Raymond Joseph Zinchini, age 67, of Howard Lake, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, following an extended period of heart disease and related conditions.
He was born Oct. 1, 1946, in Natrona Heights, PA, to Joseph Zinchini and Mary A. Brocious. Ray grew up in Vandergrift, PA, and graduated from Kiski Area High School.
Following high school, in 1963, he began his career in telecommunications with Automatic Electric Company. Later, Ray received an intercompany transfer into General Telephone Electronics out of Erie PA, where he continued to work as a COE installer until his retirement in 1996. Following retirement, Ray contracted with Lambic Telcom out of Florida until 2012.
Raymond was united in marriage to Rosemarie Knapp Nov. 30, 1968, in Pittsburgh, PA. This union was blessed with two sons, Dominic Anthony and Justin Joseph. From 1970 to 2013, they resided in Titusville, PA, followed by a move by Ray and Rosie to Howard Lake.
Ray was an avid Steelers fan his entire life, while in his early years he enjoyed coaching his sons in baseball and continued to coach little league after they had moved on.
For five years, Ray and his family where active in BMX racing, allowing them to spend precious time together in their local community and throughout New York and Canada. The boys where awarded countless trophies, which allowed them to sponsor several races.
Until recently, Ray was active in the BPOE Elks. He enjoyed spending time with his abundance of friends, particularly while “fishing.”
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Margaret and William Crow; uncles William (Anna Martha) Troutner, and Joseph Troutner; and a sister, Kathy.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rosie; sons Dominic (Tiffani) of Dassel, and Justin (Carrissa) of Erie, PA; grandchildren, who brightened his life and gave him purpose, Stella Rose and Henry Keegan; a brother, Vern (Nancy) Brocious of Vandergrift, PA; a sister, Diane; along with other relatives, Jacob and Kelly Brocious, aunt Katherine Troutner, and many cousins, other family members, and friends.
Extended family includes many from Codgers Cove of Howard Lake, who gave Ray the true meaning of friendship.
A memorial service will take place Friday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Arrangements are being handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.