The main character in the movie: "The Life of Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski" has left the set 25 days after reaching the magic age of 100 years old. Frisky passed on the morning of Thanksgiving, November 28th, 2013. The epic tale was magnificently acted, performed at the highest level, and will be remembered by many for generations to come.
Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski was born on November 3, 1913 in San Francisco, CA, the 2nd son of Louis & Frances Kaliski. He and his brother Marty, were raised in Oakland, California where Ray excelled in track and football. Many of Ray's track records at Oakland High from the late 1920's stood until the 50's. His football ability earned him a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became a fierce running back, defensive back and an elusive kick returner during the 1932-35 seasons. His running abilities were what got him penned by the S.F. Chronicle as "Frisky Kaliski", a name that has stuck with him for over 70 years. "Frisky" became a proud member of the SCU Football Hall of Fame on August 28, 2001, getting inducted along with Brent Jones of the San Francisco 49ers.
After his college years, Frisky went on to distribute film all along the West Coast. During the war, Ray could not serve in the military due to a childhood accident which almost took his life at the age of ten. Instead, he worked as a ship fitter at the Bethlehem Shipyards at Hunters Point in San Francisco.
After the war Ray worked with his dad and brother to develop a large chain of movie theatres in the Bay Area. The passing of Ray's father in 1955 marked the beginning of a new phase in the life of Ray & his brother. They ceased running movie theatres and concentrated on building apartment complexes, starting with the 34 unit Lakeside Apartments complex on Lake Merritt. They then built the 80 unit complex in Alameda called The Dunes, whose eventual sale made way for the Harbor Point Apartments and the connected tennis and swim club, as well as Strawberry Shores Apartments all on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley.
Frisky, along with his bride BJ and daughter Barbara, built a successful miniature horse ranch in Petaluma, called Winner's Circle, which won dozens of trophies and ribbons including a National Title with one of their prize show horses.
When Ray's brother Marty died in 1989, Ray got his sons, Raymond William and Robert (Bobbo), involved in running the show. Ray spent much time traveling the world with BJ but was devastated with her death in January of 2000. After that loss, he further embraced his family, taking them on numerous cruises and trips allowing him to get to know his 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Tragedy struck Ray and the family in 2009, when his youngest granddaughter, Jaime, passed away at the young age of 33.
In addition to the generosity to his family, Ray donated to hundreds of charities, and also supported his youngest son, Robert's, dream to start The Harbor Point Charitable Foundation, that has since raised over $1,000,000 for local charities and those most in need in The Bay Area.
So now the theatre showing Ray's remarkable life is dark. But his legacy will continue through his loving family and the many friends he left behind. His three children, Barbara, Ray W, and Robert will continue to enhance the legacy of this remarkable man. His four grandchildren: Michael; Melanie; Kris and Patrick will enhance it even more. Ray is also survived by 11 great grandchildren, Nicholas Mitchell, Colton Dansie, Taylor Dansie, Brett Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell. Joshua Dansie, Ty Mitchell, Alli Dansie, Zachary Schwerin-Daro, Jack Sheldon and Ziyad Kaliski.
His generosity and the physical things he built have helped make people's lives better, healthier and more fun. The Harbor Point Apartments, The Club at Harbor Point and the restaurant Nourish Grill continue his legacy.
Rest in peace "Frisky", you played your role on this earth with dignity and grace. All of your family and friends are proud to have known you, loved you and lived with you. Your employees have been honored to work for and with you. We will all continue to make you proud until we join you on the other side.
Private funeral services were held at Parent-Sorensen Mortuary in Petaluma on December 4th, 2013, for family.
Those of you wishing to make donations in Ray "Frisky" Kaliski's name can do so through the Marin Humane Society, Hospice of Marin, or his favorite charity: the Harbor Point Charitable Foundation at 475 E. Strawberry Dr, Mill Valley, CA 94941.