Raymond Anthony Sai
Jul 8, 1924 - Jan 30, 2013
Raymond Sai, 88, passed away peacefully at Arcadian Cove in Richmond, KY, on January 30, 2013.
He was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, to Laura and Joe Sai on July 8, 1924. Ray joined the Navy towards the end of World War II
and was stationed in the South Pacific. He then served in the Korean War
and received a Purple Heart
when his ship was attacked and he was injured. His stint in the Navy brought him to Atwater, California, where his parents had moved. He met Millie Borrelli at a dance in Gustine and married November 17, 1946. Ray and Millie spent the majority of their time together in Merced and Modesto before retiring and moving to Patterson.
He was such a craftsman as he enjoyed working with wood, building cabinets, shelves and other projects. Ray, also, loved camping, hunting and fishing with family and friends. Family and friends were such an important part of Ray and Millie's life together. They valued spending time and vacationing with their daughters and grandchildren. Their travels brought them to Australia, Canada and all of California. Ray often said how they never would have travelled so much if it hadn't of been for his daughters.
Ray and Millie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary November 17, 2006, prior to Millie's death the day after Thanksgiving. Later that year he moved to Richmond, KY, to be with his eldest daughter.Ray was a devout Catholic. His faith was a major part of his life and contributed to the man he was and how he lived his life. He was an encourager who liked to have a good time and will be remembered for his practical jokes, easy-going attitude and support of family.
Ray is survived by his daughters, Flora Rae Washburn of Richmond, KY and Jo Ann Floriani of Danville, CA; grandchildren, Nicole Smith, Lori Canevaro, and Sai Washburn; great grandchildren Gage Washburn, Conor Kilgore, Keenlyn Kilgore, and Caidan Rose Kilgore. He was preceded in death by his wife, Millie; sister, Helen Schuh; and parents Joe and Laura Sai.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, February 11th at the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles in Gustine. Interment to follow at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine.
Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapel, Patterson. www.cvobituaries.com