Ray Underhill spent the last two years of his life battling a chordoma brain tumor. Despite the conditions debilitating effects, Ray maintained the kindness and strength he was known for. He was an example to his family and to his friends of what it means to be a father, a husband, and a friend. Throughout his ordeal, Ray never let his spirit succumb to the cruelty of the condition.
Ray will be remembered by some as a Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade pro skateboarder of the late 80’s with the smooth style and deep bag of tricks. By others in the skateboard industry, as the Gullwing team manager or web master at Eastern Skateboard Supply. To those who knew Ray, he is remembered as the guy we wish everyone else would emulate. Ray’s kindness, candor and his sense of humor should be an example to follow. If everyone in the world were just a little more like Ray, what an amazing peaceful place this would be.
Ray was born October 18, 1962, in Nashville, TN. He relocated to California in the mid 80’s to become a pro skateboarder. He married Kerry on September 5, 1992 and became a father when Keaton was born in 1995. They moved to Wilmington, NC in 1998 and worked for Eastern Skateboard Supply. His daughter, Olivia, was born in 2000. He was a volunteer at Ogden Elementary School. He was known worldwide and loved by all. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend.
After surgery, and several radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Ray passed away on Friday morning, August 1st, 2008 at a hospital near his home…