Raymond Paul Richard passed away on January 30th, 2023 in Ocala, FL.
Raymond was born in Detroit Michigan to Raymond Meyer Richard and Pauline Estelle Richard (Stewart) on May 17th, 1957. He went to high school at Crestwood High School. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville and a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon in Urban Planning. He worked as a Traffic Engineer for Wilbur Smith & Associates and URS for 30 years. Raymond was a life member of ARRL and was active in the amateur radio community since he was 14 years old. He was a member of the Orlando Amateur Radio Club. Ray also served as a past Membership Chairman and was the current Advance Ticket Chairman for the Annual Hamcation. He was also a member of the Bahia Shrine Radio Unit. In 2017 Raymond was awarded the “Jumping In” award. In 2019 he was awarded the KB4UT Wayne Nelson Amateur of the Year award for his service and dedication to the OARC. Rest in peace W4RPR. Forever silent!
Raymond’s other passion was traveling in his Airstream travel trailer. He and Cynthia were life members of the Airstream Club formerly known as the Wally Byam Caravan Club. He served his local unit as President and was the Region One President from 2012-2013. He enjoyed cruising and was a 100 Day Medallion holder with Holland America.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Cynthia. Raymond is predeceased by Grandparents James and Pearl Stewart, Raymond and Gertrude Richard, parents Raymond Meyer Richard and Pauline Estelle Richard (Stewart), siblings Paula Rae Richard and Stephen Richard.
The funeral service will be held at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Friday February 3rd. The visitation will be from 10:00am to 11:00am with the service immediately following. Officiating the service will be Past John Outlaw and Pastor Patrick Weaver. Lunch will be served following the service. There will not be a graveside service as Raymond wished to be with his family in the family plot at Roselawn Cemetery in Michigan.
Raymond fought a long and hard battle for six months and now he is at peace. Ray will be sorely missed!