Raymond Gerard Weisgerber 92, passed away on Friday May 27, 2022 at New Hanover Regional Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Raymond was born on July 31, 1929 in New York City to Andrew and Agnes (Hack) Weisgerber.
He is survived by his loving wife Gloria (Salvatore) Weisgerber whom he married on the 25th of September 1955. During the sixty-seven years of marriage the couple was blessed with a large loving family; son Bruce (Lenora) and daughters Debra Docekal (Paul), Karen Shackel (Jay), and Elaine Andrews (John). Raymond cherished his seven grandchildren Danielle Weisgerber, Kerri Anne McNamara (Matthew), Michael Weisgerber, Erica Delgado (Mario), John Raymond Andrews, Gregory Docekal and Emily Andrews. He was additionally blessed with five great-grandchildren Madison McNamara (7), Annabelle McNamara (5), Nash Delgado (4), Charlotte McNamara (1), and Cruz Delgado (8 months). Raymond is also survived by his loving brother Frank Weisgerber (Eileen). He was proceeded in death by his siblings Margaret, Julia, Andrew, James, John, and Mary Anne. Raymond also has numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Raymond grew up in New York City during the Great Depression. He often noted to family that there was nothing “great” about it. However, the challenges and hardships he faced and overcame as a young man formed in him, a life-long and purposeful dedication to the success, prosperity and well-being of his family. This was accomplished by an Associate Degree from the National Institute of Credit in 1959 which progressed into a successful career as a financial executive and eventually Executive Vice President at Burlington Industries. Building on his career experience, Raymond returned to further his formal education earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Adelphi University in 1985 at the young age of 56.
Raymond always sought to provide for his family. It was at the Weisgerber home in Great Neck, New York and summer house in Candlewood Lake, Connecticut that numerous and memorable celebrations of the Weisgerber and Salvatore families took place.
Reflecting his love and devotion to his family, Raymond took on the herculean task of documenting the family genealogy well prior to the ease of internet-based research. Raymond researched the immigrant chronicles of Ellis Island, The New York Library and countless other undiscovered sources of family information. Untold hours of investigation, travel and family interviews culminated in yet another treasured and timeless gift from Raymond to his family. Although technically legally blind in his later years, Raymond never lost sight of the one thing he truly cherished. Until his very last day, he oversaw a family whom he loved intensely and of whom he was immensely proud to be called Father.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the North Carolina Library for the Blind, at Friends of the NCLBPH, 1841 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27635; New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, at 2222 South College Rd, Wilmington NC 28403 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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