Slavin, Raymond Charles, 78, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2009, surrounded by his beloved wife, Peg, daughters, Kim Slavin and Bonnie Castle, and son-in-law, Al Castle, and dog, GiGi. Ray was born March 23, 1931 in Youngstown, OH, to John and Emma Slavin. He graduated from North High School in 1950 and the Coast Guard Academy of New London, Conn. in 1953. Ray was a veteran of the Korean War. In 1954 he became co-owner of Bell Wick Auto Sales of Hubbard, OH changing the name to Bell Wick Ford Inc. in 1960 as owner and President. He moved the dealership in 1973 to 5700 Youngstown-Hubbard Rd. renaming it Ray Slavin Ford Inc. and adding a Dodge dealership in 1980. Ray served as President of the Tri-County Auto Dealers Association of Youngstown in both 1980 and 1981. Other franchise companies Ray owned and operated during the course of his career in Ohio include Itasca Motor Homes, Firestone Tires, and Bridgestone Motor Cycles. He was also owner and President of Auto Truck Lease & Loan Co., Inc., Factory Homes of Youngstown ,OH and West Middlesex, PA. Ray married Peg in 1952 celebrating 57 years of marriage in 2009. He leaves a sister, Irene Mc Fall, niece, Jill Gula, and nephews, Douglass and Ross Mondell of Canfield, OH; his two granddaughters, Alexis Castle, Adrienne Campbell and grandson-in-law, Parker Campbell of Tallahassee, FL. His daughter, Kim Slavin resides in Orlando, FL and daughter, Bonnie Castle and son-in-law, Al Castle in Boca Raton, FL. Ray and Peg lived in Hubbard, OH until 1990 when they retired to Pompano Beach, FL where Peg and GiGi reside. Ray enjoyed life, his friends, his boat, his golf, and most of all his family, along with building his businesses. He was a member of the Pompano Beach Golf Association in FL and Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, PA. He will be remembered and missed by many but most of all by his family. We love you Ray, you were bigger than life to us. A memorial service will be held at St. Gabriel Catholic church in Pompano Beach.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16, 2009