WOODBURY — Raymond J. Magas, 101, husband of the late Mary (Nemet) Magas, passed away peacefully at River Glen Health Care of Southbury on Monday, July 1, 2019.
Mr. Magas was born in Scranton, Pa., on Dec. 1, 1917, son of the late Michael and Helen (Yeliga) Magas. He was a longtime resident of Naugatuck and retired as supervisor from the footwear division of Uniroyal, Inc. after more than 40 years of service. Ray had also lived in Florida for 22 years and was a member of the Elks Lodge and Strings and Strutters while living there. After returning from Florida, he and his wife moved to Woodbury and was a member of the Elm City Banjo Society. He was a man of many talents and skills. His hobbies were endless but he best enjoyed golf, fishing, crafts and “managing” the Yankees from his living room chair. His passion for playing music since the age of 8 was a constant throughout his entire life. His love for and dedication to his family was unmatched by anything he did in life.
He leaves his son, Richard Magas and his wife, Regina, of Southbury; his daughter, Diane Rykoski and her husband, David, of Middlebury; daughter-in-law, Rita Magas of Durham, N.C.; his sisters, Elaine Tedesco and Jane LeBlanc; brother-in-law, John Alegi; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Magas and Lois Nemet; five treasured grandchildren, Kenneth (Kristan) Magas, Kraig (Amy) Magas, Lisa (Mahmoud) El-Asmar, Sean (Michele) Dunn and Timothy (Jasmine) Rykoski; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews and their children. In addition to his loving wife of 71 years, Ray was predeceased by his son, Kenneth
Magas; grandsons, Keith Magas and Christopher Rykoski; brothers, Elmer, Leo and Michael; sisters, Elizabeth Swiderski and Helena Alegi.
The family would like to sincerely thank everyone at River Glen for the care and attention given to Ray.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church, 32 Golden Hill St., Naugatuck. Family and friends may visit from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.
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