Raymond P. Fornaciari Raymond P. Fornaciari a longtime member of the San Francisco, California Bay Area business community died on Saturday January 26, 2013 at age 91.
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Born in San Francisco to Italian immigrants, he lived first in North Beach and later grew up in the Marina district. Ray loved playing sports and being outdoors as a child, a passion which continued through his life. Raymond graduated from Galileo High School where he was a standout five-sport athlete and earned a scholarship to play football for University of San Francisco (USF). After graduation from high school he volunteered as head coach for the Galileo crew team and was inducted into the Galileo High School Hall of Fame. He joined the Navy during World War II but was given a medical discharge during boot camp. Ray entered the family linen business and later became an owner of Peerless Linen and board member of the New San Francisco Laundry. During his years as an owner of Peerless Linen, Peerless became one the largest laundry operations in California. His engineering and machinist expertise resulted in a patent for a process that led to more efficient laundry operations throughout the country. At age 60 Raymond ventured into the computer business as one of four partners who built and operated the highly successful High Density Disc Manufacturing Company. A man of boundless zest, with a gentleman's style and a twinkle in his eyes he was esteemed by his employees for his efforts in making their jobs easier. One of his favorite sayings while teaching his boys a craft was "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right". Ray also was an avid fisherman who taught his children how to fish for trout in rivers and streams throughout California. This love for fishing led him to ocean fishing and during the salmon season he could be found on a boat venturing out past the Golden Gate Bridge to catch a big beautiful salmon to bring home.
Raymond was an active member of and volunteer for the San Francisco Elks Lodge and San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, JoAnne; three sons, Michael, Chris and Scott: four grandchildren and one great grandchild. His wife, Laraine preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to:
Coming Home Hospice, 115 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2013