Ray Pickles

Ray Edwin Pickles

Monday, December 18th, 1933 - Friday, December 20th, 2019
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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Ray Edwin Pickles, 86, of Marion, MA. Ray passed away on December 20, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Providence, Rhode Island December 18, 1933, son of the late Frank Pickles and Mildred Ray.

Ray is survived by his loving wife, Diane Bondi-Pickles, loving children
Christopher (Margaret) Pickles; Justine (Nick Vardaro) Pickles; Leah Pickles, and granddaughter, Danika Vardaro. As well as his sister Lucille of St. Johnsbury, VT and late son Charles Arnold Ray Pickles.

During the Korean War Ray served in the US Army. He then graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston with a degree in Civil Engineering. Ray went on to have a long career in public service including 28 years as the Town Administrator for the Town of Marion, MA.

Ray had a passion for life and he embraced it fully. Ray was an avid skier, enjoyed the thrill and speed of car racing, and loved open water diving. Ray enjoyed many years of competitive sailboat racing including five Marion to Bermuda races. He also loved ocean cruising with his family along the Atlantic Coast. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father and friend.

Family and Friends are invited to attend Ray’s Memorial Service at St. Gabriel’s Church on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM.
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    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 11:00am
    St Gabriel's Church
    124 Front St
    Marion, MA 02738
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Private Condolence

Donna Wotton

Posted at 01:35am
Diane I’d like to give my deep condolences and heart felt sorrows to your family may the good lord bless you in your time of need lots of love Donna &Family

Denise M Valenti

Posted at 10:00am
Diane and family, so very sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He will be missed.

polly tucker

Posted at 08:29pm
With deepest sympathy to you, Diane, and Chris, Justine, and Leah. I do know exactly how you are feeling. You and Ray were always such good friends to Bob and me. We have a lifetime of wonderful memories. Cherish those fond memories. That's what I do. It helps. With much love and affection. Polly

John Hargreaves

Posted at 10:40am
We will miss Ray. We have fond memories which we spent with Ray and Diane, many sailing adventures Ray had wise advise to offer. We also enjoyed many meals with interesting conversations. Ray will be missed.
John and Judy Hargreaves

Beth Davis

Posted at 09:31am
Dear Ray - Thank you for being a strong and steady friend to me and to my family. You stood by us through the darkest times of our lives and also shared some wonderful adventures with us as well. I will carry the memory of your kindness and loyalty always. I so hope you are at peace now. I am holding your dear family in my heart. Love, Beth Davis

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