A bench will be dedicated in honor of Lorton champion Ray Rainwater on Sunday at Pohick Bay Regional Park. Rainwater, the owner of the Rainwater Concrete Debris Landfill in Lorton, died of heart failure on Jan. 5 at age 85. He was also founder of the South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and lived a remarkable life.
"It is a lovely place to go and remember him," said Linda Rainwater, Ray's wife. "On the plaque are the words, Ray Rainwater, Lorton's Lasting Legend. The bench and its setting will be used as a model for future commemorative benches."
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland said that Rainwater was a "rugged individualist. We were friends, we didn't agree on everything, but I knew where Ray stood and he was the kind of man who worked hard and went after what he wanted."