Charles A. Ray Jr., Produce Manager

November 16, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Charles A. Ray Jr., a retired produce manager and Navy veteran, died Sunday from complications following open heart surgery at Union Memorial Hospital.

The Hamilton resident was 70.

Mr. Ray was born in Baltimore and raised in the 10th Ward, the lower Greenmount Avenue neighborhood. He was a 1957 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School.

He served in the Navy as a radioman aboard the destroyer USS Borie from 1957 until being discharged in 1961.

Mr. Ray worked as a produce manager for several Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. supermarkets before going to work in 1980 for Eddie's on St. Paul Street in Charles Village. He retired in 2000.

A lifelong duckpin bowler and amateur tour champion, Mr. Ray was secretary to the Friday Morning League and regularly bowled at Parkville Lanes, Harford Lanes and Taylor's Stoneleigh Duckpin Bowling Center in Rodgers Forge.

Mr. Ray also volunteered at Our Daily Bread and the Parkville Senior Center. He was a football fan and liked ballroom dancing.

"He loved spending time with his friends of the Sunshine Club, a social club, playing cards and going to the track and casinos with me," said his wife of 49 years, the former Margaret "Honey" Prevosto.

"He was an outgoing and energetic man who loved talking with people. He could talk for hours," she said.

Mr. Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church in Parkville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles A. Ray III of Hampstead and Joseph Ray of Hamilton; his mother, Clara Ray of Parkville; and three grandchildren.

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