Raymond M. Mercado, 62, of Dalton, died Wednesday at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. He was the husband of Nancy Beemer Mercado.
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Born in Scranton, son of Raymond Mercado, Ramona, Calif., and the late Eleanor Shoemaker Mercado, he was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was the owner and operator of A-1 Gold and Diamond Mine 2 in Clarks Summit. He was a member of the Archbald Lions Club, the Abington B to B Group and the Tavern Association, and was a fellow craft Mason in Acacia Lodge 579, F&AM of Taylor.
Along with being a prominent jeweler, Ray was also an avid NASCAR fan and loved his trips to the casino. He also enjoyed restoring his old Ford pickup truck. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Also surviving are two sons, Jason and wife, Angela, Honesdale; and Matthew and wife, Nadene, Taylor; a daughter, Christina Fink, Old Forge; two brothers, Charles and Michael Mercado, both of Moosic; two sisters, Rosanna Clark, Moosic; and Denise Tracy, Taylor; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, aunts and uncles; and dear friends, Marsha Modery, Pat and William Bryck, and Mike and Angela Sicoli.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 7 p.m. from the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Beemer Cemetery.
Friends may call Monday from 4 until the service. A Masonic service will be conducted by members of Acacia Lodge 579, F&AM at 6.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.lawrenceey oungfuneralhome.com.
Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home
418 S. State St.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 11, 2014