I too, have little but praise for Raymond. I suggest that he saved my wife and I from the cult of Jehovah's witnesses by his books. His honest writing and his awareness in the style he used of witness fears of reading 'apostate literature' allowed my foray into his works, and my subsequent exit of the 'truth' that is not.
I think that criticism of his failures during witness tenure are unfair - like most of us he was succumbing to the suble as well as powerful concepts that made us believe we had the 'truth'. His doubts, like most of us, did not present a full picture until he could stand far off enough to see the mosaic. For me, as perhaps for many, it was only after leaving [in my case voluntarily, in his case by force] that we can look at the picture clearly and begin to enuciate the wrongs we 'sensed' were present within our subconscience mind. Up till I understood what all the doubts meant - I would have died defending the organization though I knew things were not 'perfect' within it. How could we expect someone who was marinating within the halls of the Governing Body itself to put it together fully until his mind could clear a bit?
I have had some communication with Ray, and we came close to meeting once, but were unable due to a momentary circumstance in my travel plans. I hope to meet him someday - but if not, I hold dear his special gift to me and my wife through his books.