Goodbye to Fran and Ray
By Sonia Tatulian
I met Fran and Ray Loiselle while working as manager at the Bank of America branch in Sunland in 2004. Fran had been an executive with Disney, and Ray had retired from the studios. Both were working in 2004 for Century 21 Crest. We hit it off from the get go. The couple would come into the bank with their cute white dog, Daphne.
Fran and Ray were the leaders of the coordinating council for the Little Landers Historical Society. They planned and sponsored local tours of historic homes, and they raised monies for Verdugo Hills High School student scholarships.
Fran and Ray joined the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce after raising funds for the honorary mayor’s race for the chamber and for Easter Seals. They were honorary mayors themselves for 2 years.
In 2009, I joined with them to work on uniting community organizations and creating the Sunland-Tujunga Shadow Hills Community Fund and the Voice of the Village newspaper. Fran and Ray were the original liaisons for the VHHS journalism and leadership classes.
In 2010, Fran was hired as the chamber’s executive director after I was elected president of the chamber. Fran and Ray worked hard to organize the chamber and its fundraisers. Together we doubled the membership. On a lighthearted note, I looked forward to going to the chamber office every day to see Daphne the dog and share my breakfast with her.
Fran and Ray always gave 150% to this community. I am saddened that they are leaving Sunland-Tujunga, but I am also happy that they found the perfect retirement place, up north, and I know they will do great things for that community too. Thanks to both of you for all your service to the Sunland-Tujunga community. We will miss you.