Raymond Gelormini

Raymond Gelormini

Thursday, April 9th, 2020
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On April 9th, Raymond J. Gelormini passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at home with his loving family.
Ray was born to Raimondo and Aida (Chicarello) on July 20, 1933.
He was the loving husband of Arlene (Wilson) for 48 years and the beloved father of Kyle (and wife Kara) of Medfield, Corey (and wife Pam) of Southborough, and Craig (and wife Lisa) of N. Reading. He was the proud Grampy and Binky to his “Fab 7” grandchildren, Anna, Jason, Eric, Jack, Luke, Ellie, and AJ. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Mary Ann (Ron) Uberti. He leaves his brothers William (Mary Ann) of Burlington and Joseph (Josephine) of FL, sister-in-law Susan (Lou) Magnarella of FL, and many nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Somerville HS he joined the Army and was a Corporal in the 5th Infantry Division and served in Germany. Upon graduating from NE School of Art, Ray was employed at Pray’s Furniture Store. He designed furniture showrooms for numerous stores, including J’Homestock where he hired his future wife, Arlene. Puritan, Summerfields, O’Coins, and Marty’s were just a few where he was known for his “little hammer.”
Ray enjoyed being with his loving family, watching the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, and coaching Little League and Youth Basketball in Bedford. Some of his fondest memories were trips to Italy, Cape Cod, NH, and Good Harbor Beach.
A “Celebration of Life” will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VNA Hospice & Palliative Care 199 Rosewood Drive Suite 180 Danvers MA.
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Sid Sridharan

Posted at 08:27am
Arlene, Corey and Craig and family: I had the privilege of knowing and interacting with Ray (and Arlene of course) over many years though we had not seen each other for many years recently. I shall always remember his ready smile and pleasant ability to include people in conversation; as well as discussing his work with him.
.....Sid Sridharan

Patricia Carroll

Posted at 07:27pm
Arlene,Kyle,Corey,Craig and the rest of the Gelormini family my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Ray. May the angels lead him into his heavenly place where he will be forever watching over all of you and be beside you and in your hearts forever. It may be goodby for now but not forever. You all will be reunited
Someday and he will be waiting to welcome you home.

Kyle Gelormini

Posted at 09:32am
I don’t know where to begin, I don’t know how to find the words, this all seems so surreal. The kind, loving, supportive, proud man who was always there for me is gone. Dad, you were always there; not flashy, not loud – private, quiet, and always there, confident in me, there for me. It has certainly not sunk in yet, but I can’t imagine a world with you not in it.

I’ll always have my memories – some of my favorites include simple things like lying in the grass and looking at the clouds together at Newfound Lake, walking along the beach at Cape Cod, and, of course, the countless hours we spent playing catch in the yard at home. Everything happened so quickly in these last few weeks, and it’s very easy to ask why and say it’s not fair, but I am also trying to look at the positives. For example, one of those memories is of me as a young boy almost forty years ago finding out that my Dad had just had a heart attack. How different my life, all our lives, would have been if you had not recovered from that. Not only did you get to see me grow up, but you were able to spend many years with my own children. Not only will I have cherished memories of you with them, but I will also be reminded of you in them – every amazing artwork that Anna creates will remind me of your artistic talent, every time I watch Jason play baseball or basketball I’ll be reminded of your athletic ability and competitiveness, and, well, I don’t see too much of you in Eric, but I’ll always remember your joy and laughter watching him perform in his play just one month before your death, when no one knew what the next few weeks would hold for all of us. I am also so happy that you were able to spend so many years getting to know the woman who I have chosen to spend my life with. I’ll always remember you and Kara laughing together, and the way that she could get you to agree to things the rest of us couldn’t (85-year-old taking a gator tour in the Everglades? Why not?).

Again, trying to focus on the positives - as horrible as the last few weeks were, I think that the shared tears and sorrow have bound Mom, Corey, Craig, and me together even tighter. The sadness at the end was an indication of how much love we all had for you, and you for us. The outpouring of love, support, and generosity for Mom is a tribute to both of you.

I love you, Dad. Thank you.


Corey Gelormini

Posted at 08:07am
Dad you always said that "If, if was a horse we would all be going for a ride!" Well "If, if was you dad, you've provided quite a ride for everyone that has passed through your life these past 86 years." Mom and you provided the rock solid foundation of our amazing and loving family over 48 years ago. I was lucky enough to have you as my father for the last 43 years. Pam was lucky to have you as a loving father-in-law for the last 8.5 years and Jack and Luke were lucky to have you as a Grampy/Binky for the last 7 and 4 years, respectively.

I was so fortunate to always be greeted by your friends as saying I was a "Mini-Ray". I can't think of a higher compliment in life. I can only hope to be the father to my kids that you were to me, Kyle and Craig. You were supportive since day one, you were caring and loving, and I can't remember you or mom missing any of my games growing up (or even after college). How lucky was I to have you as my coach during a lot of those games? Your patience and quiet confidence, which was respected by all, is something I strive to carry on as I try to carry on your legacy and the Gelormini name. They are big shoes to fill, but I will do my best.

There are too many great memories to go through, but I'll especially cherish all of the family gatherings, family vacations to NH and Cape Cod, all of the time you spent in the yard playing catch with me, playing 21, teaching me more than I will ever want to know about yard work and shoveling (do I really need to get all the way down to the pavement?). I'll miss our annual tradition of filling out the March Madness brackets and calling each other after every buzzer beater. I'll miss the Tuesdays and Friday's where I'd come home from work to you and mom playing with Jack and Luke. They were so lucky to be able to spend so much time with their grandparents and they loved you so much. They sure will miss you and all the fun that they had with you, but they will never forget you.

