Raymond P. Thrash of Burlington, N.J., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Samaritan Hospice Inpatient at Virtua Hospital, Mount Holly, N.J.
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Born and raised in Luzerne County, he was a longtime Burlington, N.J., resident.
Ray served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and USNR during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served aboard the destroyer Borie.
He then went to work as a marine machinist for Westinghouse the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia and then at the Ball Corp. before his retirement.
He was a former Little League coach in Burlington City, who also enjoyed playing cards, "500 Rummy," fishing and hunting. He also belonged to Tin Cup Sailors veterans group and was a parishioner of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth (nee Cohen); daughter, Patt (Michael) Ferrari; son, Shaun (Maryann); siblings, Harold (Selma), Gene (Rosemarie), Marie Kotansky, Marian Ayre and Judy Krouse; and his beloved dog, Scotty.
The family invites friends to his viewings and funeral.
Viewings will be held at Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington, N.J., from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and also from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday with burial to follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Burlington, N.J.
Donations may be made in his memory to either St. Paul's Renovation Fund, c/o St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 223 E. Union St., Burlington, NJ 08016, or to the Burlington County Animal Shelter, 35 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ 08060.
Messages of sympathy may be emailed to his family at www.pagefuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Oct. 25, 2012