Ray Joe Neare Sr., 70, of Pittston Township, passed away Friday at home surrounded by his family.
Born in Pittston on June 16, 1943, he was a son of the late Raphael and Arbida Chaump Neare.
He attended Pittston Township schools and was the owner/operator of Neare Trucking for 50 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston. He enjoyed cooking and hosting family cookouts.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be truly missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Ray Joe Neare Jr., in 2002; and a stepsister, Ann Osticco.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Carol Kozak Neare; daughter, Cheryl Chilson and her husband, Mark, Pittston Township; four grandchildren, Sean, Alyssa, Zachary and Alek; and a great-granddaughter, Kaliarah.
The family thanks Dr. Stephanie Cabello, Angel's Touch Home Health and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the compassionate care provided to Ray Joe.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14 in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 7, 2013