Raymond J Bird, 83, died at his daughter’s home in Melbourne, FL surrounded by his family, Monday November 19, 2018, following a lengthy illness. Born in Jersey City, NJ the son of the late John J and Antoinette (Tagliaferri) Bird, he is the husband of Joan F (Tiedemann) for over 61 years.
Ray was a self made man who started his own business, Polaris Enterprises in 1970. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War.
Ray's pride and joy was his family, besides his wife Joan, his children, Raymond and his wife Wendy of Johnston. RI, Rosanne Marshall and her husband Richard of Stow, Joseph and his wife Maryann of Franklin, Thomas of Auburn and David and his wife Andrea of San Diego, CA, his 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, his brothers, Albert and his wife Alice of West Lake Village, CA, Anthony and his wife Joanna of Salisbury, and John Robert (deceased) and his sister-in-law Alice of Manchester, NJ and many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Ray was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph John and John Joseph.
Family and friends will honor and remember Ray's life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney& Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham, on Sunday November 25th from 4 – 8 P.M. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. George's Church, 74 School St., Saxonville, on Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Ray's name to Hospice of Health First. 4055, 1131W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne, FL 32904.