and support you have shown my mom, Chuck, Justin, Shane, and myself during this time.  They say when you lose your sibling, it's like ripping half of your heart out.  I understand that now.  Half of my heart was ripped out Saturday morning when my amazing brother went Home.  But knowing now that he now is joined with his little brother, Paul,  and my daddy next to their Heavenly Father..what joy that brings me!  And to know that he is out of pain and cancer free.  I am missing him so much already - still trying to grasp that he's not with us any more.  And I'm sure that if he could, he would be asking Jesus if he can come back just for a bit more to tell us how wonderful Heaven is!  That we should not cry for him, but rejoice for him - - because as my mom put it so beautifully to Scott when he found out the cancer had spread - - "No matter what happens", she told him," You win!"  "If you beat this cancer, you win.  And if you don't, you win!"  My brother won! 

Thank you again.  No words can really express my gratefulness to each of you.  He has left an amazing, wonderful legacy not only to his sons and his sister and mother, but to us all.  He will be missed - until we meet again!

I love you, brother!  I miss you.  I need a hug!  Save a big one for me when I get there, okay?!

 
Jenna Fox
Jenna Fox
I have so many memories over the years with your wonderful family! Raffy-Poo was an amazing man and an inspiration for me not only as a young student and softball player, but now as a young teacher. I cannot tell you how many times something has happened during my short teaching and coaching career that something funny from Raf has come to mind. Not only do I play "would you rather" with my students like he did in class, but I run my practices the same way he did... including something dabbling with phantom ball (but no one could do that like Raf). So many of my childhood memories involve the wonderful Raftery family. He always gave the best hugs, but the last one I got from him with always be the best! Next time I'm at Disneyland, I'll be standing by his pole to watch the fireworks and make my way over to get ice cream as soon as they are done! Praying for you all and can't wait to see this wonderful man again with Jesus! 
Kristin Lopez
Kristin Lopez
Thinking of Scott and praying for peace for his family. My best memory of Scott was when he was my leader on Walkabout 1987 for APU. When I was doing my solo time for two days, the water filter broke. As some of you know, during those two days the only things you have are the clothes on your back, water filter, and a Bible, pen, and notebook. I remember getting a note from Scott on a tiny scrap of paper saying, "The water filter is fixed." Nothing fancy, but they were words of life at the time. I loved Scott Raftery. I regret that our paths haven't crossed since my APU days. I will continue to wear my ScottStrong band as a reminder to pray for his family.
Love, Kristin (Leander) Lopez