Kortz pays tribute to late state Rep. Raymond T. Book

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, paid tribute today to late three-term state Representative Raymond T. Book. Book died in May at age 93.

Kortz issued the following statement:

“We’re here to say thank you to a man whose tireless dedication to serving Whitehall Borough, the commonwealth and the nation has been an inspiration to all of us. Elected to the House for three terms, Ray was a model of integrity and approachability. But even before his election to the House, he dedicated his life to serving his country and his community.

“With World War II raging, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought under Gen. George Patton, battling through the tumult of the second wave of invasions of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. A hard-working family man, he served as Whitehall Borough councilman for two terms before being approached to run for representative of the 41st Legislative District. He accomplished much during his three terms, but one of proudest achievements was his primary sponsorship and the passage of Pennsylvania’s Organ Donor legislation.  

“Ray’s contributions to his country and community are surpassed only by his pride in, and love for, his family, who miss him dearly. His legacy of public service is remembered through his many achievements, but will also live on through his daughter Linda, who is serving her fifth term on the Whitehall Borough Council.”

Family members attending the vote included Book’s wife of 62 years, Mary Ann; daughters Linda and Charlotte; sons Raymond and Kevin; and Kevin’s wife, Myra. Book is survived by 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.