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Raymond Zukaitis
  • October 04, 1950
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  • June 14, 2022

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Raymond Charles Zukaitis, of Estero, FL, passed away peacefully in his home on June 14, 2022. A celebration of life will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, June 25, at the pool at Sunny Grove Park, 3612 Lychee Lane, Estero, FL. Those wishing to sign his guestbook can do so by searching the obituaries at www.baldwincremation.com and entering Zukaitis in the search bar.

Born on October 4, 1950 in Plainfield, NJ to Charles and Hilda Zukaitis, Ray was many things to those who knew and loved him. A mechanic/body man by trade for most of his life, he enjoyed a diverse career in automotive design and restoration, including a stint at DeLorean Motor Company and the design – as Master Craftsman – of the Sorrell Road Car. Always ready with a smile, a quick wit and a heart of gold, he loved being out on the water in his boat, especially with friends and family. But above all, he was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, husband, and true friend.

Ray is survived by his brother Karl Zukaitis; his daughters Vicky Holloway and Tracy Zukaitis; his grandchildren Mathew Davis, Makena Holloway, Sierra Holloway, and Leeann Perez; his great-grandchildren Wesley, Vincent, and Zoey; and his domestic partner Clara Faye Aldridge. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Hilda Zukaitis, and his sister Rosann Gardner.

Ray will be missed by all, but he lives on in the hearts and souls of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.


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  1. Barbara Heber says:
    21 Jun 2022
    Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. A very caring family guy. My heart goes out to Tracy and Vicky

  2. Debbie Stewart says:
    21 Jun 2022
    Mr. Z was a hard working man who loved his girls. He always made me feel like one of his own growing up. I pray peace for you and Tracy, Vic. Love to you all.

  3. Sharon Gardner says:
    20 Jun 2022
    Ray was such a character. He made me laugh and always greeted me with "Hi gorgeous" or "Hi beautiful ". He truly made me feel that way. I will miss his laugh, his smile, and his sense of humor.

  4. Jessica Sykes says:
    20 Jun 2022
    You always treated me like one of your own and I am forever grateful to have known you. You were always ready to fix my ride before my dad noticed it any time I might have bumped into something . I love you and will keep you in my heart until we meet again.

  5. KIM KENNEDY SHELDON says:
    20 Jun 2022
    “A beautiful soul is never forgotten.”
    Rest in Peace Ray

  6. Debbie Sasser says:
    20 Jun 2022
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. I know he love y’all and you will miss him. If you need to talk I’m always in the hill

  7. Mary Zukaitis lit a candle:
    20 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 20, 2022 at 6:17:23 PM

  8. Mary Zukaitis says:
    20 Jun 2022
    Ray was a great father who loved his daughters more than his own life. He was extremely talented. Designing custom cars. He loved restoration of classic cars and could take a crushed up corvett and rebuild it. He had many a corvette owner bring him a bag of parts only to come backto have the car like new. To be absent.from.the body is to be present with the Lord. He will be missed dearly.

  9. Corey Posten says:
    20 Jun 2022
    I wish I’d known you longer, but I treasure the time we did have together. You were an amazing and loving man, and you raised two wonderful daughters. It has been my honor to call you Dad. Pour one out for us up there.

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