Raymond "Ray" S. Watjus

  • Born: July 29, 1944
  • Died: February 7, 2019
  • Location: Maynard, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother

Raymond "Ray" S. Watjus, age 74, of Maynard, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at his home. He was the loving husband of Norma (Daley) Watjus.

Born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 29, 1944, he was the son of the late Matti and Vieno (Makela) Watjus. Ray was a lifelong Maynard resident. He graduated from Maynard High School, class of 1963. He played on the Maynard High School football team.

Ray met his wife Norma in 1963. They married on June 12, 1965 and settled in Maynard. Ray worked for Specialty Products & Insulation Co. in Auburn as a Salesman, retiring in 2010.

Family was most important to Ray. He was an adoring husband and loved spending time with his daughters Deborah and Pamela. He cherished the time spent with his granddaughters Isabelle, Ella, Georgia and Hadley. Ray was an avid New England Patriots fan. He enjoyed traveling, especially to the Caribbean Islands. Ray also enjoyed golfing, fishing and playing tennis in his younger days.

He is survived by his loving wife Norma Watjus of Maynard; his daughters Deborah and husband Matthew Mellor of Andover; Pamela Votzakis and Fiancé' Tom Prior of Agawam; his grandchildren, Isabelle Mellor, Ella Votzakis, Georgia Mellor and Hadley Votzakis; his brothers, Robert Watjus of Sterling; Gary and wife Francy Watjus of Stow; sister-in-law Donna Watjus of Maynard; Shirley Daley of Stow; brother-in-law Norman Daley and wife Jean Daley of Ayer; and many nieces and nephews. Ray was predeceased by his brother Roy Watjus; sister-in-law Myrna Watjus; and brother-in-laws Lawrence Daley and James Daley.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Ray on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. His memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home.

Gifts in his memory may be made to American Lung Association 1661 Worcester Rd #301, Framingham, MA 01701.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

A real great guy and a friend who will always be remembered as a gentleman.

Posted by John Lent Lent - Clinton, MA - Friend   February 14, 2019

Pam,
Wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May your heart be filled with wonderful memories of all joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived of a man loved so dearly. May your always remember your words and etch them upon your heart- Ray Watjus the original G.O.A.T. Forever in my heart ❤ rest in peace sweet father, patient husband, loving grampy and generous friend.

Posted by Colleen Richardson - Wilbraham, MA   February 13, 2019

Dear Norma, Debbie and Pam,
There are no words to comfort you on the passing of your wonderful husband and father. Ray and Zack were such good friends who always had a weekend project they undertook with enthusiasm, and the occasional beer or two. When we were new neighbors Ray offered to help us move from one house to another, the pull-out couch was not tied down, flipped open and almost took Ray's fingers. That did not deter him from helping put up our first above ground pool, which the next day collapsed and flooded our yard. They decided we needed wood burning stoves which, of course, ment they could go off and cut down trees. This was followed by log splitter breaking away from the car and rolling into the woods, followed by falls out of trees, cutting fingers and hands and a few trips to Emerson Hospital. Always fun times! Our many get togethers as families and friends will always be remembered. We were blessed to have his friendship in our lives.

I hope you find comfort in your memories of this good, kind man and the knowledge that you will see him again. Love. Dot

Love,

Posted by Dorothy McDonough - Stow, MA - Friend   February 13, 2019

Such a kind, great man. I was fortunate to spend my childhood growing up next-door. When the third street crew would be running the neighborhood, he always stopped and chatted with us and was looking out for us. I have a vivid memory of coming out of the woods with Pam and Ray said "stop, I want to show you a trick" he then nicely removed a tick from my ear, knowing I would of had a fit had he mentioned it. One of many examples of his kind nature (another great one was when we thought there was a real Leprechaun in the woods. Ray not wanting to disappoint us played along with us and investigated the situation). He will be missed. Lot of love to you Norma, Deb and Pam xoxo

Posted by Katie Baker - Bolton, MA - Friend   February 13, 2019

Norma and family,So sorry to hear about Ray.I
I will always remember the great times and laughs we had growing up in Maynard.Rest peacefully my good friend.Bob and Mary Cox

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2019

Candle

We will miss uncle Ray so much. I will never forget his great laugh. He was always the silly uncle and so much fun to be around. I am so thankful for my memories with Uncle Ray.

Posted by Holly Perry - Brookline, NH - Family   February 12, 2019

Posted by Holly Perry - Brookline, NH - Family   February 12, 2019

Posted by Holly Perry - Brookline, NH - Family   February 12, 2019

Candle

I will always remember summers spent with uncle Ray in his pool. He was such a fun uncle who taught
me how to dive. He was an amazing family man with the biggest heart. We will miss him greatly. See you on
the other side uncle.
Love your niece and goddaughter,
Jill

Posted by Jill Gosselin - Brookline, NH - Family   February 12, 2019

Uncle Ray you will never be forgotten. I will always remember my summer days as a kid playing in your pool. You were such a fun guy to be around and were always a kid favorite. I used to love when you'd pretend to throw me out the window, haha! We will miss you hear on earth but we will meet again on the other side. Until then... Love always

Posted by Jill Gosselin - Brookline, NH - Family   February 12, 2019

Norma, We are so sorry to hear about Ray. He always sounded so upbeat and positive even though he was so ill. We are praying for you and all of your family. Love and Peace, John and Eileen Krupsky

Posted by Eileen Krupsky - Whitinsville, MA - Friend   February 12, 2019

My heart goes out to all of you in the loss of a great man. He was always so kind and welcoming to all.

Posted by Mary Morse - Westford, MA - Friend   February 10, 2019


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