Raymond Joseph Viscovich

October 30, 1946 - July 30, 2017
Raymond Joseph Viscovich

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It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Raymond Joseph Viscovich, 70, of Leland, NC, passed away on the morning of July 30, 2017. He passed unexpectedly of a massive heart attack at home in bed. Ray was a beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in law, and friend.

Raymond was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York on October 30, 1946 and is preceded in death by his mother, Jean Viscovich (nee Saitta), and his father, Nicholas Viscovich. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his son, Christopher of Huntsville, AL; and his daughter, Melissa of Medford, MA; as well as his daughter-in-laws, Doreen Grannis- Viscovich and Aimee Mills-Viscovich; and his grandchildren, Ava and Lexington. He is also survived by his brother, Ron of New York, NY; his sister-in-law, Hisako and sister-in-law, Nancy Costello.

Raymond served as a corporal in the Marine Corps from April, 1964 to April, 1967, and saw combat in Vietnam. When he returned to Brooklyn following his service, he married Kathleen Viscovich (nee Costello) in 1969 and joined Local 147, the “Sandhogs,” building underground water tunnels, until his retirement in 1998. In 1977, the family moved from Brooklyn to Westbury, Long Island, New York.

After retirement, Raymond became an avid golfer, moving to a golf community in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2013. He also enjoyed gardening, and became a member of the Rose Society with his wife.

The family will hold a visitation on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be at the same location, on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:00 am. Burial will be at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery (near Camp Lejeune, where Raymond completed his military training), at 100 Montford Landing Road, Jacksonville, NC at 12:00 pm sharp.

The family is also planning to hold a memorial service at Eisenhower Park on Long Island, near the Vietnam War Memorial where Raymond’s name is inscribed, in the fall. Details will be announced at a later date

Ray will be dearly missed by family, friends, and all who knew him.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


Thursday, August 3, 2017
9:00 AM

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1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403


Wednesday, August 2, 2017
5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • August 02, 2017
    Jeanie (Maguire) Melvin says:
    Ray- your smile and laughter always lit up the room. Feel blessed to have known you and your family my whole life. You will be missed. Sending prayers to Kathy, Christopher, Melissa and your extended family. Xoxo

  • August 03, 2017
    Nancy Egan-Tricomi says:
    Dear Melissa and family, so sorry to hear about your Dad, thinking of you and your family,

  • August 05, 2017
    Bob Schneider says:
    Condolences to Ray's family from a friend who met Ray at his frequent visits to the MG Rec Center. I don't recall knowing anyone with a greater welcoming smile!

  • August 06, 2017
    Julie Cetta Hazelton says:
    I lived on 96th in Bay Ridge and have many memories of you, your brother, Ron, Tommy Brill, Phil Harris and Bob Maine hanging out by Beckman's candy store. RIP, old friend.

  • August 12, 2017
    Pat Cioffi says:
    Our family shares in the tremendous grief the Viscovich family is going through. We all love Ray and will always remember his great friendship and sense of humor. We could not have asked for a better friend and neighbor.