RECON SGT RAYMOND T. DELANO
Recon Sgt Ray Delano with Mike Rhodes; both served under FO Lt Dennis Munden
MSG Ray Delano with Gen Casey at his Retirement
Thomas Delano Jr, 75, of Myrtle Beach, died Sunday, May 24th at Grand Strand
is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret (Coyle); three children, Jackie
Cummins (Tim); Jennifer Manning (Scott); and Raymond (Nicole); grandchildren,
Dan Cummins, Matthew Delano, Timothy Wagner, Dylan Wagner, Max Cummins, Maddie
Cummins, Riley Cummins, Brandon Delano, and Christopher Delano; two
great-grandchildren, Levi Delano and Roman Delano; brother, Gerard Delano (Betty
Ann); sisters, Barbara Johnson (Rex), Loretta Giordano (Frank), Patty Fogarty
(Michael), Maureen Bohannon (Jim Bob), Kathy Delano, Jeanann Quinn (Nathan), and
Vicki Neesmith (Billy); and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was
predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Jean Delano, and his brother, Kevin
in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Raymond was a loyal and dedicated family man. His
children will always remember him as a
get-down-on-the-floor-to-play-with-the-kids parent, who was always the goofiest
kid in the room, quick with one-liners and a joke. He loved taking the kids and
grandkids fishing, to the pool, to play putt-putt golf, or watch cowboy, John
Wayne, and World War II movies.
had an appreciation for country music, particularly artists like George Jones
and Johnny Cash, and could not resist singing along, usually one measure behind.
He loved to play golf, watch golf on television, talk about golf, play golf on
the computer, basically anything to do with golf. He would also play Call of
Duty with his son, grandsons, and veteran friends. His family will miss his
sense of humor, his gentle and playful nature, and his loving heart.
the oldest of 10 children, he took great pride and responsibility in being the
eldest sibling, even leaving high school at the age of 16 to help support the
family. His siblings will fondly remember him as a funny and encouraging big
brother who gave advice when asked, and who loved them very much. He was also a
talented baseball player whose team made the playoffs while his family was
stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He will be mourned by many cousins, nephews,
and nieces, and remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Ray deeply loved his country. A proud
Vietnam Veteran, Ray earned the Bronze Star with a V for valor and retired from
the Army as a Master Sergeant. He was deeply touched to be honored with a Quilt
of Valor by the Myrtle Beach Quilt of Valor Foundation a few months ago.
was married to the love of his life Peggy for almost 53 years. He adored
her. They often took long drives along the Myrtle Beach shore with their dog
Hunter or sat together on the back patio sipping coffee and watching the ducks
play in the pond. True soulmates, he and Peggy were married in Farmingdale, New
York, and then raised their family, traveling to six different states and
overseas duty in Germany. He loved their retirement home in Myrtle Beach with
its mild weather, wonderful neighbors, and year-round grilling. Ray took great
pleasure in serving on the HOA at Walkers Woods and writing community updates
for the local Carolina Forest Chronicle, always wearing his fedora with the word
PRESS stuck into the brim. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved
graveside service is being planned at Arlington National Cemetery, honoring his
wish to be buried among his fellow soldiers.
for Raymond may be made at https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/donate/.