OBITUARY

Raymond Kobza Jr.

5 December , 19681 August , 2019

Ray Kobza Jr., age 50, longtime resident of Monroe, CT passed away on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.

Ray was born in Bridgeport, CT to Linda and the late Raymond Kobza. He graduated from Masuk High School in 1986 and worked most of his career as an owner/operator for United Van Lines.

As a season ticket holder for many years, Ray was an avid Patriots fan and attended some of the greatest games played at Foxboro and Gillette Stadium, including the famous AFC Divisional Playoff/Snow Bowl in 2002.

Ray’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his son, Ray III, and daughter, Samantha. He enjoyed cooking for them, attending concerts with Ray III, and golfing with Samantha. He loved watching Ray III play football and Samantha compete in cheerleading. He enjoyed all kinds of sugary treats, but he was most often seen eating sherbet directly from the tub.

Ray was a good man with a loving heart. He will be sadly missed by his mother, Linda Kobza of Monroe, beloved children, Ray and Samantha Kobza and their mother, Margaret, of Trumbull, his brother, Joe, and wife, Karen, and their children, Hailey and Madison, of Monroe, as well as several other extended family and friends.

A private family service was held at the Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home in Monroe on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Family and friends are welcome to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 from 2 PM to 6 PM at the home of Joe and Karen Kobza in Monroe. The family will share personal stories of Ray’s life at 3 PM.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, 10 August , 2019

Memories

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David Peluchette

9 August 2019

I grew up with Ray on Blueberry Lane. I remember our childhoods, filled with playing kickball, football and basketball. Riding bikes and pretending to be Evel Knievel as we setup ramps to jump over.

Winter's were filled with snowball fights and sled riding. Always searching for the best hills to go down. We went Christmas caroling and finished the evenings with Linda making hot chocolate for the kids in the neighbourhood. Our Summers were filled playing army in the woods that ran behind our houses. We played Tap Tap until, one by one, our parents could be heard calling for us in the distance to come home for dinner or when it got too dark.

I remember Ray having a good heart. My sincerest condolences to his son Raymond and his daughter Samantha, his mom Linda and his brother Joe. May he rest in peace...

Anne Marie Maini

5 August 2019

Joe, Karen and family,
We were so sad to hear about the passing of your brother Ray. Although we never met him we could just imagine the great and loving father and brother he was. We are thinking about you guys and we are praying that God gives you all strength and peace in this difficult time.
The Maini Family

Wendy Cushing

5 August 2019

Joe and Karen and the Kobza Family,
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you, the girls, and the rest of your family.

Mike & Terry Hurley

5 August 2019

Terry and I would like to extend our condolences to Linda, Margaret, Joe and the Kobza family. Like everyone in the Kobza family Ray Junior was always warm and friendly to us. He always welcomed me with a smile and a handshake and a hug and kiss for Terry.

Mike and Terry Hurley

John Pagluiso

5 August 2019

Dear Linda and family, I am saddened to learn of Ray's passing. I remember when I was coaching in the Monroe Youth Association. Ray was a great kid. God bless you and your family and may Ray rest in peace.

Franca Adams

5 August 2019

Linda, Joe, Ray III and Samantha - My heart goes out to each of you. Ray will always remain very special to me. His caring heart and gentleness will forever be with all of us. He had a heart of gold and I am grateful and blessed to have had him in my life. May you all find comfort in remembering his warm smile and sweet disposition as you sort through your feelings during this very difficult time.

All my love - Franca

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY