2014-10-23 / Obituaries

Raymond E. Coons

Born Nov. 4, 1928, Raymond E. Coons passed into eternal patrol on Oct. 3, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois and his eldest son Richard Coons. He is survived by a daughter, Susan Begley (Jim Begley) of Melbourne Fla.; a son, Steven Coons (Tina Coons) of Red Hook, N.Y.; a daughterin law, Jane Coons of Coventry; seven grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Ray joined the Navy soon after high school and quickly moved through the ranks becoming a Navy instructor. Ray was approached to consider nuclear submarine duty, which began his love for the sea, his shipmates and his country. During his Navy career, Ray qualified for submarines in 1962 and served on both the USS Scorpion and USS Haddo. He received several commendations, including the United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

After retiring from the Navy, Ray settled his family in Jamestown and worked as a nuclear reactor operator until retiring in 1988 when he and Lois moved to Florida. Family was always important to Ray, not only through the loving memories of his family but also through his involvement in the community. He was a Little League coach in Jamestown, the head of the youth bowling league in South Kingston, and served with Lois as senior advisers of the youth fellowship at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. In addition, Ray was actively involved while living in Jamestown. He served as commissioner of wrecks and shipwrecked, was a motion picture operator at the local theater, and served on the town zoning board.

During his life in Florida, Ray dedicated his services as an active member of the Snug Harbor Submarine Vets.

Ray was a loving, dedicated husband and father devoted to his family and friends. He was a patient and caring friend to many and will always be remembered for taking the time to really listen and talk with those around him. He was a man of integrity and generosity with a strong and quiet faith in the lord Jesus Christ. He enjoyed traditional country music and crime novels, and loved bowling, golfing and fishing, all of which he actively shared with his family.

A celebration of life was held on Oct. 17 in Melbourne, Fla. Raymond will be buried in the family resting place in Jamestown’s Cedar Cemetery alongside his wife and in-laws, Walter and Mildred Thierfelder. A memorial service at St. Matthew’s will be held prior to the burial on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation or Snug Harbor USSVI Scholarship Fund. Information will be available at the service.

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