Raymond C. Ray Cattaneo, age 82, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Sunday, June 23, 2013 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Quincy and was a graduate of Saint Marys Elementary School in West Quincy and Boston College High School. Ray was employed for the City of Quincy for over thirty-five years. He served as Assistant Park Director from 1972 through 1987 when he was named Executive Director of the Park, Recreation, Forestry and Cemetery Departments. After retirement he continued as a seasonal consultant organizing all field permit requests until 2009. Rays passion in life was baseball. He was drafted from high school as a third baseman for the Boston Braves, playing in their minor league system from 1948 through 1951 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his Army service he played for the Jacksonville Braves before returning to assist in his familys plastering business. He was a life member of the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post #294 in Quincy and the North Quincy Knights of Columbus. Ray is best known for his association with the Morrisette American Legion Baseball Program. He played for the team as a young man and later devoted over forty years of dedicated service. He served as coach for thirty years and as manager ever since. Over these many years he provided leadership to countless young ball players, promoting American Legion baseball, good sportsmanship and patriotism. During his career, Ray received many awards and acknowledgements including being inducted to the Boston College High School Baseball Hall of Fame and the Quincy High School Baseball Hall of Fame. In addition, he was recently honored by being inducted into the North Quincy High School Baseball Hall of Fame as a special inductee. Beloved husband for fifty-eight years of Claire E. (Belcher) Cattaneo. Devoted father of Raymond P. Cattaneo of DeLand, Florida, Paul F. Cattaneo and his wife Jenny of Carlsbad, California, Peter J. Cattaneo and his wife Betsy of Raynham and Lisa J. Mainini of Hull. He is survived by twelve grandchildren and was brother of the late John J. Cattaneo, Jr. At the request of the family, private graveside services, with military honors, were conducted at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree. Memorial services will be conducted at Saint Marys Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy on Friday, June 28, at 10 oclock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. For those who wish, donations in Rays memory may be made to Morrisette Post Baseball, c/o 65 Smith Street, Quincy, MA 02169. Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on June 26, 2013