Friends and family mourn loss of Ray Spain


THE WORLD lost a positive force of nature when Ray Spain, 58, passed Monday, March 11, 2019 from natural causes at his home in Alpena. Known for his kindness and likeability, Spain brought sunshine into any room he graced.

Known as Ray “McDade” (shown here at left with morning co-host Brian Rondeau of 99.9 The Wave’s Brian and Ray morning show) Spain also serviced the area as a sales representative for Allegra (formerly Model Printing ) of Alpena. Spain  served a term as executive director for the Rogers City Area Chamber of Commerce, engineering several profitable ventures for the chamber.


He served as co-chairman, along with Advance publisher Richard Lamb, of Melissa Fleis Day in 2012 honoring the Rogers City native who appeared on the national television series Project Runway.

Radio station manager Darrel Kelly said, “Ray was a character on the radio and in person. He always had a story to tell and loved life. He will be missed but I am thankful for all the great memories.”

Fans of Alpena hockey will remember him as a prolific goal-scorer during his high school days. He is survived by his wife Kristen, a daughter and son in law and a grandson.

Arrangements are being handled by Bannon Funeral Home of Alpena.