Ray Sheeran was and remains an integral part of SFGG Rugby. It was Ray's vision to build a club house and field that would produce a 'factory' of rugby players from the youth level with a family foundation. It took three years of training and playing rugby on the practice fields at Treasure Island before finally reaching a breakthrough. With the help of local contractor Eamon Murphy, Ray approached former San Francisco City Councilman and executive director of the Treasure Island Development Authority, Tony Hall, for a meeting to discuss his plans. After a few meetings, Ray, Eamon, and SFGG president Tony Wells secured a deal with the Hall for the creation of the field and clubhouse on Treasure Island. SFGG was provided the location for their field and clubhouse by the City of San Francisco. It was decided that Ray, along with former San Francisco Irish teammate and stalwart SFGG supporter Jerry Tynan, would partner to develop the field from the ground up; while Tony Wells would take charge of the SFGG clubhouse renovations. After a busy summer in 2005, and with tremendous SFGG support, Ray and the crew completed this project. It was truly a field of dreams for Ray and SFGG.
As is often the case with those who give so much of themselves, Ray suffered a serious set back. He was diagnosed with Melanoma by his doctors, and his condition was terminal. This news was a huge blow to the SFGG Community.
SFGG and the extended family that Ray Sheeran helped to build, want to thank him publicly for all the love and care he gave to SFGG Rugby over the years. It is their word and promise that the Ray Sheeran Field will always be taken care of. Although Ray's departure from this world left a huge hole in the hearts of SFGG and its families, his presence will be felt on the pitch forever.
Catherine, Maeve, Ryan, Eoin, and the Sheeran family, the SFGG family, and all your friends hold each of you in their arms. Know that Ray remains strong in all our hearts forever.
If you wish to support the Ray Sheeran Sticker Fund then please see Johnny Mac to make a donation; for details click here.
There is now a Ray Sheeran fund that provides scholarships to children and teens who might not otherwise be able to take part in the Club program. Contact the Club at info@sfggrugby for more details.