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Raymond E. Riddick, Jr.
Of Westford, formerly of Lowell

WESTFORD -- Raymond E. Riddick Jr., loving husband, father, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, friend, and devoted son of Lowell, Massachusetts, died on Sunday, May 24, 2015, after a brief illness. He was 63 years old.

Ray was a big man with a heart and spirit to match. He possessed what his wife, Rosanne, called "the friendly gene," and his relationships with people all over the world were legendary. He maintained his friendships from elementary school, high school, college, and his professional life in the high tech industry. He made friends wherever he lived and worked to keep those friendships through the years.

Ray was born and raised in Lowell. He was the son of the late Marjorie (Haynes) and Raymond Riddick, the legendary football coach of Lowell High School. Ray played football for his dad, and was a talented center, tight end and tackle. He and his teammates are still reveling in their 1967 undefeated season and State Championship. He received many athletic honors, and among others, was named to the Boston Globe All Scholastic team and as Lowell High's Most Outstanding Lineman. Much later, he would be named to the Lowell High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He loved everything about Lowell High School to his core. Years later, he served on the Lowell School Committee.

Many colleges were interested in Ray and not just for his prowess on the football field. Ray was an excellent student, too. He chose to attend Yale where he majored in American Studies. He maintained excellent grades while playing as the starting center on the Yale football team his junior and senior years. On the field, he perfected the long snap, a skill he later taught to many of his nephews, friends' children, and his own daughter.

At Yale he was named the Eli's Lineman of the Week seven times. He was also named to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Team of the Week in 1973. In his senior year, when Yale played Cornell, Ray was awarded the game ball. Also in 1973, he was named to the All-New England team by the Boston Herald. Above everything, Ray was most proud of blocking for Dick Jauron, the All-American half-back soon to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Ray will be sadly missed especially by his freshmen year teammates, "The Bullpups," who still meet up every year at one Yale game.

Ray's life was more than just football and academics. At the start of his junior year, Ray met a young freshman named Rosanne Marcus, who was pioneering the women's swimming program at Yale. Ray followed the women swimmers to all of their meets, and introduced them to the football training tables after practices. He eventually became the swim team's first manager. Ray and Rosanne were never apart after that. They were married in 1979.

After graduation from Yale, Ray went on to graduate school at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his MBA. After graduate school, Ray worked for the consulting side of Arthur Andersen, but soon embarked on a career in the burgeoning high tech field, working for such firms as Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq, in positions that gave him the opportunity to travel the world. Many of those business colleagues became Ray's life-long friends.

Ray became known as one of the country's experts in software licensing. In the early '90s, Ray was named a vice president of 800-Software, a company with headquarters in Berkeley, California. He and Rosanne loved California and the west coast lifestyle. They enjoyed going to Cal sporting events, dining in the many restaurants, touring California and its many wonders, and of course, making friends.

Their greatest accomplishment in California, though, was the birth of their daughter Sage. Both admitted that of all their awards and accolades, Sage was the best thing that ever happened to them. After a few years in California, however, Ray and Rosanne had to admit that they wanted Sage to know her large family back home. So they said goodbye to Berkeley, built a house in Westford, and returned home, much to the delight of Sage's grandmothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins.Back in the Lowell area, Ray spent a great deal of time on community activities. He was a board member of Community Teamwork, Inc., in Lowell, the treasurer of the Friends of Lowell High School, and most recently, was a member of the School Committee for the Nashoba Valley Technical High School. He also served as the treasurer for Lowell House, Inc. and served on its board for ten years. He helped jump start the Friends of Westford Softball. In addition to this, he also found time to coach Sage's flag football teams and attend all of her swim meets and games. He was known to some of her teammates as "Papa Riddick," as they loved his funny sayings, his fierce loyalty to their teams, and especially his fabulous lasagna meals on nights before competitions.

Most recently, Ray served as vice president of business development at Data Compliance Partners and then as executive director of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

Ray will be remembered as a great collector, notably of antique Buicks and Buick parts. He would scour the country searching for treasures to buy and sell, and last summer, he drove on a solo trip across country attending swap meets, meeting friends from the car world, and visiting Sage in Oregon, where she was going to summer school. He also loved and acquired collections of his favorite childhood books, vintage musical equipment, as well as memorabilia from his father's years at Fordham University and as a team member on the Green Bay Packers.

Ray was a huge Packer, Patriot, and Red Sox fan, but recently adopted the Oregon Ducks, since Sage is a proud student at the University of Oregon. He enjoyed dissecting their offense on TV and on trips to games in Eugene. One of the family's adventures was their attendance at the 2015 Rose Bowl game to watch the Ducks play - and win the National Championship Semi-final.

Ray's loving family, besides Rosanne and Sage, includes his sister Marjorie Miller (brother-in-law Frank Miller who predeceased Ray) and her sons, Matt, Jon, and Paul, and sister Betty Dick, of Lowell, her husband Ed, and their sons, Barry, Brian, and Christopher. He also leaves his in-laws, Abe and Jean Peck, George and Nancy Marcus, Saul and Beverly Marcus and nieces and nephews, Abby, Joel, Naomi, Hillary, Harry J., Hayley, and Harry B. Everyone will miss Ray beyond words.

