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Ray Boone's Widow: "He Was Passionate About People Having Their Voice Heard"

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - After veteran journalist and founder of weekly newspaper the Richmond Free Press, Raymond Boone passed away Tuesday morning battling pancreatic cancer, 8News sat down with his wife Jean Patterson Boone, to learn more about his life.

Jean Boone had been married to Ray Boone for almost 48 years. She was with him along the way as he started the Richmond Free Press.

"He always said that he wanted to own his own newspaper," she says. "And as a matter of fact, when we began this journey of creating the Richmond free press , one if his classmates from BU, called him and said , I heard you are starting a paper, you said you were going to do it, are you looking for investors? I'm ready to invest."

With 35 investors and his wife by his side, Boone started the Richmond Free Press in January 1992.

"We went, 'oh my God, we've done it,' and then the next breath he said to me 'Okay, so what does next week look like?' And I was like, 'Okay, this ball is going to roll and roll and roll, and it has for these many years.'"

Boone wasn't afraid to confront controversy if he believed in the cause.

Last year, he condemned the Washington Redskins name, saying it was insulting to Native Americans. And in 2011, when occupy protestors camped out in Mayor Dwight Jones' neighborhood, Boone allowed the protestors to set-up in his drive way - right next door to the mayor.

"He was passionate about people having their voice heard, about government being responsive to people, to the people, not just to a few."
     
The staff is at the Richmond Free Press newsroom working right now. Mrs. Boone says this isn't a story they planned for, but Thursday's issue will hit new stands as expected.

"We'll continue to grow and to continue in the spirit of Ray Boone and his mission."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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