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Raymond Anthony Valvano

Raymond Anthony Valvano of Milford, MA passed away July 12, 2011 at the age of 53 years.  The son of Pasquale and Annaliese (Schroeder) Valvano was born June 20, 1958 in Bremerhaven, Germany.  Raymond was a graduate of Colorado State University and received his Masters at University of Nebraska.  He was very dedicated to his work with Natick Labs.  Raymond was a 25yr member of Toastmasters receiving the highest honor, the DTM award.  Through his many years in the organization and at work, he made many close friendships which he treasured. Surviving to cherish his memory are his parents of Lakewood, CO; his brother Thomas & Melodie Valvano, his nephew Matthew Valvano, and his niece Elizabeth Valvano of Saginaw, MI. Friends may call at the Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home 46 Water St. Milford, on Monday July 18th from 4-6pm followed by a prayer service at 6:00pm to celebrate Raymond’s life.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made toward Toastmasters International Ralph C. Smedley Memorial Fund.

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Du warst wirklich ein toller Mensch. Wir vermissen dich lieber Raymond.
Merdan C. Karaca

I met Ray at Natick Labs. We talked extensively about Milford where he lived and where I grew up. His kindness and spirit were evident in everything I dealt with him about. I am sure that God has a new friend.
Frank Apicella

Ray was a true gentleman and a wonderful person, who I once had the honor to work with. Rest in peace, Ray.
Jane Graham

All who gathered to honor and pay their respects to Ray made it clear that his spirit will live on. Ray lived his life thinking of others before himself, never expecting anything in return. He made us laugh and he made each and every one of us feel like we were an important person in the world. To receive recognition for his accomplishments and diligent work ethic meant so much to Ray but what he did not realize was how much he was appreciated for who he was. His random acts of kindness and the true respect and genuine concern he showed for others, no matter if you knew him for a minute or a life time, is what mattered most. Ray achieved the true meaning of success; the world is a better place because of him. The best way we can honor Raymond Anthony Valvano is to carry his goodness within us and share it with the world.
Cathy Kurkjian

dear mr and mrs valvano, we convey our sincere condolences to you over your devastating loss and wish you much strength.
lorina, billy, regina and joe.

Dear Ms. Valvano, I heard from my aunt about your loss. I would like to express my condolences to you and your family.
Kirsten Robertson (Naused) - Bremerhaven, GERMANY


Ray's passing has shocked and saddened so many of us. The Ray that everyone wrote about here was the cousin I played with as a child. He was always happy and fun to be around. I wish I had had more time to spend with him as we grew older. All the kind, loving, sincere words that you, his Massachusetts "family", have written will deeply touch the hearts of my aunt and uncle and family. God bless you, Raymond. You will be missed.
Lucille Valvano Baselice

My deepest sympathy to the Valvano Family. May he rest in peace. Inge Andre & Family
Inge Andre

Raymond will be fondly remembered as we gather with some of the wonderful Valvano family this week. Although we are geographically distant, you are always close in our hearts. With deepest sympathy...
The Minelli Family

My sincere condolences to Ray's family and also to his dear friends at Naick Labs. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. If you just met Ray for a moment, or you knew Ray for years, it still meant that you would always remember how you were touched by his kindness.
Bob & Elaine Kinslow

To Ray’s beloved family, my heart breaks for you at this time of sorrow. May you find peace and comfort knowing that Ray truly made a difference in the world. The goodness of his tender soul will continue on in those fortunate enough to be touched by his grace. I pray that God will hold you close as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Ray, my friend, I will miss you dearly. You will be forever in my heart. You nourished my soul because I saw deep into yours. I will forever grapple with the reason why God would take a man of such goodness from this world but will have to continue on grateful to have shared the time on earth with you and with the faith that you are in a better place; in eternity receiving the rewards of your exemplary life. May you have everlasting peace, smiling with the angels.
Cathy Kurkjian

