Raymond Theodore Szymanski
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Ray was born March 12, 1942 in Detroit, MI, and died on October 27, 2012, at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge, FL, after a courageous battle with multiple types of cancer that lasted over three years.
Ray served in the US Air Force for 26 years, and then worked for the US Postal Service for 14 years before retiring to Canaveral Groves, FL. Recently, he had moved to Viera, FL.
He was a member of many organizations including the American Legion, the Air Force Sergeants Association, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Ray enjoyed bowling, and playing shuffleboard with his family and friends at KT's in Cocoa.
He is survived by his brother, Robert Szymanski of Michigan; sons, Eric and Troy Szymanski; daughter, Melissa Dean; step-daughter, Laura Canady, and her two daughters, Lauren and Jennifer; sister-in-law, Bea Szymanski; nieces, Shelly and Amy; and six grandchildren, Justin, Jesse, Jarrod, Tommy, Kayla, and Joshua. He was predeceased by his parents, Helen and Ted Szymanski; his wife, Rebecca Szymanski; and a son, Scott Szymanski.
A Celebration of Life for Ray will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 12:00 pm, at KT's in Cocoa. Ray will be given Military Honors, and laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, on November 5, 2012 at 10:30 am.
He was a wonderful man who had nothing but friends, and who always put others before himself. He will be greatly missed by both his family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice in Rockledge, and a special thanks to his brother, Bob, for helping tremendously during his final few weeks.
Condolences may be shared at www.davis seawinds.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Nov. 4, 2012