A windy night, then woke up in the midst of our first major Northeast storm of 2022.
Ron Gilson Submits this tribute to Ray Chandanaias:
Ray was a valued member of our waterfront community, a devoted family man and my long-time friend… a straight shooter to all who knew him.
Ray… until we meet again, smooth sailing… Ron Gilson⚓ ⚓ ⚓GLOUCESTER’S “CATERPILLAR” MASTER MECHANIC
1933 ~ RAY CHANDANAIS ~ 2022My friend and a great guyLooking back over 50 years ago, when I first met Ray, we both were so young. Ray had teamed up with “Ozzie” Howard and after a few years, they moved their successful marine repair business to Pond Road. At that time, I had just opened my Gloucester Marine Insurance Agency.Ray and Ozzie both serviced our fishing fleet, and in a way, complimented each other’s work. Ray approached his Caterpillar customers with the tools and expertise of a brain surgeon. His partner, Ozzie, serviced his customers with his “jack of all trades” experience and a sledge hammer! IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF ONE ERA AND THE END OF ANOTHER!
As our business relationship grew, our friendship intensified. In my life, the friendships I’ve made along the way, are all important. Ray Chandanais is my good friend, along with his family: wife, Helen; son, Jay; sister, Theresa Wilkins; mother, Mary, and their own family relatives come to mind.
When our coffee house opened in 1981, the first daily breakfast customer was Ray! No one supported our business more than Ray, and on weekends, his entire family. Our friendship went far beyond business. Ray, Helen, and their family were our family. Joan and I were invited to their wedding at the Surf in Magnolia. Family birthday parties, Veteran’s Day and Marine Corps (10 November) annual restaurant birthday celebrations, when Ray loaned his sons’, Randy and Michael, Marine Corp portraits for display above our restaurant dessert case. Ray was so proud… GREAT MEMORIES!
We all love a good storm. The waves and splash over was amazing this morning. Nautilus Road had the tide coming right onto the street. The other photo is from Shore Road about an hour before high tide. Be careful
Went for a ride during high tide on Monday, the waves were wild.
11:30AM. Tide surge – area coastal flooding in typical spots.
Cars lightly backed up heading on to Nautilus for Atlantic/back shore drive
p.s. If you’re heading to CVS and Stop & Sho,p use the Charlie’s entrance.
7:30 AM | 8:50 AM | 9:30 AM | 10:30 AM
—sorry can’t get video to load– internet keeps dropping-–
6 secs 7:30AM vs 850AM
Tide light touched Long Beach seawall 8:15
It was freezing, but beautiful at Niles the other day. The one seagull mid-flight was super brave.
Martin Luther King Jr Day is a good opportunity for some reflection. Watching the sea wash in and out again on its steady pace allows your mind free for contemplation. If you can’t watch in person, perhaps these will suffice for today.
- Temp: 40°F right now
- Sunrise: by 7:10
- Next high tide: about 10:45 AM- the surf is high already
- Steady whipping winds, through 12-1pm
- Massachusetts power outages 6:11 (pics below): 4524
- Massachusetts power outages 6:45AM: 9814
- Cape Ann power outages: Essex
Before daybreak January 17, 2022 Massachusetts, the MEMA Massachusetts power outage map shows under 5000 out as this wind whipping–and warm here–storm continues, and the morning reports come in. Brownouts by me. Tally about doubled in 30 minutes.
MEMA phone here: mema.mapsonline.net/phone.html
MEMA desktop here