VIDEO: Local artist, former Sunday Breakfast Mission resident remembered

50 people gather to celebrate the life of a local community artist who was a former resident of the Sunday Breakfast Mission.

WDEL's Amy Cherry was there.

Ray Daub was a colorful, fun visionary. His former wife Mary Wimberley says he could talk anyone into anything.

"He was quite the loveable, ridiculous, naughty, mischievous prankster who was pretty much irresistible to everybody," says Wimberley.

Daub co-created the National Christmas Center in Lancaster, the Dicken's Christmas Carol windows in Macy's Philadelphia, and a statue of baseball great Mickey Vernon in Chester. He was a dreamer who started many dreams, but didn't get the chance to finish them.

He created a model of a statue of Jesus at the Door of Heaven that lives at the Sunday Breakfast Mission. His dream was to make it life-size

"Ray was very passionate on his sculpting, and I just know that today Ray's standing at that door."

"Really, he was one of a kind. I loved him like nobody's business" said Wimberley.

Daub fought fervently against depression.

"I feel better for him now. I feel like he's where he needs to be. He's being taken care of. He's peaceful, and I think it's where he really wanted to be," says Wimberley.

Daub's life was changed by the Sunday Breakfast Mission. He loved that place, and it was clear they loved him too.

"There will be no one that will be able to replace Ray. I love this man like he was my own brother," said one man.

And Wimberley looked around the room in awe at all who came out to say goodbye.

"We have a radio, we have the radio, and we have the newspaper here, nobody but Ray could've pulled that off," she laughed, "That's classic."

Daub died of pneumonia on Nov. 23, 2012 at age 61.

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