Raymond John Mataloni Jr.

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On April 26, 2021, Raymond Mataloni, Jr. of Chantilly, VA, loving father of two, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 57. Raymond was born on June 4, 1963 in Fairfax, VA to Raymond (Sr.) and Rosemary (Weirbowski) Mataloni.

Raymond and his former wife Lisa (Sherwood) Mataloni raised two sons, Alex and Ben. He was a devoted father with a diverse set of interests that included kayaking, cooking, softball, playing guitar, photography, archery, fishing, and camping. He loved the Cleveland Indians, riffing on bad movies, and teaching Sunday school at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA. He also taught economics as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Mary Washington. Raymond will be remembered for his quiet, humble presence, his intellectual and spiritual curiosity, and his playful sense of humor.

A lifelong resident of Northern Virginia, Raymond graduated from Chantilly High School where he played football, wrestled, and was an active member of the French Club. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington in 1985, double majoring in Business and French. In 1986, Raymond joined the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). He earned a master’s degree in Economics from George Mason University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in 2007. At BEA, he served most of his career in the International Directorate, where he had been the chief of the Research and Methodology Group since 2014. His colleagues will remember him for his collaborative leadership style, innovative research, and extensive knowledge of economic globalization.

Raymond was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary. He is survived by his sons Alex and Ben, his former spouse Lisa, his younger sister Kelly, his father Ray Sr., and numerous cousins, notably Michele, Karen, and Jerry.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax. Following the service, a reception will be held at Demaine Fairfax Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Team River Runner (https://www.teamriverrunner.org/Donate). The family kindly welcomes condolences and loving memories of Raymond on his guest book at www.demainefairfaxfuneralhome.com.


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Raymond John Mataloni Jr.


Erich Strassner

11 juin , 2021

Ray was such a great colleague and all around good guy. I enjoyed working with Ray and will miss him. My deepest condolences.

David Beede

10 juin , 2021

Ray's brilliance, humor, and decency always shined through whenever I had an occasion to work with him. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

JoEllen Reino (formerly Cameron)

8 juin , 2021

I attended Mary Washington with Ray. He was so much fun. I still have fond memories of spending time with him and our group of friends. We would go up on the roofs of buildings, explore under the waterfall at the Rappahannock River, ride cafeteria trays down the snowy hills at night. There was always laughing and adventure and plenty of good music.

I can see from others' comments that he lived a life where he made many good friends with his magnanimous energy and kindness.

Lisa, though I didn't know you well, I could see that you had that kind of magic, too. You both were (and I'm sure you still are) big spirits with big hearts. Sending you and your family lots of love.

Bettina Aten

27 mai , 2021

Ray was one of the first people to greet me when I began work at BEA, it was such a kind and inviting gesture. He exuded a warm presence and his comments were clearly thoughtful and full of intellectual curiosity. Thank you, Ray.

Michael Glenn

23 mai , 2021

Ray, Lisa, and I worked for the same organization (BEA) for many years. We knew each other from our early days at BEA. Ray was an accomplished economist who made great contributions to the success of our organization. He will be missed on many levels.

Ray and Lisa were among my friends at BEA.

I noticed in Ray's obituary that he taught Sunday school. That is a wonderful thing to do. My prayers for the consolation of Ray's family have been frequent since I heard of his going to be with the Lord.

Recently I read something online from Dr. David Jeremiah of Turning Point Ministries that made me think again of Ray.

Dr. Jeremiah wrote:

“According to Romans 5:17, death reigns on all who are born of Adam. But through Christ, we can dethrone death and we ourselves can reign in life. Those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

Dr. Jeremiah asks - “Are you reigning in life today? There’s no reason to be defeated. We have victory through Christ, and when He is on the throne of our heart, we reign in life through Him.”

God's grace is sufficient for us and Ray has his share of His grace and peace.

May many blessings and fond memories come to Ray's family and friends.

Ray will be missed by those of us still here.

Michael Glenn
BEA coworker from the past

Carol venese

17 mai , 2021

I had the pleasure of teaching French to Ray at Chantilly High School in the late 1970’s. He was engaging and enjoyed speaking French and picking a new name. He chose Andre Cesar and forever that’s what I called him. He was creative and would draw cartoon figures who spoke French at the end of tests or compositions and I often rewarded him with a few extra credit points for his creativity. When I had the chance to meet Ray and mutual friends for dinner at Mon Ami Gabi in Reston , Va. perhaps 40 years later, I felt so blessed to have known Ray and and to see them all as successful adults with their own families.
At one of these dinners Ray brought an essay he had written in French class at Mary Washington on the Stranger by Albert Camus and which merited and received an A. I was so proud of him .
My heart breaks to think that we will not be with him again, at least on this planet. Perhaps he’s now with the Little Prince on an asteroide

Derrick Jenniges

10 mai , 2021

Ray was the first person to take a chance on me out of school, and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to know and spend time with him. He made me feel valued and was genuinely interested in my success, whether it was in the office, on the softball diamond, or kayaking on the Potomac. Ray had a knack for finding little "nuggets" of positivity and made coming to work a joy.

As I think back on Ray and all the time I was fortunate enough to spend with him, I keep coming back to the memories of him towing me back to shore after I would roll the kayak. We'd sit on the river bank and talk about all sorts of things, he'd show me his roll and help me practice, then we'd decide it was about time to repeat the process. That was Ray - very open, positive, and willing to help. I will miss Ray and wish to offer my deepest condolences to his family.

Kevin Barefoot

10 mai , 2021

I remember meeting Ray in 2009 when I joined the Balance of Payment Research branch. He was always generous with his time and quick to offer help when working through the statistics. He was a great teacher. In addition to work, Ray also made time to chat about hobbies and got to know people on a personal level. He helped build team spirit and unity in BEA. We often chatted about food, games, travel, and softball.

Ray was a mentor and a friend. I will miss him. My deepest condolences to his family.

Stephen Yeaple

9 mai , 2021

I met Ray in early 2000 as a newly minted PhD and special sword employee. Over the last 20 years I visited to work at the BEA with the survey data and my career depended heavily on this data and on my relationship with Ray Mataloni and William Zeile. I don't know how many times Ray worked me out of a jam with the data, especially in the last few years. He was always so kind and helpful no matter how disorganized my thinking. I don't know how many times I would pass an idea by him to have him warn me about quirks in the survey responses. It will take me a long time to work out his passing. The world needs more people like Ray.

Stephen Yeaple

Mirco Lattwein

9 mai , 2021

Dear Ray,

to hear about your passing filled my heart with sadness.

Since 2014 we met at OECD in Paris twice a year and from the very beginning, I appreciated your expertise and deep knowledge you brought into discussions, yet always humble and with respect and an open mind for other views.

We worked more closely together since last year when we both joined the IMF Direct Investment Task Team and I was happy when we were both assigned to the same subgroup to work on a specific issue. You always provided helpful input, and whenever you had no additional comments, I knew we were on the right track.

I will miss you as the always kind and caring colleague, but more than this I will miss your thoughtfulness, mixed with this special sense of humor. In our non-technical conversations – either personally in Paris or occasionally via Email – I discovered your almost philosophical look on everyday life, for instance regarding cinema or (European) football, which was always entertaining and inspiring at the same time. It’s those conversations I will certainly miss the most.

Although we didn’t meet that often and were not very close, it feels like I’ve lost a good friend.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones.
My deepest condolences,