James M. Ray

May 31, 2019

James M. Ray

James M. Ray – of Woburn, peacefully, Friday, May 31st, at the age of fifty-six. Beloved husband of Caren L. (Lawson) Ray. Adored son of the late William and Virginia (Delaney) Ray. Cherished father of Leah Ray of Boston and Kady Ray of Stoneham. Loving brother of Virginia Carrigan, her husband Dan of NV, Sandra Anderson, her late husband James of FL, William R. Ray Jr. of Woburn, Marcia Nunnelley, her husband Ed of Woburn and the late Susan Milley. Dear son-in-law of John Lawson, his wife Sandra of AZ and brother-in-law of Cynthia Lawson of Woburn and John Lawson, his wife Danielle of Derry, NH. He is also survived by his beloved cats, Chi-Chi and Trixie as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral  will be held, Thursday, June 6th at 8:30 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday evening 4-8 p.m.  Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Jim’s memory to the Odd Cat Sanctuary, PO Box 405, Salem, MA 01970.

James M. Ray – of Woburn, died peacefully, Friday, May 31st, at the age of fifty-six, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Caren L. (Lawson) Ray, with whom he shared 22 wonderful years.

Born in Woburn, Jim was a son of the late William and Virginia (Delaney) Ray. He was raised and educated from Woburn, graduating from Woburn High School. While in High School, Jim was a member of the track team and kept up with running throughout his life.

For many years Jim worked as a computer tech, most notably for Harvard and then MIT.

Jim’s greatest love was his family. He enjoyed nothing more then spending time with them, whether at home or visits to the beach. He was an avid fisherman and wherever there was a body of water, Jim could be found with his fishing rod. Being outdoors was his favorite place to be, especially during the hot summer days so he could “work on his tan”. He was also a proud New England sports fan and a music lover, especially of Van Halen and Sammy Hagar, and never missed a concert!

Jim was a member of the Woburn Moose Lodge and also played on numerous softball leagues. He loved staying active and being around friends and family and had a great love for animals! He will be greatly missed and never forgotten!

Along with his wife Caren, Jim was the cherished father of Leah Ray of Boston and Kady Ray of Stoneham. Loving brother of Virginia Carrigan, her husband Dan of NV, Sandra Anderson, her late husband James of FL, William R. Ray Jr. of Woburn, Marcia Nunnelley, her husband Ed of Woburn and the late Susan Milley. Dear son-in-law of John Lawson, his wife Sandra of AZ and brother-in-law of Cynthia Lawson of Woburn and John Lawson, his wife Danielle of Derry, NH.

He is also survived by his beloved cats, Chi-Chi and Trixie as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

His funeral will take place on Thursday, June 6th at 8:30 a.m., at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn with his Funeral Mass to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Jim’s name to the Odd Cat Sanctuary PO Box 405, Salem, MA 01970.

 

His funeral will take place on Thursday, June 6th at 8:30 a.m., at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn with his Funeral Mass to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Jim’s name to the Odd Cat Sanctuary PO Box 405, Salem, MA 01970.

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  1. Debbie Mcgondel

    Kady and Leah, Brian & I are so sorry for your loss.
    Your Dad will be sadly missed by many.

  2. Michelle and Paul Zanowski

    Our hearts go out to you during this time of sorrow. May your fond memories bring you comfort during this time

  3. Dave and Carolann George

    Jimmy you are now with the angels. Fly high our friend. Until we meet again xoxo💔

  4. Gerry and Maureen Fregeolle

    Ginger, Danny and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Please know we have him, and all of your family, in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Gerry and Maureen Fregeolle
    York, Maine

  5. Rachael Chamberlain

    I’m so very sorry for your loss Kady. I will keep you and your family my prayers.

  6. There’s not enough space for all the memories that I have of my friend Jimmy Ray. Growing up with him in Woburn we were best friends. My best memories include all the friends we both hung out with when we were kids, the Rock, way too much fishing, camping with family, hockey on Liberty Ave., football out back, whiffle ball, baseball and basketball at Shamrock School. we both (all) liked sports. When we had free time, it was “go play until it gets dark” and Jimmy and I were usually the last ones in. Schraffs Candy Factory was always the best fishing with Ted at (whenever those stripers were running) He/we loved Cape Cod, climbing the rock behind Joanie O’Donald’s house and pretending we were commandoes, ice fishing (not me so much, but he got me to go) Cross Country, the Black Scorpions, prom, I was there when he asked Paula out, his wedding, having one of his daughters in my first class (wish it was both) best man at my wedding in Baton Rouge. I went to the Moose more than a few times. He came to Baton Rouge for Mardi Gras and broke a tooth 5 minutes into the first parade, got very sick the next day, and never visited me again! My fondest memory would be in 1970 when we were both 8 years old. We both loved the Bruins and they were playing the Blues in the Stanley Cup, game 4 I think. Everyone remembers Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring the game-winning goal to win that cup, right? well, about ten minutes before he does that, Jimmy knocks on my door, declares the game “boring” and asks me if I want to go fishing down the pond. Of course I went! I always wanted to hang out with my buddy. I’ve missed Jimmy for a long time now and miss him even more as I write this. I love ya Jimmy, rest in peace buddy.

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Tracy and Hal Friberg

    Our deepest sympathies to Caren and the entire Ray family. Jim is a great soul who will live on in all our hearts. Godspeed Jim, rest in eternal peace.

  9. Fred and Rosanne Rice

    So sorry to hear this. Jim was an awesome guy. Our thoughts are with the entire Ray family at this time.

  10. Mary DiCeglie

    Caren,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time.

    With deepest Sympathy,
    Mary DiCeglie

  11. Ashley Bergeron-Camacho

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Ray Family during this time! Jim was such a wonderful person.
    Ashley Bergeron-Camacho

  12. Kelly DeBernardo

    Love you always Uncle Jim..you were the best uncle and godfather ever..we will truly miss you and already do..we know you will always be with us..xoxo Kelly, Tony, Nathan, Anthony, Gianna, and Ella..

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