Raymond R. Verneris
passed away Thursday, April 23, 2009. He was the husband of Nancy Hague Verneris for 56 years.
Ray's parents were the late Florence Dwyer Keating Verneris and Fred W. Verneris. A brother Francis J. (Frank) Verneris died in 1954 leaving his wife Patricia Bowman Verneris and two daughters, Janet V. Strom and Kathy V. Skaltsas and brother-in-law Gene Lacobelli.
Ray leaves five daughters, who were the loves of his life; Suzanne M. Sharron, and sons Seth and Derek of New Hampshire; Lisa A. Ayers, her husband Ray, and grandchildren, Audrey and Robert Ayers of Hamden; Marcia R. Vaiuso, her husband David and granddaughter Michele of Hamden; twin daughters, Betsy J. Wiley, her husband Carl, and granddaughters Sara, Laura and Hannah of New Hampshire; and Barbara L. Ingari, her husband James of Jamestown and their son Stephen Mitchell, his wife Raven and sons Eric and Matthew of West Haven. The Ingaris also a son Paul Keyes and a daughter Megan Mitchell and her daughter Anaya of Rhode Island.
Ray also leaves many nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Charles Hague and his wife Vilma of Cape Cod; and a sister-in-law, Margery Roy of Amherst, Mass.
Ray grew up in the Centerville area of Hamden and was quite a historian of the times.
Ray was a Hamden High School graduate in 1948. He played hockey there and later for the New Hampshire Bears in the Eastern Hockey League.
He enlisted in the 208th Antiaircraft Group at the start of the Korean War. Upon discharge, he entered Fairfield University in 1953 and graduated in 1957.
In 1970, he received a master's degree from Southern Connecticut State College. He taught at Cheshire High School from 1957-1961 and the New Hampshire Technical College.
In 1961, he started a career in the pharmaceutical industry that lasted 38 years, starting with Pfizer/ Roerig, Wallace Laboratories, medical instruments and ended with GlaxoSmithKline. During his last 10 years he was national accounts manager in trade development.
Verneris was a life-long antique car enthusiast, having mutual car friends both locally and across the country, and was a member of numerous car clubs.
Ray and Nancy became Florida residents and spent many years at their home in Naples and more than 40 summers at their home in Jamestown.
Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus #3605, the Elks #2224, American Legion Post #88, the Alpha Club, the Amity Club, O.I. of Mt. Carmel Holy Name and a volunteer at Meals on Wheels in Naples, Fla.
After retirement, he was a consultant for Americares for several years gathering medical supplies throughout the country for those devastated countries in the world. Ray was a life-long member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, and was baptized there in 1930 (the old church). He was an altar boy from grade school through high school.
The family were also members of St. Mark in Jamestown and St. Anne's in Naples.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Health Care Hospice, 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492.