Raymond Stanislaus Cuddy died Aug. 27, 2017 in his home after a long illness. Ray was born Aug. 28, 1934 in Washington D.C., the son of the late Raymond S. Cuddy Sr. and Mary Hilda (Carr) Cuddy, of Auburn.
He graduated in 1952 from Holy Family High School and then joined the United States Navy where he served until 1955. After the Navy, he attended Niagara University, and later bartended for a living.
In 1960, Ray enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam and fought in the Battle of Khe Sanh. He was a true Marine and natural leader, earning the respect of his superiors, peers, and the men he oversaw.
Ray worked as a liquor salesman for McKesson and Monarch Liquor Company. In 1985, his wife, Margaret, started Maggie’s Pies and Pasta and Ray helped run the business. Margaret passed away in 1994 and Ray sold the business in 1997. He finished his working career at Cuddy Financial Services at OIC of SLJs.
Ray was a gentle man known for his sense of humor. From time to time he would occasionally forget the punch line of a joke, which somehow made it funnier. During his retirement, he could be found on the golf course or holding court with his friends on his front porch on Hamilton Avenue. He could be counted on in times of need and would do anything for his friends and family. His 33 year marriage to Margaret and his five sons were especially a source of great pride and joy for him.
Ray was a member of the Marine Corps League, Knights of Columbus Council 207, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Utopia Club, SK Post, American Legion and the VFW. He was a former member of Auburn/Lakeview Country Club.
Surviving are his wife, Gloria Matro Cuddy with whom he enjoyed his final years; his children, Daniel (Elizabeth), of Auburn, Mark (Michelle), of Redondo Beach, Calif., Matthew (Barbara), of Wilkes Barre, Pa., Michael (Kathleen), and Terrence (Beth), both of Auburn; grandchildren, Bradley, Robert, Bridget, Marguerite, Georgia, Isabella, Quinntin, Alexandra, Liam, Joshua, James, and John; Gloria’s children, Renee and Doug Ward, and Marshelle and Patrick Whelan, and their children, Maverick and Avery; sister-in-law, Dorothea Cuddy; his father’s second wife, Mary Arlene Cuddy; brother-in-law, Alfred Zielonka; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family wishes to extend its gratitude to all the health care aides and caretakers who helped Ray in his final months.
Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Church, 90 Melrose Road, Auburn. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon on Thursday in Sacred Heart Church. Internment with full military honors will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Holy Family Church Roof Repair Fund.