Raymond L. McConemy of Lima Estates in Media, PA (formerly of Wilmington, DE) passed away on April 22 at Riddle Hospital following a valiant battle against Covid-19 with complications. He was 88 years old.
Ray will be dearly missed by Peggy, his loving wife of 63 years; daughters Margaret (James) O’Boyle of Wilmington, DE and Linda (Pete) Fielding of Mechanicsville, VA; grandchildren Patrick and Ryan O’Boyle and Kate Fielding; and sisters Lois Wieder of Mt. Laurel, NJ and Jean (Donald) Kirk of Fairport, NY.
Ray was born in 1931 in Philadelphia, PA, the oldest child of Raymond L. and Frances A. (Candy) McConemy. He graduated from Frankford High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn Law. After graduation he married the love of his life Margaret A. [Peggy] Coulter, then went on to practice law in Philadelphia for over a decade. In the late 1960s, Ray moved his family to Delaware and went to work for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, first out of Elsmere and then the Philadelphia Regional Office. He retired after 25 years of service.
A kind, quiet, thoughtful man with a dry sense of humor, Ray was devoted to his wife and family. He treasured family vacations at the Jersey Shore – floating on the waves, walking the boardwalk and, with first his daughters and then his grandchildren, building sandcastles and riding the roller coaster. His daughters’ brief foray into competitive swimming led to Ray’s 32 years of dedication to the sport – officiating swim meets first for summer leagues, then high schools, and finally for the University of Delaware. Ray and Peggy also enjoyed attending UD football games and traveling, visiting Europe several times.
Ray and Peggy moved to Lima Estates in Media, PA in 2004, where Ray fully embraced the active senior lifestyle. He enjoyed Wii bowling, trivia contests, pinochle, and assisting with community A/V needs. Participating in regional OlympiActs competitions, he was quite proud of his bronze medal in shuffleboard. Ray was deeply religious and served as an elder, deacon, and Sunday School teacher at Presbyterian churches in Philadelphia and Wilmington. Ray and Peggy joined Lima United Methodist Church after their move, and Ray attended worship there whenever possible.
Burial service will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled once Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lima Estates Samaritan Fund, 411 N. Middletown Rd., Media, PA 19063.