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Raymond J. Vittucci
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Raymond J. Vittucci, 89, of Utica, passed away on March 7, 2006 at St. Luke's Hospital.

He was born in Utica, NY, a son of Matteo and Antoinette "Nettie" Vittucci. He obtained a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and two Master's degrees - one in Science Education from SUNY at Oneonta and one in Audio Visual Education from Syracuse University. He also earned over 300 hours of graduate education from various universities and had a permanent Certificate in Educational Administration.

In 1946, Ray was married to Congetta "Katie" Callari, a union that was to last almost sixty years.

He is survived by his wife, Congetta; a son, Matthew; a daughter, Annette; a son-in-law, Peter Wizes; and a brother, Matteo. He also has two grandchildren, Rachel Alice Payne and Peter Ray Hasemeier. He was predeceased by a daughter, Alice and two brothers, Angelo and Rocco.

Raymond was a veteran of World War II and served in the Battle of the Bulge. He was an Assistant Superintendent of Parks for Utica. He was a master teacher and taught science for twenty-four years. He taught at Herkimer and at John F. Kennedy High School until his retirement in 1982.

After his retirement, Ray began a second "career" as a quintessential community volunteer. He held many offices in his educational association, Phi Delta Kappa, including president and chapter delegate. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Association of Eagle Scouts.

Ray served the Red Cross in seven major disasters including Hurricane Hugo. He did volunteer work for many organizations. He loved Utica's parks and for thirteen years he did volunteer work in Utica's parks as a forester.

He received numerous accolades and awards for his volunteer work. Some of these honors included: Phi Delta Kappa Service Award and Certificate of Recognition, American Red Cross Distinguished Service 1983-89, American Italian Heritage Association for contributing to Italian Americans, Oneida County Office of Aging Senior Citizen of the Year in 1997, Dewitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service, and the John J. William Sinnott Conservation Award from the Utica Zoo. He also received numerous awards and citations from the City of Utica, the NYS Assembly, and the NYS Senate. 5/7/96 was declared Raymond Vittucci Day in Oneida County and 5/13/97 was Raymond Vittucci Day in Utica.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Utica. The family will receive friends and relatives from 11-11:30 and after the Mass.

For those wishing to make donations in Raymond Vittucci's name, please consider Blessed Sacrament Church or the Salvation Army.

Arrangements are with The Matt Funeral Home of Utica, NY.
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Matt and family,Please accept my condolences for the heartbreaking loss of your father.May perpetual light shine upon him.God Bless your family.Love Karen Ricci-Arcuri.

Written by Karen Ricci-Arcuri
2006-03-10 11:18:08 AM

Was saddened to learn of Ray's passing. I remember him from my years (1971-1975)at Kennedy High School. Although, I didn't have him for a teacher, I remember him as being friendly always ready with a joke. Ray & my father (Leo Handler) were friends and colleagues. I know how my father would feel if he knew about Ray. Mark B Handler, Class of 1975, JFK High School

Written by Mark Handler
2006-03-10 2:15:23 AM

Dear Matt/Katie/Annette & Family: Having lost track of Ray's many accomplishments over the years, his memorial brought to light that one should feel that they have somewhat taken for granted what a true priveledge it was to have known such a fine man. Please know he made a very positive improvement in many lives - both those he knew and many he never met. We all share your loss. ~Pitts~

Written by Rich Pittwood
2006-03-12 1:08:40 PM

Matt & Family, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Written by Joanie Miller
2006-03-13 3:50:52 PM

Matt and Family, My condolences on the passing of your father, Ray. He seemed a very gentle and kind man. From what I've just read, he contributed to the city of Utica in many ways & helped to make it a better place. Your PDK CML, Aosta & family

Written by Aosta Edelman
2006-03-18 10:38:57 PM

Matt and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.

Written by Debra Cox
2006-03-18 2:12:44 PM

To the Family of Mr. Vertucci: Mr. Vertucci taught Me in a Summer School class at UFA. I am now 56 years young, and can still remember His dedication to each Student, His knowledge, and the effort He brought forth for Us. He is a Gentleman, and not many like His (high) caliber exist in today's World. God bless Him and His Family.

Written by Joseph Egitto
2006-07-13 12:25:24 PM