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Raymond H. Laurinaitis

December 6, 1927 ~ June 27, 2020 (age 92)

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Laurinaitis, Raymond H. , age 92, passed peacefully on June 27, 2020. Survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Joan (Aicher); sons Gary (Margaret), David (Michele), and Raymond G. (Deborah); seven grandchildren Brian, Patrick, Kevin, Ashley, Michael (deceased), Matthew, and Brendan; great grandchild, Connor.

He was born in Port Richmond to Henry and Mary Laurinaitis, the youngest of four and only boy born to immigrants from Lithuania.  Henry was the owner of a successful bakery on Salmon Street but unfortunately passed when Ray was a young man.  This instilled a life-long value in Ray to always support his mother and family.

Ray was a distinguished Navy veteran.  Serving in the Pacific.  After his service in the Navy, he played football for several years with the Venango Bears semi-pro football team.

Ray met the love of his life, Joan, in 1951, and they were married in September 1955.  They purchased their first house in Tacony in 1957 raising three sons there before moving to the Northeast in 1997.

His work career included Reading Railroad and ten plus years with ITT Nesbitt in NE Philadelphia. Instead of relocating when Nesbitt moved its operations, he went on to work for over twenty-five years with the City of Philadelphia, many of those with the Water Department.

His true passion was coaching sports and he spent many years coaching his sons and neighborhood boys in baseball, football and basketball at Moss A.A. 

All his interests and work habits supported his greatest asset, the love, support, and dedication to his family.  He was actively involved in every aspect of his son’s lives that continued as a caring and loving grandfather to seven. However, this was unmatched by his commitment and love of his wife.   Everything in Ray’s life revolved around Joan.  Their love for each other was something to be admired.  As he wanted, she was with him and by his side from 1955 until his final breath. 

He was a great man who lived a good life to the age of 92.

Private funeral services will be held.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory may be made to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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