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Bay St. Louis Mayor on councilman: 'We are all better people for knowing Ray'

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BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Beloved outgoing Bay St. Louis Ward 6 councilman Ray Kidd, 67, passed away Saturday shortly before midnight from complications caused by lung cancer, according to Kidd's daughter Kristy Kidd Nicaud. He was just two days shy of the expiration of his term set for July 1, according to Bay St. Louis city officials.

Kidd was a passionate Saint's fan, who enjoyed fishing and golfing. Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said there are so many good things to say about Kidd.

"He was much more than a business colleague. We are all better people for having known Ray. He was a man who lived life to the fullest. We're a better place to live because of his influence on our lives," Fillingame said.

Fillingame said Kidd served as councilman since Bay St. Louis' annexation in 2006. The mayor said because Kidd battled cancer he wasn't really able to campaign during the 2013 municipal election season. Kidd lost his seat to Lonnie Falgout.

One of Kidd's biggest accomplishments as councilman, according to Fillingame was embracing the city as a representative of his area. Even during a very difficult recovery following Katrina.

"Ray loved life and loved living it to the fullest. He was very passionate, and optimistic. Ray's glass was always half full. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone. Ray was a very upbeat person and a very astute family man," Fillingame said. "Ray represented the very fabric of life in Bay St. Louis and what makes it so desirable. I have known Ray for probably 50 years. We knew each other in childhood. He was one of my first coaches in little league."

Fillingame said, Kidd led the charge when there was a need for community support for the casino industry to come in Bay St. Louis.

Outgoing Bay St. Louis councilman-at-large Bill Taylor said, "Ray was a great fellow. I don't know of anybody that knew Ray that didn't like him. I've known him for many, many years. He was a good councilman for the people in his ward. He really took the job to heart and really tried to be a good representative for all of them. He was a good man and will be missed by all of them."

Longtime friend and fellow Bay St. Louis Ward 4 councilman Bobby Compretta said, "he was a long time friend of mine. We were classmates. We graduated from Bay High together in 1963. Last month was our 50th reunion. He was just a wonderful friend and a great councilman and he's going to be missed by everyone."  

Kidd leaves behind his wife of 46 years Jackie Kingston Kidd, his daughter Kristy Kidd Nicaud, sons Raymond Trey Kidd the III and Kyle Kidd and five grandchildren.

Kidd's daughter Kristy Kidd Nicaud said, "He was such a huge Saints fan that whenever he greeted someone at his home or when answering the phone he always gave them a ‘Who Dat!'"

He ran Lil' Rays in Waveland for 35 years before retiring.

The public is invited to Kidd's visitation from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at St. Clare Catholic Church located at 236 S Beach Blvd. in Waveland.

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