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Ray Garrity, center, on accordion, plays at a Mardi Gras celebration in 2003 with his band, Ray-Jen Cajun. From left to right are Mike Patch, Jeff Szarzi, Garrity, his partner, Jen King, and Scott Meyer.

Memorial is 5 p.m. Monday at Down East for Garrity

Homer musician died Wednesday in 4-wheeler accident

Posted: June 27, 2013 - 1:34pm  |  Updated: June 29, 2013 - 10:52am

A memorial potluck for Ray Garrity, a Homer musician killed Wednesday in a 4-wheeler accident, is at 5 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Down East Saloon on East End Road. The evening will include music and sharing of memories.

Garrity, 53, was found dead about 10:30 p.m. June 26 on a trail near Mile 18 East End Road. According to the Alaska State Troopers, Garrity was found on the trail by someone who had gone looking for him after he had not arrived at his destination at the expected time. Troopers said Garrity had been riding a 4-wheeler on the trail when it flipped.

Kachemak Emergency Services emergency medical technicians responded and could not revive him. Garrity was declared dead on the scene. Next of kin have been notified. He was transported to the state medical examiner’s officer in Anchorage for an autopsy.

With his partner, Jen King, Garrity played in a popular Cajun band, Ray-Jen Cajun. He performed frequently for annual Mardis Gras events, KBBI’s Concert on the Lawn and fundraisers.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com

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