An ode to Connie Raftis

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How time goes by so quickly, and I just found out today you passed away, Connie. I can still remember like yesterday flying you in my airplane over Cedar Key while we spread your father’s ashes over the water, and that very bouncy landing on Cedar Key’s very short runway. And I remember with fondness the kiss we shared just before Mike passed away. Old Salty brought us together alright – not only when he died but when he made you the editor of the Cedar Key Beacon as well.
My column “Reflections” ran for several years when you showed up at the helm, and I saw you off when you left. We were bound by journalism but remained good friends for all those years. Just know, Connie, you will be truly missed but always alive for those very good times.
Thomas W. Ivines