Raymond "Ray" Wells
1928 - 2017
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Raymond "Ray" Wells

Raymond "Ray" Wells, 89, resident of Oradell, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2017. Ray was born to Harold and Julia Wells in Kearny, New Jersey on May 28, 1928. He married his best friend and the love of his life, Betty Louise Martin on September 23, 1950. Ray and Betty were joyfully married for 66 years.

Ray is predeceased by his brother, Harold and his parents. He will be sadly missed by his wife Betty and his children, Thomas Wells and his wife Carol of Bristol, VT, Holly Tillman and her husband Tom from Montoursville, PA, Peter Wells and his wife Linda of Park Ridge, NJ, Jeffrey Wells and his wife Sherri of Norfolk, VA, Kerry Couldron of Englewood, NJ and Juliann Aman and her husband Robert of Bettendorf, IA. Their beloved Papa will be missed by his eighteen grandchildren: Ciera, Rachel, Katie, Connie, Jonathan, Jordyn, Shasi, Jaclyn, Philip, Carlyn, Brittany, Holly, Parker, Peter, Madison, Joshua, Elizabeth and Caleb and fourteen great grandchildren.

Ray graduated from Lyndhurst High School in 1945 and Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1949. He practiced architecture for 63 years and founded Wells Associates. He proudly served in the Korean War as a 2nd LT. in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers 1950-1953 and served in Salzburg, Austria 1952-1953.

He was an active member of the Old Paramus Reformed Church in Ridgewood, NJ and Royal Poinciana Chapel, Palm Beach, FL. At OPRC, he was a Sunday School Teacher and Assistant Superintendent, Deacon and Architectural Consultant.

He was a loyal Rotarian for over 52 years with perfect attendance. His family and others called him "Rotary Ray". He lived by the motto "Service Above Self". He served in leadership capacity on every level, Club, District and International, culminating his services as the role of International Rotary Director. He visited over 25 countries and over 30 states in the name of Rotary, almost always with Betty at his side. Ray founded 4 new Rotary clubs and loved to bring people to Rotary and over the years sponsored more than 175 members. He loved to mentor other Rotarians - young or old. Rotary service was truly Ray's passion.

Ray was a true servant to his community. He was a Member of the Paramus Board of Education, Oradell Planning Board, Oradell Aesthetics Committee, Building Committee of Hackensack Hospital and Paramus Bicycle and Safety Committee, Paramus Code of Ethics, Paramus Cub Scout Program, President of the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Building Committee Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors of Bergen County Girl Scouts and Advisory Committee, and Advisory Committee the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. He was a touch football and junior basketball coach for the Paramus Recreation program. He was a trustee of the George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery Association, Member and President of the Paramus Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Emeritus of the Bergen County Blood Center, Board of Directors of the Fritz Behnke Museum, Trustee advice President of Paramus Boys Club, President of the Paramus Jaycees, Trustee of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame, Bergen County Chamber of Commerce, Bergen County Grand Jury Association, New Jersey Educational Association, President's Advisory Board of Bergen Community College, Trustee of the March of Dimes and a Trustee of the United Way of Bergen County.

He will be remembered for his devoted love for his wife, his pride in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his steadfast faith, integrity and humility.

Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 S. Farview Ave. in Paramus, NJ from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Friends and relatives are asked to gather for the funeral service on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Old Paramus Reformed Church, 660 E. Glen Ave, Ridgewood, NJ. Repass will be at 12:00 PM at the Fellowship Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rotary International Foundation or Raymond Wells Scholarship, care of the Paramus Rotary Club. P.O. Box 1003 Paramus, NJ 07653-1003.

To leave an online condolence or for further information visit www.vanderplaat.com. Condolences may also be sent to raywellscondolences@gmail.com.

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Published in The Record/Herald News on Aug. 29, 2017.
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September 23, 2017
My sincerest condolences to the Wells family. May the God of comfort give you strength during this difficult time. Jeremiah 29:11,12.
August 30, 2017
I grew up living next door to Ray, and my first job at 14 was working for him in the office on Ridgewood Avenue as a summer 'gopher' at the age of 14.

I still remember how existed and proud I was when he allowed me to draw a small portion of a floor plan for an apartment complex his firm was designing. Rest in peace and my condolences to his family and friends.
Bill Lev
August 30, 2017
I met Ray over 40 years ago when he was active in the Architects League. I also had the fortune of visiting him at his outstanding home in Oradell. I fine gentleman and architect who's qualities were handed down through his family.
Albert Zaccone
August 30, 2017
Greatest condolences to the family.
Peter Grieco, AIA
August 30, 2017
Rest in Peace! One of the Good Guys.
Ron Squillace
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