Raymond A. Steelman
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AGE: 81 • Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Raymond Steelman, 81, of Hilton Head Island, SC, formerly of Wall, NJ passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2013, after a long illness. Born in Orange, NJ he was the son of the late Raymond A. Steelman and Mary Beck Steelman. He graduated from Denison University in 1953 and while there was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta National Honor Society. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. at the end of the Korean War. After his service, he was employed by the AT&T as a National Account Manager of Sales for Foreign Flag Airlines and Steamship Corporation. Ray left AT&T to fulfill his desire to work with children with learning disabilities. He received his Master's Degree in Special Education from Kean University, Union, NJ and was the Director of Special Services in the Wall Township public school system. After retiring, Ray and his wife moved to Hilton Head Island in 1991 where he was active in the Hilton Head Plantation Fishing Club and the Farmers Club. He was a member of St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. Ray and Dorothy traveled extensively in Europe, Scandinavia and Greece. Few had a greater love of the sea, and Ray and Dorothy shared numerous cruises.
Ray was the consummate outdoorsman, as accomplished in the garden as he was on the sea. Ray was a gardener who could grow anything, a fisherman who proved successful despite the conditions. A highly respected master of both fresh and saltwater fishing, he took every opportunity to share his love of the sport. Rays legacy is assured, as his passion and knowledge will be shared for generations.
Ray is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy; daughter, Susan Speir and her husband Brant of Florence, SC; son, Christopher and Julie of San Francisco, CA; and granddaughters, Alyssa and Kristen Speir of Charleston, SC. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy K. Steelman and brother, Robert B. Steelman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory, is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 23, 2013