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Raymond T. Maher, 82, of Erie, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. He was born in Erie, Pa. on April 26, 1931, the son of the late Gerald T. and Mary (Lytle) Maher.
Ray served in the U.S. Air Force as a cook at the F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming during the Korean War
. He was employed at Hammermill Paper Company for many years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Peter Cathedral and the Siebenbuerger Club, and was an avid Erie hockey fan, from the Erie Lions to the Erie Otters, as a season ticket holder for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan L. Simmons Maher, on October 24, 2010; three brothers, John, Robert and William Maher; two sisters, Jean Stritzinger and Eileen Daisley.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Schupp (Michael), of Erie and Tami Marshall (Mark), of Erie; a son, Gerald Maher of Erie; grandchildren, Jenny Wollschleger, Tina Maher, Paul and David Schupp, Christina Paskey and Joshua Marshall; and eight great-grandchildren.
Ray spent the last two years at the Soldiers' & Sailors' Home and we want to thank all the staff there for really making it a home and taking such wonderful care of our Dad. A special thanks goes out to his nurses, John and Yvonne for everything you did. May God bless you for the good works you do.
Ray was a real character and known around the home as "The Mayor". He was a typical hot headed, beer drinking and fun loving Irishman. Everyone he knew loved him. He was such a joy to be with!
Dad for sure will be missed by his family but especially missed by his two newest best friends at the home – Carl and Jack. We will all meet again but not too soon – we all have a lot of living still to do! You guys can start by finishing off his beer; enjoy!
Services were private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were handled by the Brugger Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street. Memorials may be made to the PA Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, 530 Third St., Erie, PA 16507 and ANNA Shelter, 1555 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory
1595 West 38TH St. Erie, PA 16508
Published in the Erie Times-News on Dec. 22, 2013