Mr. Raymond J. Silver, 76, of 6 North Main St, formerly of Louisville, passed away Sunday evening, October 7, 2012 at Massena Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted on Saturday. He had been in failing health for the past few months.
Raymond was born October 22, 1935 in Massena, the son of the late Oscar and Dorothy Delosh Silver and was a graduate of Massena Central School. On November 30, 1957, he married Shirley A. Matton at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Louisville with Rev. Wilfred Nugent, officiating.
He first worked with the construction of the Seaway before entering the US Marine Corps. While serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, he was stationed in both Korea and Japan. After his honorable discharge from the Marines, he went to work for John Pellegrino Oil Company before starting his own company, Ray Silver Fuels for many years. He later began working for St. Lawrence Catholic Church as a caretaker, until his retirement. He was an active communicant of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and a member of the American Legion #79, Marine Corps League Massena Detachment, and supported Ducks Unlimited.
Raymond was instrumental in starting the Louisville Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball Team and sponsored many local hockey teams. He truly loved being outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting, duck hunting, cutting wood or golfing, Raymond loved the beauty of nature. He also enjoyed bowling, watching NASCAR races, his New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, the Boston Bruins, and loved spending time with his grandchildren playing the Nintendo 64.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife of nearly 55 years, Shirley; their children, Richard and Kaye Silver of Massena, Steven and Maureen Silver of Ogdensburg, Rodney Sr. and Lynn Silver of North Bangor, Scott and Shelley Silver of Massena and Suzanne and Stephen Currier of Brasher Falls; 10 grandchildren, Tawnya, Chelsea, Jessica, Justin, Nicole, Elizabeth, Rodney Jr., Courtney, Briana, and Jonathan; two great grandchildren, Quinten and Addison; his sister, Joyce and Leo Murphy of Norfolk; his brother, Marvin and Joan Silver of Norfolk; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Raymond’s life will be held Friday 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Louisville with Rev. Scott D. Fobare, celebrating. Military honors will follow the mass. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Louisville.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.