Newspaper Articles that appeared after the Death of Mr. Tye

“A. Raymond Tye did not come from money. He grew up in a triple-decker, served as a military policeman in WWII and went to work in a shoe factory when he returned from the war. But then he took a job with United Liquors in Boston, worked his way up the ladder, bought the company and over the next 57 years built it into one of the largest liquor distributors in the region. And beneath that superior business head was a heart filled with compassion.”
The Eagle-Tribune

“Ray Tye left a widespread legacy, from the small—like helping his friend Walter Brown cover payroll expenses during the lean early years of the Boston Celtics, to the immeasurable—such as paying for life-saving medical treatments for strangers he had read about in the newspapers. Ray cannot be replaced, but we can honor him by helping those in need.”
The Improper Bostonian

“Ray Tye was one of Boston’s biggest philanthropists, but he didn’t much care for the title, and he was even less interested in drawing public attention to his private donations. ‘He did his giving quietly,’ said his wife, Eileen. ‘He never wanted his name chiseled into a hospital façade or put on a plaque.’ She told us he agreed to be the public face of The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation, which she and friends established in his honor, only because it might prompt others to contribute to the goodwill he saw as his life’s work.”
The Boston Globe

“What can I do to help?” That’s what A. Raymond Tye asked so often. Recently, Mr. Tye asked how he could help the family of a 10-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet, and how he could assist scores of others from Kigali to Baghdad whose heartrending stories he had read about. Whether it was reaching into his pocket to pay for a little girl’s funeral or tapping his humanitarian Foundation to underwrite a landmark 35-hour surgery that would separate conjoined Egyptian twins, Mr. Tye stepped in, seeing it as his way to give back. Giving back was the theme of this first-generation American businessman’s life – this magnate in the liquor industry. ‘This is not philanthropy,’ he liked to say. ‘It is a moral responsibility.’ Mr. Tye found time to travel and loved to get away – and whether it was to faraway Nepal or closer to home in the Caribbean, he always left his imprint. In Anguilla, for instance, he bought Christmas dinners for the poor and sent many young students to college in America. He always extracted the promise, however, that afterwards they would return home and help their own people with their new skills.”
– Lowell Sun

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