Raymond Joseph Sousa, Sr.

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“As the sun sets on what was your last evening on this earth 1 year ago today (February 27, 2021) - I find myself still struggling to find peace . I...Read More »
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“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I'm putting these heart felt thoughts to paper.There should be a word in this English language that far...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Brian Calve - Coventry, CT

“Al and I will always remember the good times we shared with Ray and his memory will stay with us forever. Our condolences to his family.HugcN ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Sherry and Al Kotowski - Coventry, CT

“Dear Minnie, Catherine, Ray, Brenda, Mark and Richard,Please accept my most sincere condolences. It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I'm...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Cecilia Leary - Virginia Beach, VA

“I had the privilege of knowing Mr Sousa or who I was lucky enough to call another Dad for more than forty years. He was the kindest man I ever knew...Read More »
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It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Raymond Joseph Sousa Sr., beloved husband of Minnie Catherine (Hickey) Sousa. He died unexpectedly in the ED of Hartford Hospital despite heroic efforts by all medical staff involved on February 28, 2021. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. Raymond was born at home in Taftville, CT. on October 1, 1937 to the late Francis and Emily (Marceau) Sousa. He moved to Coventry as a child and was a lifelong resident there. He was an empathetic, compassionate, gentle man and loved by all. He met his wife at a roller rink, she was just 16 yrs old. They were inseparable after that. They had a love story not many people are lucky enough to experience. They had been married since 1963. He enjoyed a career as an operating engineer working for many companies over the years. Heavy equipment was one of his passions. Ray was a member of the Local 478 Union and had received his 65 yr pin of service. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 52. He was a coastguard auxiliary member. He volunteered for food share and monthly fish dinner events in the Town of Coventry. He was always lending a hand when he could. He would even help the ladies at the Coventry Senior Center, from setting up their tables to helping them pin the quilts they were working on. Ray enjoyed more than anything spending time with his loving wife Minnie and cat's Rusty and Troy. He enjoying antique shopping, camping, and feeding the wildlife, especially the hawks in his backyard. He also enjoyed all activities involving his family and friends. He was predeceased by siblings Emily Kasacek, Ethel Graham, Francis Sousa and Theodore Sousa. He is survived by his wife and best friend Minnie C (Hickey) Sousa. His children Catherine M (Sousa) McCormick, Raymond J Sousa Jr., Brenda J Sousa Moore and son in laws Mark L McCormick and Richard A Moore. His grandchildren Amber McCormick, Hunter McCormick and Kaylee Sousa. Step grandchildren Emalene Moore, Jackson Moore and Jaden Acaujo. Brothers Earl F Sousa, Gary L Sousa and his wife MaryAnn, and "Ma" Blanche Y Sousa. Sister in law's Claire I Rich and husband Jack, Vivian A Grassette. Brother in law's Thomas Hickey ll and wife Nona, Daniel P Hickey and wife Karen. Numerous nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends. He will be remembered for his beautiful smile, his kind heart and his easy going spirit. He was truly one of a kind and will be forever missed. Burial will be private.