Raymond J., Sr NOWAK | Celebration of life
NOWAK – Raymond J., Sr. Raymond J. Nowak Sr. This is the story of Raymond J. Nowak, Sr. of Lewiston, NY who passed away peacefully on November 2, 2021 at home. Ray was one of a kind, a most unique individual. He was a talented musician who played and loved all kinds of music (especially blues and reggae). His creativity and artistic abilities were evident in his paintings and the many homemade cards he often created for others. Ray was especially looking forward to spending time with his friends and family. He enjoyed entertaining and found pleasure in his creative and exceptional culinary talents as well as in his knowledge of fine wines that he loved to share with everyone. He loved history and had an ongoing love of learning. Ray always had a “system” for everything and was quite the character. He really enjoyed retired life in Lewiston. He was an endearing, funny, loyal and passionate man who loved life and was loved by those he met. Many of those who knew him have “a Raymond story” which often leads to a memorable laugh! He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, cousin and friend who was loved, who we miss and who will always be cherished. There will never be another like him! Raymond’s story began on March 30, 1940, the eldest child of John & Joséphine (Darlak) Nowak and brother of Lorraine Karpiec (Ted). He was born in Buffalo, NY, where he made lifelong friends in a neighborhood where everyone took care of each other. He was proud to be a choir servant and a member of the church choir as a child. He spent his entire professional life (56 years) in the optical industry from which he finally retired in 2012. The relatives who paved the way for Raymond are his mother and father, his sister Lorraine (Lori), his Stepfather. , Joseph Jarosz, Sr., and many missed family and friends. He will also be very happy to be reunited with his beloved “watch cat”, Baby. Relatives Ray will miss until they reunite are his wife, Linda (Jarosz) Nowak; his son Raymond (RJ) Nowak Jr .; his stepmother, Theresa (Glomb) Jarosz; brother-in-law, Joseph Jarosz, Jr .; sisters-in-law, Genene Crofut (Peter) and Gretchen Hicks (Sean); and his most special cousin Norman Wesley. He is also survived by several beloved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at St. Peter’s RC Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston, NY 14092 at 10 a.m. Please assemble at the church. Arrangements were made through Rhoney Funeral Home, Lewiston, NY. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made on Raymond’s behalf to Lewiston Council on the Arts, Lewiston Fire Co. # 1, or to a charity of your choice. Please visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for the guest register.
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