Longtime industry luminary R. Bruce Ray died Oct. 21 at his Alta Loma home of cancer at the age of 60.
He had served as treasurer of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. from 1991-95 and president of SPI's Thermoforming Institute from 1993-96. The SPI Western Region presented its Man of the Year award to him in 1995.
Industry associates said Ray lived with a passion for life and respect and thoughtfulness for others.
He had a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University and earned a lifetime achievement award from the school's business college in 2000.
Ray served on the college's leadership council and the Family Counseling Center board in San Gabriel, Calif. He was a member of the Plastic Pioneers Association and the Society of Plastics Engineers.
He joined Ray Products Co. Inc. in 1965 as controller, purchased it from his parents in 1975 and succeeded his father as president. Allen and Margaret Ray started the business in 1949 in less than 1,000 square feet as a custom fabrication shop and added thermoforming in 1952.
Now, the Ontario, Calif., business employs 46 in 48,000 square feet, operates eight forming machines and five computer numerically controlled routers and has annual sales of about $5.5 million.
Survivors include Ray's wife, Marilyn, daughters Kimberly Espe and Jennifer Hicks and sons Brian and Robert. Brian is the company president, and Kimberly is controller. Jennifer, purchasing manager through Oct. 29, left Ray Products to operate a recently purchased business fabricating contamination-control enclosures.