Ray P. David, Jr.
Ray P. David Jr., 74 of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Rockland, MA, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 20, 2020. Born and raised in Weymouth, MA, Ray enlisted in the Navy after High School, proudly serving 4 years on the USS Forrestal.
After the Navy, Ray would meet and soon marry his soul mate, Virginia (Alden) David. They eventually settled in Rockland, MA raising 6 children. He worked for NYNEX retiring after 25 years and following up with various odd jobs. In his younger years, he was the owner of Memories, Moods and Music and was a DJ extraordinaire for many years. His outgoing personality and flair for the dramatic made it more fun for him than a job. He was the maestro of many weddings, reunions, birthday celebrations and anniversaries among his many gigs.
Ray was always active in his children’s lives never missing a practice or game. He was the first to volunteer as a chaperone or to come in as a show & tell guest or career speaker. He was beyond proud of his children and equally as proud of his grandchildren, never missing a t-ball or little league game.
Ray enjoyed many summers vacationing at Lakeside Pines Campground in Bridgton, ME. He was a kid at heart and enjoyed taking his boat out on Long Lake giving tube rides and pulling all the kids at camp on knee boards and skis. He loved playing horseshoes at the beach, holy board tournaments and darts in the recreational hall. Many nights were spent relaxing on the deck or by the fire.
Retirement would lead him to Florida, settling in Cape Coral then Fort Myers. Ray stayed active whether it was calling bingo numbers, playing a round of golf, playing poker with friends or browsing the thrift shops with his wife Jenny. He was active on the homeowners association board of his community and loved helping out. He enjoyed spending time at the Moose Lodge, playing in the dart league, bartending or just hanging out with friends. He organized many bingo fundraisers with his drag queen friends, Tim and Billy aka Bootsey Cloverdale and Lady Licious at the Lodge.
Ray was full of life and made friends everywhere he went, a social butterfly. He had a story for everything and wanted to be part of everything. He was gentle, kind and giving. If you needed his last dollar he would give it to you.
He was active in the Veteran’s community and would attend funerals of veterans that had no family. That’s the kind of guy he was. The last few months of his life he took loving care of his wife Jenny of 45 years, who sadly passed on October 28, 2020 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.
Ray will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and friends that he considered family.
Ray is survived by daughter, Kristin Perfetuo and husband Scott; son, Keith David and wife Caroline; stepdaughter, Corrinna Brennan and husband Michael; stepdaughter, Pam-Ella Furlong and husband James; stepson, Joseph White, grandson, Scott Reardon; grandson, Keith David Jr; granddaughter, Julia David; as well as several sisters and brothers, and many cousins.
He is preceded by his wife of 45 years Jenny David; mother, Anna David; father, Ray David; brother, Kevin David; sister, Lynda Powers; as well as stepson, Christopher White. He will be deeply missed by all.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Massachusetts.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in Ray’s name to Hearts and Homes for Veterans, 2230 Alicia Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901 / https://www.hhveterans.com/donate
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.