Raymond John Paul, 91, of the Hanover Section of Nanticoke, passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at Birchwood Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke, where he resided for four years.
Born in Alden on August 30, 1929, he was the son of the late Peter and Matilda Polnasek. He resided in Alden until he married his sweetheart Jeannie on June 27, 1959. They then resided in the Hanover Section of Nanticoke.
Ray had numerous friends and was always willing to lend a hand to everyone. As a kid, he worked on a milk truck. He was known for jumping into the driver’s seat and driving around the block while the milkman was making his delivery. He worked for many years at Superior Motors in Kingston. He could fix any car and also paint them in a garage down the alley. He once owned the Parkway Inn, was an adjuster for Allstate, worked in the Nanticoke City Building, and lastly was employed at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA. Ray could always be seen at Pelas Candy Store, where he helped his good friend, Jack Pelas, with the Sunday papers and candy making. Ray, Jackie and Pete Gray would sit around and talk inside Pelas Candy Store.
Ray was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post 971.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jean, in 2008; his son Raymond, in 2013; siblings, Danny, Chet and Marcella; aunts, uncles and brothers-in-law.
Ray is survived by his daughter, Lynn Dempsey and her husband, Ed, of Danville; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Paul, of Dorrance; grandchildren, Stephen Dempsey and wife, Amanda; Christopher Dempsey and fiancé, Nahir; Eric and Kevin Dempsey; Vanessa and Alexa Paul; great-grandchildren, Luca and Sawyer; siblings, Edmund, of North Dakota and Alberta, of New Jersey, several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a very special cousin, Bob Bonar who lived up the street from him. Bob was at Ray’s house every day to help him and then visited him daily at Birchwood. Mr. Bonar was Ray’s Guardian angel.
Ray would want to remind everyone to always keep a flashlight in your car and keep a full tank of gas!!
The family wishes to extend their thanks to the entire staff at Birchwood for their compassionate care during his stay.
Due to the current pandemic situation, the family has chosen to have a private funeral service.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke. There will be no calling hours.
Ray was a guest at Birchwood when my husband Larry was there. He had the “best decorated” room and my daughters and I would always stop to say hello to him and admire his decorations. He was a gentleman to everyone. Many great men and women have died (along with my husband) since the pandemic started. But I will always remember them all, including Ray. Please accept our condolences.Denise Evans (10 months ago)
I recently saw, in the paper, of your father's death. My prayers for Uncle Ray, and all of us who love him, during this time of loss, sadness and pain.Rev. Gerald Gurka (10 months ago)
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.Dave & Cathy Kuniega (10 months ago)
Ray was a cousin of mine on his dad's side. my parents and family were close to the Polnasek's in my youth. as my mother was a Polnasek and Pete was her uncle. my family and i send our sympathy regards to Raymond's family. Chester Wrubel- Aldenchester wrubel (10 months ago)