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By: Melissa Muroff
It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond R. Caffarelli announced his passing on June 4, 2020, at the age of 84. For 17 years, Ray bravely battled Parkinson's disease, during which he demonstrated persistence, courage, compassion and faith even as the disease intensified.
Ray was fiercely committed to preserving and cultivating the family ties of his and future generations. Notwithstanding a busy household schedule, he insisted on family dinners each night and traditional hours-long Italian lunches on Saturdays. His loyalty extended beyond family to country; Ray served honorably in the Air National Guard of Wisconsin for eight years.
Ray was larger than life, charismatic, magnetic, and unforgettable. He loved music, landscaping and carpentry. His willpower was nearly invincible; from his youth, he had a reputation for accomplishing the impossible. During his retirement, he focused on building the capacity and community of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bolingbrook, IL, where he served on the Finance Committee and the Building Committee.
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