donald a.ray
Rochester: Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Predeceased by his brother, Warren Ray; grandsons, Timothy and Alexander Ray. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joyce Ray; son, Lawrence(Julie) Ray, Carol (Kevin) Mykins; grandchildren, Amanda (Victor) Citro, Zachary (Lauren) Mykins, Stephen Ray, Christopher Ray; 4 great-grandchildren. Don was a veteran of the United States Army, a member of the RARA, a lifetime member of the AWA and retired from Eastman Kodak Co. after 34 years. He will be sadly missed. Friends may call Sunday, June 17th, 2-6PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Service will be held Monday, June 18th, 11 AM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2009 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY 14615. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or Lifetime Care Hospice 3111 Winton Road S Rochester NY 14623 in Donald's memory.

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  1. A man to be missed. I worked with Don for many years at Kodak (during the good years) Don was always a fair and good man to work with. I can think of all the people we worked with, most have probably moved on to other areas, or have passed on. Don was called the ‘Grand Old Printer’ and a card was made up with that title. I have the card someplace and will keep it to remember the good days at Kodak and Don Ray.

  2. Dear Joyce, Carol, Larry, and Families,
    Saying goodbye to a loving family member and friend is never easy. It is especially difficult when it is someone as kind, friendly, and loving as Don. We cherish the many years we have spent together at Canandaigua Lake. He was the adoptive Grandpa to our girls. Don and Joyce truly became part of our family. He will be missed but never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. I will always have a special place in my heart for you, Don. The years are full of memories starting in the 1970s when we met. I remember coming down to bowling years ago and my wiper blade was hanging by a thread halfway there in a snowstorm and I told you about it. You fixed it before I left to go home. A large stuffed teddy bear was rescued by you out of your neighbor’s garbage can as you knew how much I love teddy bears and after bowling you had me come out to your car and the bear rode home with me in my passenger seat. I will miss you being my ‘coach’ on bowling nights and getting your plate of food and we would steal a thank you kiss at the bowling Christmas party every year. John has so enjoyed your talks about everything and will also miss you so much and wishes it wasn’t cut so short. The world has lost a gentle soul and a wonderful kind man and I will miss my dear friend.

  4. One of the sweetest men I’ve ever met – I will miss seeing him every Monday night, miss the chats on the market, and his dedicated service of keeping the water glasses filled…. Hugs to Joyce, and my condolences to the entire family. May tears and heartache be replaced with smiles and memories over time. ~ Betsy

  5. So sorry to learn of Don’s passing. I knew Don and Joyce through years of activity with RaRa and the AWA. Don’s life long generosity to these and many organizations were legendary in proportion. His printing press is now silent but not forgotten.

  6. We are sorry to hear about Don. Mom called me just now with the news. Ruth Hilficker sent her the obit. I can still see Don walking out to take the catamaran out for a sail. He loved that boat!!! Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

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