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Raymond Papaleoni
  • January 16, 1941
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  • March 15, 2019

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Obituary

Raymond Richard Papaleoni, 78, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, passed away peacefully at home on March 15, 2019. He was born in Syracuse, NY to the late F.L. “Topsy” and Rose Papaleoni.

An active reservist with the NY Air National Guard, he served with “The Boys From Syracuse” during the 1961 Berlin Crisis.

Mr. Papaleoni received his Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Geneseo and Master’s Degree in Education from Syracuse University. He was an educator with the North Syracuse Central School District for 32 years, retiring in 1996. A Social Studies teacher in his early years, he spent the bulk of his career working with classroom teachers and their students as the audiovisual media coordinator for the North Syracuse and Cicero High Schools.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Papaleoni was predeceased by his son Jeffry and brother Ronald. He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Nancy (Brown) Papaleoni; his son Gregory Papaleoni; his two grandchildren Max and Francesca, brother Robert and family, and many cousins and friends.

Interests included listening to audio books, watching travel, fishing and cooking shows, classic movies and getting together with family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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  1. 10 Apr 2019
    Mary Hanus & John James says:
    Nancy & Family,

    We ache for your loss and pray you all receive comfort and peace in Ray's passing. We believe he is in a better place with God and others.

    We are both forever grateful for Ray's professional influence on each of us, and for yours and his friendships. Oh the stories we have! We still speak of Ray's travels with his friends fishing every year, and continue tol tell others that he sure knew how to plan those trips!

    We say goodbye with sadness, but do celebrate Ray's life!

  2. 29 Mar 2019
    Ellie and Mick Spillett says:
    Dear Nancy, Mick and I just learned of Ray's passing. Words cannot express how sad we are for your loss. Ray was one of the nicest people we have known. There was never a time that he didn't have that beautiful smile and that gentle and kind manner. May it be of some comfort to you that your love and devotion helped give him such a good life, regardless of his physical disabilities. Both of you will always have a place in our hearts and be on our list of true heroes! Sending you hugs and love. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Love, Ellie and Mick Spillett

  3. 29 Mar 2019
    Sandy Walker says:
    Nancy & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Ray's passing. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kim & Sandy (Weaver) Walker

  4. 27 Mar 2019
    Deborah A Ponti posted an image:
    Such a happy group... handsome Ring bearer...
    Such a happy group... handsome Ring bearer...

  5. 27 Mar 2019
    Deborah A Ponti posted an image:
    Raymond and Aunt Rose... same wedding... faces are the same...
    Raymond and Aunt Rose... same wedding... faces are the same...

  6. 27 Mar 2019
    Deborah A Ponti posted an image:
    Raymond and MaryAnne Baratta … Jane and Primo Ponti's wedding 07/20/1946
    Raymond and MaryAnne Baratta … Jane and Primo Ponti's wedding 07/20/1946

  7. 27 Mar 2019
    Deborah A Ponti posted an image:
    Raymond and his Aunt Jennie Palange - 1942 age 20 months.
    Raymond and his Aunt Jennie Palange - 1942 age 20 months.

  8. 27 Mar 2019
    Deborah A Ponti lit a candle:
    Lit since March 27, 2019 at 3:11:05 PM

  9. 27 Mar 2019
    Deborah A Ponti says:
    Nancy, Gregory, the Grandchildren, Robert and his family: It is with a heavy heart that I send love and condolences. Raymond was such a special person; his love of teaching - family - friends - students will be his greatest legacy. There will always be a bond that death can not extinguish from our hearts and minds. Know that even as you mourn the loss he is Home with all the Family Up There... especially Jeffry - Aunt Rose - Uncle Topsy. What a reunion. God bless you all. Heavens Newest Angel RIP.

  10. 26 Mar 2019
    Denise Sinker says:
    So very sad about Uncle Ray’s passing. I always loved visiting with him. He had great stories. He always made you feel welcome and inquired about what was going on in your life. He was genuinely interested in what you had to say. He will be missed by many. My love and prayers go out to You Aunt Nancy and Greg.