Obituary of Raymond Allen Carpenter, Jr.
Raymond A. Carpenter, Jr.
Ray was born August 29, 1966 in Belleville, NJ. He passed away September 9, 2021. He had just turned 55.
Ray was raised in the Menlo Park Terrace section of Woodbridge, NJ. He attended grammar school at Saint Cecelia’s and graduated Kennedy High School where he made life -long friends. Ray played soccer and baseball and loved being active in other sports.
Ray absolutely loved being a “Jr” to his Dad, Raymond, Sr. To him, it was a badge of honor. His Dad was “Butch” and Ray was called “Raymo.” An endearment that has stuck to this day.
Ray was all about family and friends. He was a devoted husband who loved me deeply. He was also devoted to his mom, Ellen, and his sister, Donna. Ray was a loyal friend and loved by all. If someone’s worth and character are measured by the company they keep, Ray was a treasure beyond measure.
Ray showed his love by doing things for people. He designed our home from landscaping to lighting, showing it off in the best possible light. He was constantly doing some type of project. He was always busy, but always ready to lend a hand. Whenever you needed help, Ray was your man. He could do anything, build anything or think through any project.
Ray found his destiny on the Jersey Shore. He loved cruising across the Barnegat Bay. It didn’t matter whether he was boating or jet skiing. He loved being out on the water. He also enjoyed the beach, boardwalk and the many restaurants playing live music in the area. We took up biking this Spring and were up at 5AM riding to the inlet and back almost every day. We caught many gorgeous sunrises and stunning sunsets. He loved living in Point Pleasant where our close-knit neighbors were actually our friends.
Ray also loved to travel. We enjoyed weekend trips to Florida, as well as longer trips to Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas and Hawaii. We enjoyed cruising the Caribbean, the Western Mediterranean and French Polynesia. We even made it to London for the Royal Wedding! Ray loved the excitement of exploring new places, but his favorite place was home.
How do I describe him? He was my world. He was an all-around great guy. He was sociable and friendly, but shy; always dependable; industrious and showed huge initiative. He was clever, quick-witted and always fun to be around. He was successful, but very humble. Ray was a numbers whiz. If there was any calculating to do, you could see his wheels spin and out would pop the answer. He was an incredibly smart man, but very low key. Ray was extremely hard working and detail oriented. He was a Vice President with Heller Industrial Parks, having achieved thirty-five years of service.
Ray leaves behind to mourn his passing, but also to celebrate his memory, his wife, Dawn Hamilton Carpenter; his mother, Ellen Carpenter; and his sister, Donna Carpenter. He is also remembered by his father-in-law, Edward Hamilton, Sr.; brothers-in-law, Edward Hamilton, Jr. (Denise) and Robert Hamilton; and numerous family and friends.
The next time you raise your glass in cheer, toast to my beautiful, sweet, handsome man.
Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m., Thursday, September 16 at the Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road. At 11 a.m., Friday, September 17 a Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at the Church of Saint Martha, Point Pleasant, followed by entombment at Saint Joseph Cemetery, Toms River.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the American Heart Association www.heart.org/en/affiliates/new-jersey/new-jersey
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