Feb. 6, 1929 - Jun. 8, 2013
Frederick Raymes, 84, of Sarasota, FL, beloved husband of Lydia Raymes, died on June 8, 2013. He was born Manfred Mayer on February 6, 1929 in Hoffenheim, Germany. He changed his name when he fled the Holocaust and emigrated to the U.S. in 1946 to erase his memories of his past. His parents, Matilda and Karl were killed at Auschwitz. He and his brother, Menachem were rescued through an underground network. Fred served in the US Army Engineering Corp. during the Korean War
. During that time with a touch of irony (and some personal conflict), he ultimately worked at the Redstone Arsenal working under the famed German V-2 rocket scientist, Werner von Braun, to help with developing the United States' rocket program. He began his lifelong pursuit of education and learning by attending night classes at the Academy of Aeronautics and went on to gain his Masters of Science and Engineering and Masters of Business Administration. He realized his dream of living in California where he worked in the space program for North American Aviation (now Rockwell International). He moved to New York in the early 70s to work for Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage, NY where he became deputy director in charge of Grumman's program to propose on developing and building the space shuttle. He worked for Grumman for 20 years ultimately retiring as a Senior Vice President of Grumman International. His early life was extremely difficult, but he met these challenges with great personal and career success. Much of the details of this incredible life journey are chronicled in a memoir he wrote with his brother - "Menachem & Fred, Thoughts and Memories of Two Brothers". Later a documentary film was produced based on that memoir. The film based on the book received the award for "Most Inspirational Movie of the Year" from the Cinema for Peace Foundation, Berlin 2009.
In earlier years he loved sailing and built a second home on the water in Greenport, NY. He was a voracious reader, loved to hike, and bike ride. He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Menachem Mayer of Israel, his daughter, Suzette and her husband, Eric Biagi of East Northport, NY and his son, David Raymes of East Granby, CT and his wife, Joyce Kennedy Raymes and 5 grandchildren, Patrick Herr, Kathryn Evers and her husband, Christopher, Connor, Cameron and Brianna Raymes and great grandchildren, Declan and Patrick Herr. A graveside memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at New MonteFiore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tampa Holocaust Museum or the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Condolences may be offered at palmsrobartsfuneralhome.com