Raymond E. Gosselin

Jul 23 2019 | 08:36 AM

    Raymond E. Gosselin died on Sunday, July 21, at his home in Dingmans Ferry, Pa. He was 86.
    He was born March 12, 1933, in Connecticut, where the family was enjoying a vacation. He was raised in Sussex, N.J.
    Ray was predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Edna Mary Peter Gosselin; his daughter Margaret Mary Gosselin Warischeck and son-in-law Robert Warischeck; parents, Alphonse and Natalie Gosselin; his twin brother, Ronald Gosselin; and his sister Caroline (Katie) Scott Blumenberg.
    He is survived by two sons, Arthur E. Gosselin and Thomas R. Gosselin, and Thomas’ wife, Vera Lawlor Gosselin; sisters, June Devincent and Audrey Seifert; beloved niece Laura Luminello, who had a special bond with Ray; as well as many other nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and -nephews.
    As teenagers, Ray and Ronald enlisted together in the U.S. Army, where Ray served as a cook. After returning from service in Germany, he married Edna and they resided in New Jersey, first in Park Ridge and later moving to River Vale. Ray’s work history included running a popular delicatessen — Ray’s Montvale Deli. After retiring from the delicatessen industry, he worked as a Manager at Howard Johnsons Restaurant in Mahwah and later as Head School Custodian for the River Vale Board of Education. Following retirement, Ray and Edna moved to Dingmans Ferry, Pa.
    A lover of home improvement projects and fishing, Ray would often take his sons on fishing expeditions. He also took the family on weekend getaways to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
    Ray volunteered for the Pike County Office for the Aging Meals on Wheels Program. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 139 and the VFW Post 8612, both in Milford, Pa. Previously, he served as an officer at the VFW Post 10161 in Montvale, N.J., and at the Pascack Valley VFW Memorial Post 8946 in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. He participated in many Memorial Day parades and helped sell poppies at local businesses with all the proceeds benefiting veterans.
    The family would especially like to thank the Karen Anne Quinlan Hospice staff for the loving care they provided Ray in the last few weeks of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Karen Anne Quinlan Hospice in Milford, Pa.
    Viewing will be held on Thursday, July 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, Pa.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Friday, July 26, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 101 Saint Vincent Drive, Milford, Pa., with the Reverend John Boyle officiating.
    Burial will follow in Delaware Cemetery, Dingmans Ferry, Pa.