Erasmo "Ray" Ciccolella, 89, of Enfield, beloved husband for 54 years of Audrey (Franzem) Ciccolella, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Johnson Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Queens, N.Y., on Jan. 14, 1924, a son of the late Erasmo and Vincenzina (DiMaio) Ciccolella. Ray resided in Queens until 1959, and then lived in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., until moving to Enfield in 1986. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at New York University
and taught math for over 25 years, retiring from Sachem School District, Long Island, in 1983. Enlisting at age 17, Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Army
during World War II
. He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church and a former member of the Enfield Republican Town Committee. He was an avid New York Yankees fan. Ray enjoyed playing fantasy baseball with his whole family. He loved cats and was a history buff who enjoyed politics.
In addition to his wife, Audrey, Ray is survived by his three sons, Richard Ciccolella, and his wife, Linda, of Carver, Mass., Robert Ciccolella, and his wife, Cathy, of Presque Isle, Maine, and Raymond Ciccolella, and his wife, Jacki, of Austin, Texas; his grandchildren, Michael, Donna, Craig, John, Tammy, Trisha, Karen, and Stephen Ciccolella; his great-granddaughter, Aubree Elizabeth Ciccolella; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his siblings, Salvatore Ciccolella, Assunta Franzem, and Theresa D'Ybarrondo.
Family and friends may gather at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. for a procession to St. Patrick Church, 64 High St., Enfield, where a Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Ray's life will be held at 10 a.m. followed by burial with military honors in St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery. His family will receive relatives and friends at Leete-Stevens on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Ray's family requests that donations in his memory be made to St. Patrick Church, 64 High St., Enfield, CT 06082, or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.
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