Raymond A. Gomez of Harwich Port, died May 1st, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Mary, his son Stephen Gomez (Shannon Holt), daughter Ellen Bogdan (Andrew Bogdan), sisters Maryann Campagna (Gary Campagna) and Diane Ferguson, grandsons Christopher and Matthew Bogdan, and many nieces, nephews and their spouses.
Ray was born June 29th, 1930 in New York City to Lillian and Raymond Gomez. He and his sisters were raised in the Bronx and Ray attended Mount St. Michael High School in the Bronx. He then attended Fordham University, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Marketing.
Ray and Mary were married January 3rd, 1953 in New York City—two short months later he was drafted into the Army, starting basic training at Fort Knox. He served in the Korean War from 1953-1954 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal in September 1954.
Following his military service Ray began a thirty-year career working for Macy’s in a variety of management positions. While still living in the Bronx, he worked at both the famed Macy’s Herald Square as well as a store in White Plains, New York. In 1965 an opportunity was offered to help open a new Macy’s in Colonie, New York, so Ray and Mary moved their young family to upstate New York.
While in Colonie the family became active members of Our Lady of Mercy parish and Ray helped coach youth sports teams. While living in Colonie Ray developed his lifelong passion for golf and bowling.
Ray retired from Macy’s in 1985 and he and Mary moved to Brewster on Cape Cod the same year. He became an active member of the community serving as treasurer for three successful selectman campaigns and as a regular participant at Brewster Town meetings. Ray and Mary were regular members of Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church.
He joined the Captains Golf Course upon its opening and also joined the Cape Cod Men’s Golf Association where he became an active member serving as Membership Secretary as well as Wednesday Play Chairman. Ray greatly enjoyed organizing matches and playing rounds with CCMGA members. Ray also was an active member of the Brewster Men’s Club and regularly attended and helped organize their monthly lunch programs and holiday events.
A funeral Mass will be held Friday May 11th, 10:30am at Holy Trinity Church in Harwich, followed immediately by a commitment of his ashes at the cemetery at the church. On Saturday May 12th, from 2-4pm, a celebration of Ray’s life will be held at the Melrose Condominiums in Harwich Port. All Ray’s friends and relatives are invited to attend both events.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of the Cape St Vincent DePaul food pantry program, 486 Stony Brook Road, Brewster MA 02631.