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Obituary Condolences

Kody James Ray
formerly of Sidney
Kody James Ray, 17, was born in Sidney, NY on March 5, 1993. Kody began his journey to heaven on Monday, March 22, 2010, at 8:20 a.m. after a tragic accident. Kody is predeceased by his Papa, who was his mentor, Joseph Capobianco. May they be enjoying each other's company in heaven. Kody is survived by his mother, Regina J. Capobianco of Kings Park, NY; father and stepmother, Russell Ray and Jeannie Elmore of Springfield, MO; maternal grandmother, Joann Capobianco of Guilford, NY; paternal grandparents, Vivian and Leon Ray of Unadilla, NY; two sisters, Danica M. Capobianco of Bainbridge, NY and Kayla R. Ray of Kings Park, NY; one brother, Damien M. Gardepe of Walton, NY; a stepbrother and stepsister, Nathan and Brittney Elmore of Springfield, MO; a niece and nephew, NinaJo M. and Deagan J. Capobianco of Bainbridge, NY; aunt, uncle and cousins, Michael, Tina, Mikey and Nicole Nuzzo of Nesconset, NY; and uncle, Dominick Capobianco of Fairbanks, AK; along with many others. Kody was a junior at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, MO. Kody moved to Missouri to begin a new chapter of his life one short year ago. Kody previously attended Sidney Central School in Sidney, NY, where Kody resided most of his life. Kody was an amazing individual. He was a free spirit and loved life. Kody loved his friends and it was his calling to make people happy. Kody was a "jokester", "the funny guy" and kept everyone laughing with a smile on their face. Kody was known by many names: "Little Big Son", "Kod-Man", "Kodster", "K6". His sister and his papa called him "Kodalina" (lol), and his loving friends in Missouri knew him as "New York", and he certainly lived up to each and every name. Kody loved dirt biking with his cousin Mike, listening to and making his own rap music, playing sports, spending time "chillin" with his friends. Kody's true passion was spending time with his family. Nothing was more important to Kody than the people that loved and still love him, especially his niece and nephew; they will miss him terribly. Although Kody was a victim of a horrific tragedy, he left us continuing to help others. Kody is truly our hero. Kody has donated his strong, healthy organs to those in need. Kody's big, loving heart is going to a recipient in Texas, his lungs are going to a recipient in Canada, his liver is going to a recipient in Louisiana, his one kidney and pancreas are going to a recipient in St. Louis, Missouri and his other kidney is also going to a recipient in St. Louis, Missouri. Being an organ donor is a generous gift of life and is an act that sums up Kody's demeanor. To keep Kody's memory alive, you are being asked to choose to be an organ donor yourself and give the gift of life, the most precious gift there is to give to those in need. On behalf of Kody, we as his family would like to extend an extremely understated "Thank You" to the staff in the ICU unit of the St. John's Hospital in Springfield, MO. They went above and beyond their call of duty to make Kody and his family feel comfortable and loved during Kody's last days of life. An extra special heartfelt thank you goes out to Breita Church, the Director of Organ Donor Services, for being so supportive and loving. She will always be held near and dear to our hearts.
As we all know, Kody was an untraditional person and liked to keep things on the "down low". To honor Kody, "Kody-Style", there will be an informal gathering to celebrate his life on Monday, March 29, 2010, at the Keith Clark Park (KCP) in Sidney, NY at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions are being accepted at the Hideaway Lounge in Sidney, NY.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Mar. 25, 2010
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