Raymond Casimir Czarnecki

September 21, 1925March 1, 2014
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Raymond C. Czarnecki, 88, of Cary passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at his residence.

As a retired officer of National Aniline/Allied Chemical, he was a Scientist, Educator, and Businessman most recently a Professor-Management College at North Carolina State University. Mr. Czarnecki was recognized internationally when he developed the first low temperature thermal desorption unit used to recycle petroleum contaminated soils. Contrasted to land fill techniques this process, thermally cleaned the soil, used the petroleum as fuel and recycled the residue into hot mix asphalt. The attractiveness of the process was no continuing liability for the generator and as a result created a whole new recycling industry which continues to this day. This work was reported at several conferences at the University of Massachusetts and in many text and technical journals.

While serving as Vice President R&D at Allied Chemical Corp he led research which resulted in the development of new nontoxic substitute for FD&C Red #4. The product continues in wide spread use today coloring candy, meats fruits and enjoys widespread trust.

Most recently Mr. Czarnecki has devoted his energy persuading the FHA and many State DOT’s to adopt performance standards, warranties, design-build and incentives in highway construction to encourage contractor to shorten construction times, produce higher quality, lower cost, accept risk and encourage innovation. Almost one third of all 50 States are now actively involved in introducing these techniques.

Mr. Czarnecki has served as President of McDowell Materials Corp, CEO of Brox Construction and currently as President of RCC Assoc. He has taught at Merrimake College, Montclair State College, the University of Illinois, and NC State University.

He spearheaded the with great concern and interest for the town and people of Cary.

He was a loving, enthusiastic, caring husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Nancy; three sons, Kenneth (Barbara), Timothy (Belinda) and Jeffery (Carol); and grandchildren, Christina, Kyle, Lauren, Dirk, Brock, Ava, and Francesca.

A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.

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David Schwerbrock

September 18, 2014

Dear Nancy, when Katrin did not hear from you and could not reach you, we feared the worst. And when she googled Ray, she found this obituary. I have thought about Ray a lot since we moved back to Germany. You and Ray were one of the highlights of our living in Cary. You were wonderful neighbors and I will forever be grateful for the advice and friendship that Ray showed us in our six years as your neighbors. We miss you and pray for you. David and Katrin

Cousin Pat Knopka

April 14, 2014

Nancy, I just heard about Ray. I am so sorry! I remember when we were all together at Polish Villa several years ago. I was sitting next to you and Ray. It was such a good feeling to be all together with you and Ray and the family. I so enjoyed listening to you and Ray talk. He was a wonderful man and one of a kind! I will cherish that memory and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

March 26, 2014

Jeff, Carol, Christi, and Kyle
I am saddened by the news of Mr. Czarnecki's passing. The circumstances were so challenging and we pray for your strength.

Doug, Maribel, Kara and Emma Wilson

March 26, 2014

So sorry to hear about Raymond. Rely on Almighty God because he is near to those that are broken at heart and will provide you with the strength to continue on.

Jack & Lore Goddard

March 11, 2014

Dear Nancy & Family...
We are so sorry for your loss...Raymond was one of a kind, a truly kind and gifted man..Your loss will be felt by all your friends...God Bless You and
your Family, and cherish his memory...Jack & lore Goddard

Karen & Mark Phillips (Opoka)

March 10, 2014

Dear Aunt Nancy, Kenny, Tim and Jeffrey and your families:

I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Ray was a breath of fresh air and I am truely sorry that he has passed away. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

March 8, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Czarnecki. May memories of him bring you peace and, may the God of all comfort be with you during this sad time.


Rudy Gherghel

March 6, 2014

Dear Carol, Jeff and Family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Mr. Czarnecki was a great man and he will be remembered for ever. Our Prayers are with you and if there anything at all we can do for you please let us know.
The Gherghel's

Denise Johnstone

March 6, 2014

Ken, Barbara and Family;
My condolences on your loss. Ken, it was obvious your father treasured his family and time with all of you. I hope that those memories of your time together will help sustain you through this difficult time and the years ahead.
Denise Johnstone

March 6, 2014

Carol, Jeff & Family, my sympathy to you for the loss of such a wonderful man. May the memories you have fill your hearts with love and peace. The journey is tough for those of you left behind but the support of others and the good Lord will help. There is a heaven which brings us the confidence of our seeing our loved ones again. Kathy, Tom & all the boys