Raymond William Booth, 76, died peacefully October 30 at home in Port Royal Plantation, in Hilton Head Island, SC.
Ray was born on November 14, 1935, the son of Raymond William and Virginia Kelly Booth. He grew up in Linthicum, graduating in 1953 from Glen Burnie High School. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1958, he worked as a manufacturing engineer for General Refractories, Locke Insulators and Westinghouse, which later became Northrup Grumman. One of the highlights of his career was working on the SQQ-89 anti-submarine warfare project for Westinghouse in Sykesville. Ray was an avid tennis player at the Severn River and Andover Racquet Clubs. He and his wife Marilyn spent 20 years in Severna Park, where Ray enjoyed playing tennis and golf and spending time with friends. Ray was also a member of the Severn River Lions Club in Severna Park.
Upon his retirement in 1998, he and his wife moved to Hilton Head where Ray worked to perfect his golf game with the Low Country Men's and Men's Interclub Golf Leagues. As a fitting climax to his golf career, Ray had his first hole in one on the 15th hole at the Robber's Row golf course this past May. In addition to golf, he enjoyed playing bridge and poker with several groups regularly. Ray was a Member of the Port Royal Golf Club where he served as a board member for three years. He loved to sing and found a song for everything. He was known for his smile, kindness and being a loyal Terps fan. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church on the Island.
Mr. Booth is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Marilyn; his mother, Virginia Kelly Booth of Linthicum; his sister, Virginia Kaye Morton of Catonsville; a son, Kelly Booth of Severna Park; a daughter Cindy Hare of Crofton; a stepdaughter, Susan Gilson of Annapolis; a step-son, Robert Gilson of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Amy Corbin of Frederick; five grandchildren; two nieces and his former wife, Sandra Cardinelli of Linthicum.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, at First Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to the First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head, SC 29928 or the Hospice of the Lowcountry, PO Box 3827 Bluffton, SC 29910.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com