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Raymond Thomas Greenwood Jr.

June 20, 1966February 13, 2021

On Monday, June 20th, 1966, in Philadelphia, PA, Raymond Greenwood, Sr. and Marion Greenwood had their first born, Raymond Thomas Greenwood, Jr. Their small family grew once more with their second son, Marc Greenwood, and with that, young Raymond took on the titles that defined the rest of his life: Brother and Protector. Raymond always valued family and his roles as he grew up being known as a runner and a fighter. He always showed fearless courage by running to protect his younger cousins and brother. Raymond’s love motivated his running, and running became a love as he excelled at track and football. Early in Raymond’s life his father had a small car crash with one of Jehovah’s Witnesses that changed his life. The love that was shown by the witness involved helped the family come to know about Jehovah and His love, a love that influenced Raymond the rest of his life. This God fearing love influenced his every decision: how he no longer fought physically but fought for the truth, and how he no longer ran for sport but ran the race for life, when he dedicated his life to his Jehovah God and became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on June 18, 1983.

Raymond’s love for family and others was so strong, that when his sister, Candice, was born he dropped everything to help support his family. Raymond’s life radiated with love for family and friends, but there was no glimmer like that for Camilla Pearl Thomas who he married on July 28, 1990. Raymond’s love continued to expand as he welcomed his first born son, Stephen Greenwood. The small family grew again with another bundle of joy, Matthew Greenwood, his second son. Raymond took his responsibilities seriously and moved to North Carolina to set up a life for his young family. There he discovered the world of technology where his knack for computers became an expertise and a passion as he continued to help others whenever he could. He continued to inculcate his love of Jehovah in his sons and many others through his ministry. This strong love for Jehovah and others helped him as he battled a variety of health problems while exuding positivity and optimism. Although his marriage with Camilla ended, he continued to grow his family with his marriage to Shatrina Thomas on May 23, 2015 and his new step-children Zori and Zamari Thomas. Raymond’s cherished love for his family helped sustain his roles as a brother to the many friends he held as protector of his faith and integrity. On a cold and rainy Saturday, February 13, 2021, Raymond courageously fought and finished his race, when after years of remission, cancer took his life. His name will be linked to his qualities as a tender, optimistic, God-fearing fighter who ran to help those in need.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Shatrina, his children, Stephen and Matthew, his step-children, Zori and Zamari, his mother and father, Raymond and Marion “Judy” Greenwood, his brother and sister, Candice and Marc, his first wife, Camilla, his grandchildren, Paisley and Kayson, and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones.

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Diana Saunders

February 18, 2021

What a beautiful tribute. My husband and I were neighbors with Raymond and Shatrina when my husband was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. It was a scary time for us but Raymond was one of the rare optimistic, faithfilled voices who gave us much needed encouragement.
Prayers and condolences to the whole family.
Diana and Tom

Gregg Mock

February 18, 2021

I remember Raymond as a kid in Darby Township, PA. He was a quiet young man with a good spirit about him. I'm sure he'll be miss by so many people he has touched. May he have peace and rest.

Kofi Thompson

February 17, 2021

I met Raymond in the Fall of 2014 at IBM. From the first day I met him throughout the duration of our friendship, Raymond was always kind, hilarious and super helpful. As I've shared his passing with some former colleagues, they've all shared those same sentiments as well. I hope that y'all are thinking of those good times that you shared with Raymond during these difficult times.

God Bless

DANIKA MILLER

February 17, 2021

My condolences to the family and friends of Raymond Greenwood. Raymond was a kind person and extremely helpful with all that he did at IBM. I will forever be grateful to Raymond for going above and beyond to provide support while working alongside him, which truly depicts the type of person he was. I will forever cherish all of the laughs, memories, and talks about his beautiful granddaughter, Paisley, who was truly the apple of his eye. Raymond, my friend, you will truly be missed. Sending hugs and prayers of comfort to all of his loved ones.

Kymberlee Devine

February 17, 2021

I am saddened to hear of the passing of such a wonderful spirit. I worked with Raymond at IBM amd there was nothing that he could not do! His journey with cancer was certainly up and down. I’m hoping Jehovah gave him the best spot in heaven he certainly deserved it. Raymond will be greatly missed : (

Lynn Black

February 17, 2021

This is the saddest news ever I will always luv Ray.. he was one of the Strongest Spiritual Brothers I know.. A great Friend and Amazing example of luv n family .. May he rest in Jehovahs loving memory!!

Amalia Carter

February 16, 2021

I met Raymond at work about 5 years ago. I think he may be one of the first people I met as a young professional. His office was next to mine, so we spoke often and he made me feel very welcome.

I will never forget Raymond’s laugh, and how kind he was to those around him. I am so grateful to have known him, and I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family.

Rest in peace, Raymond.

Barbara Disney

February 16, 2021

My deepest sympathy and condolences to Raymond's family. I had the great pleasure to work with Raymond for a few years. Raymond was one of the kindest, most gentle souls I have ever incountered. He was my friend. I'm so glad we had the chance to exchange messages over the past couple if years. His gentle insight and kindness always present. I will miss your smile and your light Raymond....you were one of a kind. You will be sorely missed my friend...I'll never forgot you. Rest in peace

Carol Hughes

February 16, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Raymond's passing. We worked together at IBM for several years. He was always a fun person - put a smile on your face - and very helpful. He will be missed. Fly to the angels Raymond - may you rest in peace.

Michelle Bauer

February 16, 2021

My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family through this time of unimaginable loss. May God walk beside you and guide you through.
Raymond taught me a lot of what I know pertaining to the job I am doing today. Rest in peace my friend. Michelle Bauer

FROM THE FAMILY