She Called Him Raymond – A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing
She Called Him Raymond - A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing, is the poignant and powerful story of Helen Gregg, one of eight children of Irish immigrant parents raised in the miseries of Hell’s Kitchen during the Great Depression, and Clarence Raymond Stephenson, a young aspiring B-17 pilot from the small, struggling city of Ironton, Ohio.
Fate brought them together in New York City’s Central Park in 1942. From the moment their eyes met, they knew their lives would never be the same. This captivating story tells of their struggles and romance, his heroic exploits as a B-17 pilot, and the tragedy that tears them apart.
It is a lesson about faith, a love that could never die, and about a promise that had to be kept, no matter how long or how hard it might be to fulfill. James Bradley, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author of Flags of Our Fathers, said it is a story that, “… touches the heart and stirs the soul.”
About Ray O'Conor (Albany, New York Author)
Ray O’Conor is the author of, She Called Him Raymond, A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing. He abandoned his career as a bank CEO to write this powerful and poignant story of two ordinary people who led extraordinary lives during the most tumultuous period in history. A screenplay adaptation is under development.
Ray has written weekly columns and opinion pieces for newspapers and published articles in regional magazines. He has been the subject of newspaper, television, and magazine stories on topics ranging from endurance sports and mountaineering, to business and politics. Prior careers found Ray as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and Special Agent with the Department of Defense. He now devotes his time to writing, public speaking and serving as the CEO of a not for profit community development company.
Ray has served on the boards of several not for profit organizations and contributes to many charitable causes. His extensive community service earned him the Distinguished Leadership Award by the National Association for Community Leadership, the American Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, the Centennial Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Community Action Award. He was also named a “Wheaties Everyday Champion,” by General Mills, for his volunteer and athletic accomplishments.
Ray’s avocations are hiking and mountain climbing.