While the ride lasted 86 memorable years, it feels like it should have lasted several more. The last month was so sudden and abrupt, but even more complicated with the stupid Coronavirus going on. I've never been so scared for you. I've never felt more helpless. You were all alone in the hospital, we couldn't visit you (or even visit mom to give her comfort). We could only talk on the phone if you were up for it or occasionally see you via Facetime on one of your nurses phones. As the news became more bleak, you proved one more time how much love you had for your family. You fought through everything and were able to get back to your house and be with mom. I'm so grateful that we were all able to see you over these last few days and I was able to give you one last hug and kiss. I'm thankful that you were not in any pain over the last few days and had mom by your side 24/7. While not great, this situation could have been a lot worse.

Before closing I just want to say a thank you to Pam, to my brothers, their families, and a very special thank you to my mom. We all couldn't have made it through these last few weeks without everyone's love, support and sacrifice (two kids at home, while both parents are trying to work, and then adding all of this to the equation could have spelled disaster). So thank you all, I love you all. Mom, I don't know what to say, you were a rock through all of this. I know it wasn't easy. I have no doubt that your love for dad and your continued optimism are the reasons dad was able to get home to be with you and all of us at the end. You are an amazing woman, daughter, wife, mom, mother-in-law, and Grammy/meme. I'm so proud to call you my mom. I love you.

Dad, it's only been a day since you've passed but it already feels like an eternity. It still doesn't feel real and I don't know if it ever will. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done for me and our family over the years. I am truly blessed to be able to call you "Dad". I miss you and will love you always!

Craig Gelormini

Posted at 09:00pm
I love you Dad. I miss you already. A day after singing “Happy Birthday” (via FaceTime) to AJ for his first birthday on March 21st, Dad checked into the hospital and before long was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the COVID-19 situation, none of us, including Mom, could be with him and he went downhill pretty quickly. Thanks to the skilled doctors and team at Newton-Wellesley hospital, they were able to perform a procedure that allowed Dad to go home to Mom last Friday. Kyle, Corey, me, and our families were able to visit and spend some final time with him over this past week until he died last night. As heartbroken as we are, we've tried our best to see through the tears and focus on the happy memories and good fortune he and we have all shared through the years. He lived a good, long, and happy life and I have so much pride in being his and Mom's son. Anyone who knew him knows he was a soft-spoken, kind-hearted man who always had his family at the forefront of his mind and actions. He lived for Mom, us kids, and our families to all be together and we were so lucky to get to be so often. He loved Mom, his "Belle of the Ball," with all of his heart and always made us boys promise to take care of her when he was gone. While we never wanted to believe that the day would come, he can rest easy knowing that he raised Kyle, Corey, and I to be up to the task. He and Lis have always been able to make each other laugh and the way that Ellie would look at her Daddy's Daddy will always melt my heart. While he and AJ's time together only lasted a flash, it burned bright. Binky's little buddy always put a smile on Dad's face. And Dad could always put one on mine. And he will continue to. I've got so many great memories of him and more and more keep popping into my mind. Knowing he's a part of me and Ellie and AJ, he'll always be with us and that is where I find comfort. I see him in Ellie's sweet nature and AJs big grin and I'm sure more and more of him will shine through in the months and years ahead. Sure, it's a crappy hand he was dealt here at the end, but considering the alternatives, I'm grateful that we got to say goodbye and that he was only sick for a short time. And at 86, there's not much more we could ask for, and for that we'll celebrate a life well-lived. I know he held a special place in a lot of people's hearts as Dad/Binky/Grampy/Uncle Ray/Ray and many of you held a special place in his. We have felt and continue to feel so much love. Please feel ours as well. Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, support those keeping us safe and healthy during these unreal times and when the time comes, if you're still lucky enough to be able to - go give your Dad a hug for me. Hang Loose Dad, enjoy your Endless Summer. -Craig

Jamie Asbedian Posted at 12:16pm

So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was always present in our lives growing up with a wonderful smile and a vibe of positivity and support. I have thought alot about how that very quiet support impacted me in such a positive way without my really understanding or appreciating it. He was a special person and I feel fortunate to have known him and your family for so long.

Arlene Gelormini Posted at 01:43pm

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, But rather openings in the sky Where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy Eskimo saying In eighteen long days, our world was turned upside down. Ray walked into Newton Wellesley Hospital on March 22nd and was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. Holy Thursday night, April 9th, in a peaceful sleep; we said good bye to my loving husband of almost 49 years. We are so very thankful that Ray was able to come home and have the love of his family surrounding him these last six days of his life. Ray and I were truly blessed with the loving support of Kyle, Corey and Craig along with their loving wives, Kara, Pam and Lisa and our gifts of joy, our precious grandchildren, Anna, Jason, Eric, Jack, Luke, Ellie and AJ. We thank all our wonderful family and friends for their love over the years. Words can not express the sincere kindness that has been shown to me and our family during this difficult time. Your calls, messages, beautiful floral arrangements and “6 foot away hugs” and my overflowing refrigerator and freezer are gifts that you gave me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. In 1981, Ray had a heart attack, six weeks before the birth of our youngest son Craig. Kyle was 8 and Corey was 4. We have been so blessed to have had Ray for 39 more years and we are thankful for the “Golden Memories” that we will always cherish. So many of you have remembered Ray as being a “quiet, kind and caring soul.” I am so proud of the Life we shared together and the beautiful family that we created. Kyle, Corey and Craig are the “Best Sons” a Mom and Dad could have ever dreamed of. I am so very proud of them and their beautiful families that they have created. I loved being Ray’s wife and I love being Mom, Mother-In-Law, Grammy and Me-Me to my precious family. Ray will always have a special place in our hearts and I hope special memories of Ray will put a smile on your faces.

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