AGE: 96 • Wall
Raymond Bellucci, 96, originally from Elmhurst, Queens, NY, more recently of Sea Girt and then Four Seasons at Wall, NJ, passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
Beloved husband of 40 years to Clare Bellucci; brother to the late Frank Bellucci, and loving uncle to Robert Bellucci of Palos Verdes, California and Luren Bellucci of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Raymond was a quiet, gentle, and unassuming man, who was loved by all, especially his wife.
He was a graduate of City College of the City of New York, majoring in Mathematics. Along with mathematics, he was a lover of classical music and was an accomplished violinist and played in the college orchestra. Immediately after college, he served in the Army
Infantry during World War II
and took part in the invasion of Normandy, France. He served 14 months in Northern France and the Rhineland. After a few months in the infantry, his skills were needed in the finance area. He was discharged in November 1945.
He was then employed at the laboratories in the Camp Evans area of Fort Monmouth in the Meteorological Science Division. There were many letters of appreciation from the Evans Laboratory. In an address before the United Nations in 1948, Dr. V Shaefer listed Raymond Bellucci as a major contributor to the success of Project CIRRUS. He presented papers at NATO and published many papers in the field. In 1980, he received the coveted Research and Development Achievement Award for Technical Achievement in the Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition Laboratory, from the U.S. Army. He retired in 1981, having attained the title of an Astrophysicist at Fort Monmouth Atmospheric Laboratories, and later did consulting work for the Army. Raymond was a lover of all sports. He loved the Yankees, and played in the semi-pro baseball league in New York, as a pitcher, with Phil Rizzuto, who was just starting out at the time. In 1946, then newly employed at Camp Evans, he started a bowling league and served as president for many years. The league grew and expanded for a half century - and Raymond was the only bowler having bowled every single year. He was presented with an award by the American Bowling Congress for "administrative excellence" which stimulated the growth and longevity of the league. He also started a golf league at Camp Evans Labs, where he won many annual tournaments and can claim three holes-in-one. Recently, at Four Seasons, he has been very active in bowling and bocce, where he was often on the winning team. Raymond was an active member of the American Legion for 62 years. He continued his membership at Four Seasons at Wall American Legion Post #529. As the longest enrolled member of the legion, he was awarded an honorary life membership.
Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at St. Mark's Church, Sea Girt. Interment will be at St. Ann's Cemetery, Wall Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Wounded Veterans, or City College of New York, which has changed many lives with affordable education. To send condolences to the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com