My sincere condolences to the Valvano family. Ray didn't have a bad bone in his body. He was so supportive while I was busy raising a family and working at Natick. I haven't worked with Ray for 7 years but I remember him speaking fondly of his family and he was especially proud of his niece and nephew. God bless you Ray.
Karen MacDonald, former co-worker

I worked with Ray and he was the nicest and most helpful person and coworker I have ever known. He genuinely cared about people and was so thoughtful. Our team won't be the same without him - he is sorely missed. There will always be a special place for Ray in our memories - I pray he is very happy now and at peace now.
Sharon Lesher

Ray was honest, sincere, and respectful towards me as a coworker. I had the pleasure of working with Ray for about 8 years at Natick. Ray and I were on different teams but we shared work-related activities. So, I am fortunate to have worked with him. He honored himself and his family by his life of committed service and honorable character. His thoroughness and thoughtful manners will long be remembered and stand as an example to us all. To his family, I send my thanks for his life and condolences at his passing. I am a better person for having known Ray Valvano. Thank you Ray, thank you for being you.
Alan Wright

To the Valvano family: Ray and I talked a lot about Colorado. I was from Durango and also graduated from Colorado State University. He kept up better than I on the Alma Mater team and was always ready to update me. I was always in trouble at home when I rooted for the Rockies or the Bronchs but found comradeship with Ray. He always had a smile and sweet disposition. May God fill the void in your hearts that his leaving has caused. Jack Briggs
Jack Briggs

OH MY! I am now so thankful that I did have a chance to chat with Ray at the Toastmasters training session. What a guy! He never, EVER said a unkind word about anyone. A true Toastmaster, thinking before speaking. We and the family lost a very true person. God Bless!
George Manoogian, DTM

My deepest sympathy to the Valvano Family. I knew Ray from my work at the Natick Labs. He was always smiling and was in a good mood. He will be missed.
Dee Dench

I was a member of Ray's Team but did not work work with his group. Ray however treated me with the same respect and honesty as if I were a member of his working group. I considered him a true friend and will miss the conversations we used to have. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Maxwell Meyers

My sincere condolences to the entire extended Valvano family. Ray touched a lot of folks over the years with his uncommon goodness, unpretentious manner, and his big heart. He will be remembered as a consummate professional dedicated to his craft and, more importantly, for his generosity, his engaging smile and sprit, and his friendship. I had the distinct pleasure to know Ray as a colleague and friend.. a true gentleman always.. May you rest in peace.
Joe Zanchi

Thoughtful, giving, sincere, articulate, optimistic, honest, caring, witty, supportive, cheerful, dedicated... Ray was a true gentleman and an inspiration. He never forgot a holiday and birthday. Thank you for being a special friend and colleague for over 20 years. I'll always remember you. May your memory be for a blessing.
Lauri Kline

I knew and worked with Ray for many years when I was at Natick and before. He was a very unique and loveable man with a passion for his work. I learned much from him over the years. Ray was a very dedicated professional, but he also had a wonderful sense of humor that brought many smiles to those around him. He will be missed.
Stephen Moody

To the Valvano Family. You have my Deepest Sympathy for the passing of Ray. I worked with Ray for 20 years at Natick. He and I were football rivals anytime the Broncos played the Steelers. Ray was fine person all the way around. He will be truely missed. May he Rest in Peace. Melvin Williams.
Melvin Williams

My deepest sympathy to the family. Ray was a one of a kind gentleman, dedicated to work and his friends. I enjoyed many laughs and stories with Ray over the past years that I worked with him here at Natick.
Christine Arcidiacono

Our deepest condolences on the loss of Ray. May you find the strength you need to cope with this tragic loss. God bless Ray and your family. Ray: your smile will be in peace
Don & Anne Sowerbutts, co-workers

How I will miss your smiling face and kind ways. You were a true friend and confidant. I am a better person for having known you. May God bless you and give you lasting peace. May he hold you in the palm of his hands forever.
Elizabeth Painter, friend and colleague from work

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