Raymond DeFLORVILLE, Age 50. Beloved son of James DeFlorville (deceased) and Eileen Lombardo (Angelo, deceased). Dear brother of James (Nancy), Robert (deceased)(Patricia), Therese, and Michael (Susie). Dear uncle and great uncle. Volleyball and soccer coach to many.
There will be a gathering in Ray’s memory on Sunday, January 9, from 1-5 PM at Ridge Manor Banquet Center, 4630 Ridge Rd. (at Biddulph) Brooklyn.
Arrangements by The Zabor Funeral Home, Parma. To offer online condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com
Messages of Condolence
I originally met Ray in 1978 at the Mercury Theater Midnight movies… We went out a few times, then parted ways. He was always on my mind and in my thoughts and I invited him to my wedding (add confused look on Ray’s face here). We had a laugh about him saying “Should I stand up when they ask if someone objects?” I fell out of touch with him physically but he was never out of my mind. Throughout the years I always wondered what happened to him.
I moved to Parma Hts. and across the hall lived a guy named Ed. Turns out Ed was Ray’s cousin… voila! – a renewed connection. Sadly, shortly after meeting, Ed passed away. I called Ray to extend condolences and we renewed our friendship.. We had evenings of laughter and scrabble, a movie or two and many many arguments about the necessity of watching NASCAR! : )
What Ray loved best beside his collection of memorabilia was his love for volleyball and soccer.. That always brought smiles to his face.
Ray was also a hardhead and stubborn, but we shall forgive him for that..
To the family that I never met but I heard a lot about, I feel your loss, not on the same level of course, but a loss nonetheless. From stories of Mike/brownies, Therese/Olivia, mom/golf. These are memories I will hold for forever.
My sincerest condolences to you all.
Rest in peace, my friend, rest in peace.
I send my condolences and prayers to Ray’s family and friends. I met Ray through volleyball, he oftened refereed my games or was on the opposite court refereeing and we’d be shouting back and forth at one another. Ray had a great sense of humor, was a funny man and just someone fun to talk too. I play soccer myself and I would always joke with Ray about him always wearing his Adidas Samba soccer shoes. In all the years I played, I don’t think he ever wore a different pair of shoes. Ray will be missed, he was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew Ray.
rest in peace Moans, you were always a friend. we spent many nights listening to music and playing cards.lost track of you over the years now we all are at a loss. rest soundly old friend!
Ray refereed our volleyball team for years and coached our daughter in volleyball. We all have great memories of Ray’s smiling face and great humor as he sat high in the referee chair. We will continue to think fondly of you, may your family and friends be a peace.
The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up,
as if orchards were dying high in space.
Each leaf falls as if it were motioning “no.”
And tonight the heavy earth is falling
away from all other stars in the loneliness.
We’re all falling. This hand here is falling.
And look at the other one. It’s in them all.
And yet there is Someone, whose hands
infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.
Rainer Maria Rilke
‘I’m sorry’, just doesn’t seem to summarize how truly sorry I am for your loss. Ray’s love and God’s love will surround you always, forever and everywhere.
My deepest, heartfelt sympathy.