Raymond A. Glova Sr. passed away Friday morning, Feb. 7, 2014, unexpectedly at his home in Plymouth.
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Born July 7, 1932 in Hanover Township to the late Joseph and Mary Servinski Glova, Ray attended schools in Wilkes-Barre and later in Larksville after his parents moved. Upon finishing Larksville High School, he was employed by George Chervy Fuel and Heating.
On Sept. 28, 1957, Ray married his wife of 56 years, Barbara A. Olsehfski Glova, and they made Plymouth Borough their home. Ray joined the Elm Hill Fire Company No. 3, where he served as a volunteer firefighter for the next 15 years. In 1972, he became the full-time engineer for No. 3. He held his position for the next 29 years until he was forced into retirement at age 70 after being struck by a vehicle walking to work in 2003.
Firefighting and protecting his community were Ray's greatest passions and he was committed to public service, offering help to anyone in need. During his dedicated career, he became well respected by fire companies throughout Luzerne County. He also received numerous firefighting certificates, committing countless hours to firefighting instruction. Ray also received certificates of appreciation from Cub Scout groups for his devotion and assistance for encouraging young boys to fulfill their dreams. Ray was also instrumental in and extremely proud of forming a Junior Fire Fighting group at Elm Hill No. 3.
Ray served as trustee at Elm Hill for more than 25 years and was a member of Plymouth Borough Fiermen's Relief Association, the Six County Firemen's Association and the Internation Asociation of Firefighters Union Local 840.
Ray was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara, and children, Raymond Glova Jr., Plymouth; Lisa Glova Fierman, Shickshinny. The true loves of his life were his grandchildren, police Officer Raymond Glova III, Plymouth; Stephen Glova, Plymouth; and Alexandra Rose Fierman, Shickshinny. Also surviving are a sister, Teresa Spanich, Florida; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by sisters, Florence Niedbalec and Irene Martinell; brothers, Stephen Glova and Emerson Glova.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Kielty-Moran Funeral Home, 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Those attending the service are asked to go directly to the church Wednesday morning. Interment will immediately follow in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Lehman Township. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Kielty-Moran Funeral Home.
Ray was known for his great love of animals and had countless canine companions, rabbits and horses throughout his long life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612, or the
Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc
87 Washington Ave
Plymouth, PA 18651
Published in Citizens' Voice from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014