RIDDICK -- In Cambridge, May 24, 2015. Raymond E. Riddick Jr., 63, of Westford. Beloved husband of Rosanne (Marcus) Sage. Services for Ray will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road in Chelmsford, with burial to follow at the Edson Cemetery in Lowell. Shiva will be held and Memorial prayers will be said on Thursday night, 7 p.m., at Ray and Rosanne's home in Westford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ray's memory may be made to his father's scholarship fund for Lowell High students: The Raymond E. Riddick Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Enterprise Bank, 222 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852, or to the Arthritis Foundation at http://www.arthritis.org/massachusetts/. Arrangements in the care of MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell. Funeral Directors, Frederick W. Healy and Walter F. Bayliss Jr. Please visit Mr. Riddick's memorial tribute at www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Lowell Sun on May 26, 2015.
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March 21, 2021
After too many years I just saw of Ray’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go to Rosanne. Ray was a wonderful guy.
Jack Stahl
Jack Stahl
May 20, 2019
I have to remember a time in Lowell High School when Ray and I took Honors Latin together with Mr. Murphy. I received a 40 on a quiz and was upset. Ray sat in front of me in that class. He turned around and told me not to worry. I just remember that kind manner that he always had. He told me everyone failed, and they did. Thank you Ray for your kind words that day. I have never forgotten them. Leah Nicolopoulos
Leah Nicolopoulos
June 4, 2015
Rosann: I met you when we had a mutual client, and later had the pleasure of meeting Ray on a venture he was working on.
He was a great person to work with and whenever we ran into each other we enjoyed catching up.
I am truly sorry for your loss,you and your daughter will miss Ray as will everyone else who has known him.
Mark Scolnick
May 31, 2015
Margie and Riddick family,
I am so very sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Our families have known each other for a very long time. If I am not mistaken, I believe Ray and I were baptized on the same day at Matthew's Memorial Church. And Ray was my date for the Harvest Dance for Lowell High School. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May all of your cherished memories help you through these tough times.
Gail (DeLaHaye) Reilly
May 29, 2015
Dear Margie ~
Deepest sympathy to the Riddick family from the Barnes family. Lowell High, Family and Faith brought so many of us together and continues to be how we go through this journey called Life. Take care my friend, Susan (Barnes) Nealon, Carol (Barnes) Marchand and Dick Barnes.
Susan Nealon
May 28, 2015
To all the Riddicks,So sorry for this terrible loss you are in our thoughts.
Philip & Lynne Scannell
May 28, 2015
I'm sorry for your loss. Childhood classmate. Joann Donaher George
Joann George
May 27, 2015
My heart goes out to the family. I went to Lowell High with Ray. I even took driver's ed with his dad. What a great family! You will be missed. Leah (Pitman)Nicolopoulos
Leah Nicolopoulos
May 27, 2015
To the Riddick Family my deepest condolences on the passing of Ray. Your family was always good to mine. Prayers are with you all.
Gail Notini-Wallace
May 27, 2015
Ray is going to be missed. Great guy from a great family.
George Scannell
May 26, 2015
Childhood friend...High School classmate.....Job well done...RIP...
Dan Newell
May 26, 2015
Great guy I will always remember. sorry for your lost. to the Riddick family.and his sister.
Terrance Murphy
May 26, 2015
Our sympathy to Ray's family -
Bill Rees and Dianne Donoian Rees
Dianne Rees
May 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Riddick family as they mourn the loss of their husband, father , and brother. From a life long friend.
Jim Lambert
May 26, 2015
RIP Mr. Riddick.
Will miss your visits at The Deli!
Rick Guinazzo
May 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a wonderful spirit and my memories are many , fond & strong.
Wayne Newell
May 26, 2015
Rosie, so sorry hear of Ray's death. He was such a symbol of the best parts of college life: not just sportsmanship, but an innate gentleness and kindness, a sense of humour, and an ability to make sure no one took themselves too seriously. He was a gem.
Alison Kemper
May 26, 2015
Dear Rosanne and Sage, To say that I am anything less than heartbroken about your loss would be a horribly understatement. Ray was such an incredibly talented football player, but he was even more extraordinary a human being. The joy of coming together as young men in the summer of 1970 and finding a new "family" with one another is a source of joy that will never be diminished altogether within any of us. It just feels so much less "joyful" now, in Ray's absence. Like all of us who had the good fortune to be his teammates and his friends, I love him and will miss him terribly. My thoughts, my prayers, my heart, my love is with you all.
Brian Clarke
May 26, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Nancy (Robertson) Wormwood
May 26, 2015
Dear Margie and Family So sorry to hear of your loss please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hang on to your happy memories, they will help you through
Sheila Sullivan
May 26, 2015
My Deepest Sympathy-
Raymond was a big supporter of Nashoba Tech Students Athletes he will be missed.
David J. Fusco
Director of Athletics
Nashoba Valley Technical High School
May 26, 2015
Rosanne and Family,
I want to express my sincere condolences. Ray was an outstanding person who always lived a life of great integrity. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bill Olsen
Superintendent, Westford Public Schools
May 26, 2015
Dear Rosanne, Betty and Marjorie, please accept our deepest sympathy at the passing of Ray, Jr. His presence in the area will be missed greatly. Know that like his Dad, he will be remembered as a highly regarded person.

In His Love, Ruby & Kenneth Ratcliffe
Ruby & Kenneth Ratcliffe
May 26, 2015
Feeling very blessed to have known Ray Riddick, who left us way to early. His love for life and his passionate commitment to family and friends is an inspiration to us all. He optimized what it means to live life to the absolute fullest. He will be missed. Deepest condolences to the entire Riddick family on their loss.
Douglas Bolduc
May 26, 2015
Ray will be missed by many, but specialy by old friends.
Betty Ann (Matthews) Cook
May 26, 2015
RIP Ray. My condolences to the Families.
Jerry Mousseau
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