PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Richard M. Ray Sr., of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died Jan. 1, 2014 at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida after a year-long illness.
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Mr. Ray was born Dec. 27, 1934 in Exeter, N.H., the son of Gordon A. Ray, Sr. and Theresa Mazurka Ray. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elaine Colcord Ray; three children, Richard, Jr. (Sheri) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Diane of Hastings, Carol (Eric Peterson) of Seattle, Wash.; granddaughter, Jennifer, of New York City and grandson, Cory of Ponte Vedra Beach. Mr. Ray was a longtime resident of Simsbury, Conn., before moving to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1989. He was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (president of Phi Mu Delta fraternity) and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Seattle Air Base Command. Mr. Ray was employed by the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company and Cigna Corporation for more than 30 years. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association and served as president of the Philadelphia Life and Health Claim Association. As a chartered financial consultant, he established a financial planning practice after moving to Florida. He was a lifelong Braves fan and a legendary coach in the Simsbury Little League. He loved his family, cherished his pets and enjoyed traveling the world with Elaine.
SERVICES: After a private memorial service in Florida, burial will take place in Exeter, N.H. Memorials can be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 10, 2014