Raymond Joseph Pekari
Raymond Joseph Pekari
  • May 28, 1955 - March 16, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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PEKARI, Raymond “Skip”, 61, of Tampa, FL, passed away on March 16, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Kathryn “Kim” Brown Pekari; his mother, Jackie Abbott of Tampa; children, Ed Pergolotti and Kristina Pekari-Hurlburt, both of CT; stepchildren, Roxanne Lane and her husband Craig Skilton of CT and Adam Lane and his wife Rachel of GA; siblings, Doug Pekari and his wife Sandy of CT, Scott Abbott and his wife Sigrid of Tampa, and Jocelyn Lisosky of CT; brother-in-law Bill Brown and sister-in-law Pat Roberson and her husband Tony, all of CT; grandchildren, Ellie, Sam, Frankie, Austin, Madison, Natalie, Kennedy, Lincoln, and one special baby on the way; several nieces, a nephew, a very dear aunt, Gladys Pekari; and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray and his brother, Donnie. Born in Connecticut and raised in West Haven, Skip attended West Haven schools. He had a variety of jobs over the years, and before he retired he was a truck driver. Skip and Kim met, married, and lived in the Tampa area since 1999. He loved motorcycles and the adventures that they brought him on. That included local bike events and just riding with friends, attending the 75th anniversary Sturgis rally, and Daytona bike week where he passed away of natural causes during the night while camping there. He lived life to the fullest! A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, April 7, with a memorial beginning at 3:00 pm in the Clubhouse at Fountainview Estates, 8800 Berkshire Ln, Tampa, FL 33635. Friends and family will continue to celebrate his life there until 7 pm. Another remembrance will take place in Connecticut at a later date. Wherever you are, think of Skip and smile.