[Photo yesterday by Peter Brownscombe]
Back on June 16, Ray Alvarez, the 82-year-old proprietor of Ray's Candy Store at 113 Avenue A, had heart valve replacement surgery.
Doctors discharged him on Wednesday evening from VillageCare Rehabilitation on West Houston Street with his new pacemaker.
[Photo Wednesday via Facebook]
Here's an update via the Ray's Candy Store Facebook page ... from Wednesday night:
Ray was released from his rehab facility today! His first stop, NATURALLY, was Ray's Candy Store, to get some oatmeal...and to try and help fix the air conditioner. A month after heart valve replacement surgery. Because, Ray.
The doctors and nurses FELL IN LOVE WITH RAY and were sad to see him go, but he's got a business to run and a neighborhood that needs him back where he belongs.
It may be a while before Ray is working the night shift again, but having him home means the world to us.
Yesterday, Ray was at work during the afternoon… taking it easy, but the same ol' Ray…
Previously on EV Grieve:
Get well soon, Ray!