Raymond Zielinski
1937 - 2021
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Raymond Zielinski
Raymond Zielinski of St. Augustine, FL died after a courageous month long battle with COVID-19. He was 83 years old.
Ray was born in Albany, NY on April 9, 1937 to Mary and Stanley Zielinski. He graduated from Siena College with a Bachelors of Science in Economics and received his Masters of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. After graduating, Ray went on to proudly work for various departments of New York State for over 30 years. He was the President of the Albany Polish American Citizens Club during the late 70s and early 80s.
Ray and his wife, Ann, left Saratoga Springs after he retired for St. Augustine, FL. Here he worked for Red Train Tours, where he shared his love and knowledge of history giving tours of the Nation's Oldest City. He could often be found on the golf course, never forgetting to let you know that he recently "shot his age" or socializing with friends – celebrating at the 19th hole. Always adventurous and vivacious, he was known for his love of parties, laughter, wine and friendship.
During the summer months, he and Ann would vacation to Saratoga Springs where he would conduct Backstretch tours of the Race Track and volunteered at the Saratoga Visitor Center where he gave walking tours of Congress Park, Yaddo, and trolley tours of the City. Raymond belonged to the Historical Society where he continued his interest in the bygone era of Saratoga Springs.
In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his brothers Richard and Stanley Zielinski and his sister, Pat Dobek. Survivors include his wife of 33 years and love of his life, Ann, Ray leaves three daughters who he was so very proud of, Alecia Ramos (Tony), Amy Lee (Joe), Alison Faggiano (Blaise), Ann's children Kelli Smachlo (Mark), Stuart McDowell (Gloria), eight grandchildren, and also his best friend his sister, Sandra Crooks (John).
As soon as Ray learns the layout of Heaven and its many attractions, we know he will be giving guided tours to friends, family and strangers alike.
Due to COVID-19 a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Published in St. Augustine Record from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2021.
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May 9, 2021
Ray was a wonderful, warm-hearted person who loved to be with friends and family. He will be missed by so many. Thoughts and prayers for his family.
Ann Junod
Friend
February 26, 2021
Our sympathy to Ann and family. I worked and we partied with Ray over many decades. He was a great guy and will be missed by those who knew him. Rest In Peace.
Roger and Pat Swanson
February 24, 2021
My late husband, Ed Delehanty and I were friends of your mom and dad many years ago. We had wonderful times together. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. My condolences to your family.
Michele Delehanty
Friend
February 24, 2021
My best-golfing buddy and enjoyed working out together at planet fitness. I will miss him every day.
Wayne Warner
Friend
February 23, 2021
Ray was an incredible asset to the City of Saratoga Springs. He will be sorely missed. Prayers for his family and friends.
Betsy Cannon, fellow Visitor Center tour guide
February 23, 2021
So sorry for your loss ! He was a great man . A great brother to Richie and a great brother-in-law to my Mom Betty Zielinski - Barbolt! When mom lost Richie he was right by my moms side helping her with every detail! So caring and kind ! Mom just loved him and his family !! She is so upset over his loss .. Sandy please contact mom again ! She would love to talk to you!! She is 91 this year and still talks about your family and how good you all were to her .. and I was very happy with his help as well!! He was so sweet and funny and made all easier for mom !! I am sure he is in heaven now with his brothers and sister and parents!! Playing golf . Nd still guiding others ! So thankful to him !
Mary Kivlen
February 23, 2021
Ray was a good father to our 3 daughters, they will miss him so much. Ray was a fun loving guy never missed the opportunity for a party and a glass of wine. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Raymond
Dolly Ott
Acquaintance
February 23, 2021
Ray was a quick-witted lovable guy. It was my pleasure to know and to love him like brother. Fred
Fred Kells-Murphy
Friend
February 23, 2021
Ray and i went to school together , he was always so shy and quiet he was the best kid on Colonie st. Prayers are with with you , rest in peace
jean tomlinson
February 23, 2021
He was a good man. Vibrant and fun loving.
Lawrence greco
Acquaintance
February 23, 2021
The sun doesn’t shines as bright. My Ray of sunshine. My inspiration. I love you Dad and miss you so much. Smile. Be happy.
Amy Lee
Daughter
February 23, 2021
May God continue to bless you, you're in great hands know.
Richard Ott Jr.
Acquaintance
February 23, 2021
The sun doesn’t shine as bright without you Dad. I love you and miss you.
My Ray of sunshine. Smile. Be happy. Always an inspiration to me❤
Amy Lee
Daughter
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