Submitted by: Maria Marzec
My Tribute: This is a tribute to my son Raymond, my one and only son that was taken from me September 19, 2014. He died at the age of 24 from a heroin overdose after struggling with his daemons for a few years since the death of his beloved dad three years prior. Ray was a wonderful son growing up and he made me laugh more and more each day. He was a good student and loved playing and watching sports. His favorite sport was Hockey. He grew into a fine young man and started to go to college when my beloved husband passed away suddenly. Ray struggled with pills and moved on to heroine after that. From then on it was a very difficult road he traveled. He made such progress only to relapse again and again. Until the day he died, Ray was a loving son and brother to his sister. Ray was funny and had a huge heart like no one else I know. Whenever I needed someone to talk to, it was him that I called and he was the voice to calm me. It is with such sadness that I live each day but I am hoping that his love, which was abundant, will somehow comfort me. I am happy he is with his father and they must both know that I am going to do my best not to have his life defined by the monster.