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Raymond August Ermacor
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Raymond August Ermacor, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Ray was born in Utica on April 9, 1930, a son of the late Frank and Rose (Giovinette) Ermacor. He was educated in local schools and a graduate of TR Proctor High School. During the Korean War, he served honorably in the US Navy. On June 16, 1956, Ray was joined in marriage to the former Rachael Tomaino. They have shared over sixty-one loving years together, here in Utica, where they raised their children and grandchildren.

Raymond was a purchasing agent for Special Metals for over forty-two years, retiring in 1994.

A former member of the Sauquoit Valley Fish and Game Club, Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman from whom you could always learn something. His hunting and fishing skills were second to none. Some of his happiest times were spent in the woods; or on Lake Pleasant in Speculator, where a lifetime of happy memories were made at their summer home.

Ray Ermacor was one of nicest guys you could ever meet. Once you met, you would be instant friends. Any subject you were discussing would lead him to say, “you know what? That reminds me of a joke” and he would have you laughing with one of his favorites.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who will be forever missed by his beloved wife, Rachael; his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Ronald Presite; his son, Raymond Ermacor Jr. and his girlfriend, Pilar Lombana; his grandchildren, Christine Singe and her husband, David, Melissa Presite, Rachael Ermacor, Julia and Corinne Ermacor; great-grandchildren, Lucy and Joey Singe; along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Michelle Ermacor, who was always in his heart; and his brother, Frank Ermacor.

His Funeral will be held on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from The Matt Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony and St. Agnes Church, where his Mass of Christian Burial with Military Honors will be offered. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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I first met Ray on a professional basis at Special Metals. It was not very long before I considered him to be a very good friend. He introduced us to his family and to this day we are still good friends, weddings, passing, and all that goes with life. Many many laughs, some tears, and many good friends like Chuck and Jean, Andy, and others at Lake Pleasant. While Ray is gone I just consider the fact that he is on a trip and will see him again in the future. To his family, I hope we will always be the friends we have been. RIP Friend!

Written by Cindy and Dick Wightman
2017-10-10 12:09:32 AM

Dr. Ermacor, My heart goes out to you on the loss of your Dad. Reading his life history, he sounds like someone everyone would love knowing , someone who made the world a more fun and loving place. It is so very difficult to lose our parents yet we know they are in good company with others that have gone before them. Knowing my Mom, Louisa Cox, and how she treasured and trusted you , she probably heard of your Dad's heavenly arrival, greeted him and said what a fine son he had...and that all would be well. Peace be with you, Dr. Ermacor, and all your family and friends.

Written by Nancy Cox Marafioti
2017-10-10 12:35:33 PM

Ray and his wonderful family are one of the great memories of Lake Pleasant. I'm sure he and my Dad, Andy Pelc are happily hunting somewhere together.

Written by Mary Parker (Pelc)
2017-10-10 1:30:52 PM

So very sorry for your loss. Having worked at Special Metals many years ago I remember Ray as a true gentleman. May your memories sustain you as a family.

Written by Carol Ann Fukes-Mahar
2017-10-11 7:57:20 PM

I blessed to meet Ray when my mom bought a camp in Lake Pleasant when I was 9. As I grew from a 9 year old child, to a blessed wife with a wonderful husband and four children he has given me hours and hours of loving advice over coffee or wine, inside or out. Advice as a man, as husband, and most of all as a father. He has been a solid rock and mentor in my life in so many ways for all these years. In addition he has touched and richly blessed EACH member of my family. Joking with Tim as we grew and developed in our marriage. Bonding man to man And than my children, from birth until this summer. My kids have spent hours learning from and listening to, who they call " PaPa Ray or Grandpa Ray "as they grew. The boys have all heard " Hey that reminds me of a story. Have I told you." My daughter knows that PaPa Ray thinks she is a beautiful princess . We will miss him so but his memory and good , loving advice will be in our hearts forever . To his family, our hearts ache with you, we love you and we know for sure, he is waiting up in heaven for us .

Written by Valerie Nolan
2017-10-11 8:16:55 PM

Ray and family...I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Prayers to all!

Written by Diane Shephard
2017-10-12 12:29:26 AM

Ray's funeral will be beginning shortly but we unfortunately can not attend. We will be praying for Ray and all of his family for God's mercy and strength. Love and prayers.

Written by Tim & Colleen Moylan Family
2017-10-12 1:19:27 PM