OLD SAYBROOK - Raymond E. Dobratz, Jr., 58, of Old Saybrook, passed away on Sunday, Feb 7, 2010. Beloved husband of Paula (Vance) Dobratz.
Ray was born in Meriden on Aug 9, 1951 to Maureen M. Dobratz of Meriden, and the late Raymond E. Dobratz, Sr. Ray was a member of the United Association Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 for the past 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was on the Old Saybrook Police Commission for 13 years; an Old Saybrook Park & Rec. Commissioner also for 13 years. Ray was on the Board of Trustees for the Westbrook Elks, and a former member of the Democratic town committee, and coached youth sports. He was one of the co-founders of the Old Saybrook Youth Football Athletic League (OSYFAL) in the 1980s. Ray was an avid fisherman and loved the water. He was a well known figure in Old Saybrook; a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and will be sadly missed.
Besides his wife, Paula, of 38 years, and his mother, Maureen, he is survived by three sons, Erik R. Dobratz and his wife, Denise of Hamden, David J. Dobratz, of Old Saybrook, and Matthew P. Dobratz and his wife, Sarah, of Old Lyme; a sister, Marie Heck, of Meriden; five grandchildren, Lily, Cole, Lauren, Kendall, and Keegan; many nieces and nephews. Ray is predeceased by a son, Peter V. Dobratz; and his black lab, Jetty.
Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook on Friday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb 13, at 10 a.m. at the First Church of Christ Congregational in Old Saybrook. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Raymond Dobratz Scholarship Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 90 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT, 06475, or spend time with someone you love and take them fishing. Please visit www.swanfuneralhomes.com for an online tribute.
Published in The Record-Journal on Feb. 10, 2010