Troy-Raymond P. “Ray” DeMarasse, 67, formerly of Brunswick and more recently Troy and Cohoes, died peacefully, Monday, June 29, 2020, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy following a short illness with his devoted wife and daughters by his side.
Born in Elmhurst (Queens County), NY, on January 26, 1953, Ray was the son of the late John and Julia (Pruzynski) DeMarasse and for over 38 years the husband of Dorothea “Dorie” (Russo) DeMarasse of Cohoes.
Ray was a graduate of Newtown High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science while attending the State University of New York – College at Oneonta.
Dorie and Ray were married on December 6, 1981. They lived in Floral Park, NY, with their daughters and relocated to Brunswick for a slower paced life than downstate and a nice place to raise a family.
Ray used to say he loved his job, and he truly enjoyed working as an electronics technician at the Wells Communication Company in North Greenbush, where he enjoyed and made many friends with customers and coworkers alike. After more than 20 years of service, he retired in 2011 only to aspire to a higher calling in life as the babysitter for his beloved grandchildren, whom he loved with all of his heart.
In addition to his wife, Dorie, Ray is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jaclyn and Frank Ferrucci of Niskayuna and Michelle and Jason Protano of Tampa, Florida, a brother, Evan DeMarasse of Maspeth, NY, a sister, Valerie DeMarasse of Accord, three grandchildren, Dominic Ferrucci and Peyton Ferrucci, both of Niskayuna, and Vincent Protano of Tampa, FL, a niece, Tricia Anderson, a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, and many other nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by a sister, the late Regina DeMarasse.
Out of an abundance of both love and concern for everyone’s health and safety and with respect to the current NYS COVID-19 regulations, Raymond’s family will gather on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Pavillion at Avon Crest Park in Niskayuna from 4:00-7:00 p.m. to visit with relatives and friends to “Celebrate Ray” in an outdoor setting, where proper social distancing may be observed. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Brunswick Center Services-The ARC of Rensselaer County, P.O. Box 7, (4015 NY-2) Cropseyville, NY 12052 in memory of Raymond P. DeMarasse.
Funeral service details are under the direction of the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown.