Ray Camden’s wife Jeanne who died suddenly on May 23rd, 2018. Ray has been known in the ColdFusion world as cfjedimaster for many years.
I felt sad reading this devastating news. Losing a life partner is hard. It sucks, actually. I lost my life partner, Liz, in 1993 from cancer. I was depressed for at least 9 months afterwards. Just going through the motions of going to work, eating, watching TV and sleeping. It took me years to process it fully.
Adobe ColdFusion community cfjedimaster
Ray has been very active in the CF community over the last 20 years that I have known him:
- Blogging at https://www.raymondcamden.com/
- Speaking at dozens of ColdFusion conferences
- Appearing on CF podcasts including the CF Alive podcast
- Contributing to many ColdFusion open source projects
- And helping out other CFers in forums and in person.
While Ray is using other technologies in his main job these days, he continued to speak at CF conferences and do CF side work.
The last time we’ve met was at Into The Box 2017 in Houston TX
He was a top rated speaker at CFUnited for all 11 years it ran.
Help Ray Fundraiser
With Jeanne gone he no longer will be traveling for work to conferences. He will be staying at home in Lafayette, LA with his 7 children
I am amazed at how much energy he has for programming (and his hobby obsession Star Wars :-). It was so nice to see that the community felt that it was time to give some of that energy back to him. Long time CFer and speaker Todd Sharp set up a fundraiser to help Ray and his family. Already over $45k has been raised by 425 people.
I am sending light and love to Ray and his family. I hope to see him again in CF podcasts and maybe one day back at conferences.
You have so many friends Ray, and we all feel for you and your family.
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- 073 Progressive Web Apps (A Gentle Intro for CFers who are scared of PWAs) with Ray Camden
- SCRIPT VAN WINKLE, Episode 4: Getting Real, Open Source, and Raymond Camden
- TPDP Episode #3: Developer Tools that can Make You More Productive Towards Your Next Release
- 025 Why Programming in Node is so Powerful (how CFers can learn), with Ray Camden
- 003 Kick Your Server to the Curb and Go Serverless with Raymond Camden