Raymond A. Pugh Sr.
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OCEAN PINES — Raymond A. Pugh Sr., 81, of Ocean Pines passed away peacefully Monday, April 30, 2012. Mr. Pugh was born in Utica, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1930. His parents were Stanley John Pugh and Mary Dalton Pugh.
After graduating from high school, Mr. Pugh enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served from October 1948-1952. He held a master's degree from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C., and was a licensed certified public accountant in Virginia.
Mr. Pugh worked for the federal government for 30 years. His federal service included the Department of Agriculture, the Executive Office of the President, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Veterans Administration. Mr. Pugh was asked to serve on the task force which setup the Environmental Protection Agency under President Nixon. He was a charter member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and retired in May 1986 as the deputy administrator (comptroller) of the Food and Nutrition Service for the Department of Agriculture. He received several awards for superior service from both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture. After his retirement from federal service, Mr. Pugh worked as an internal auditor and systems accountant for the National Capital Bank of Washington.
In fall 1998, Ray and his wife, Beverly, moved from Springfield, Va., to Ocean Pines, where he enjoyed golfing with his friends as a member of the "Dream Team" and the "Rascals." He enjoyed the many wonderful friends he made during his membership with Ocean Pines Kiwanis and the Community Church at Ocean Pines.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Helen; their two daughters, Linda Susan Dzyak and Diane Virginia Smith; and their son, Raymond A. Pugh Jr. He is also survived by six grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, father, and friend to all that knew him.
Memorial services will be held at Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road, Berlin, on Saturday at 10 a.m. He will later be interned during a private service at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation are asked to consider either Coastal Hospice at the Lake, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21801; or the INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Tower 9 Oncology Unit, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, Va. 22042. Arrangements are being handled by Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.
Published in The Daily Times on May 3, 2012