OBITUARY

Raymond John Parisi MD

October 6, 1933June 3, 2021
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On June 3, 2021, in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Raymond John Parisi took the hand of Jesus Christ and ascended into Paradise.

Raymond was born to Carmine Parisi and Fannie Campanella Parisi in Newark, NJ, on October 6, 1933. In pursuit of higher education, Raymond received his BA in Pre-Medical Studies from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Afterward, he attended medical school at both the University of North Dakota and at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he received his Doctor of Medicine Degree. Raymond served his residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, practicing medicine in Washington, DC and Southern Maryland for 30 years. He served as chairman of the OB/GYN departments for three terms at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, DC and for six years at Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

While preparing for his career in medicine, on May 6, 1961, Raymond married the love of his life, Maureen Elizabeth “Beth” Kohl, with whom he shared the best 60 years of his life.

In the late 1960s, Raymond took his medical skills abroad to Vietnam where he had the honor of serving his nation as a physician for two years in the U.S. Army. There, he operated close to the front lines, saving many lives and ascending to the rank of Major before returning home; he received a number of medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star.

When Raymond retired from medicine, he indulged his creative impulses with a variety of artistic pursuits that ranged from Chinese Brush Stroke painting to enameling and jewelry making. His specialty was Plique-A-Jour jewelry. Raymond’s art brought him further achievement when for three terms he served as the President of the National Enamelist Guild and for six years as Vice President of The Enamelist Society. He was also a member of The Enamellists’ Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA; he has sold his jewelry and other work for the past 20 years in Virginia and North Carolina.

Upon moving to North Carolina, Raymond became a Knight of the Msgr. Michael A. Carey Council (6650) of the Knights of Columbus and a faithful member of the Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Cary, NC.

In his personal life, Raymond was an avid fan of the Washington Football Team (NFL) and the Georgetown University Hoyas Men’s Basketball Team, becoming a member of the Hoya Hoop Club. He enjoyed travel and experiencing diverse cultures, having visited dozens of countries across five continents. He also became a wine connoisseur, and his gastronomic interests guided Raymond’s passion for food, inspiring him to become an accomplished chef of various cuisines the world-over.

Raymond is preceded in death by his father, Carmine Parisi, and his mother, Fannie Campanella Parisi.

He will be missed by his wife of 60 years, Beth Parisi; son, Ray Parisi Jr. (wife Gretchen); daughter, Maria Parisi; daughter Michele McKinley (husband Kraig); and his four grandchildren: Laura, Anna, Alex and Adrienne.

Services will be held at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Cary, NC, at 11 am on Monday the seventh to be followed by a reception at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary, NC.

In lieu of flowers, please provide donations to Mother Teresa Catholic Church: https://motherteresa.weshareonline.org

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Reception

    Monday, June 7, 2021

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Anne Crabbe

June 12, 2021

When we first started our gallery (One of a Kind Gallery in Pinehurst, NC), Ray was one of the first artists we recruited. We had seen his beautiful enamel work in another gallery. When invited to join the new gallery, he graciously accepted . His beautiful enameled jewelry and plates have been a wonderful addition. Ray was as beautiful a person as was his artwork. We will miss him.

Anne Crabbe and Bonnie Johnson

Ellie Rollins

June 8, 2021

Years ago, on a visit to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, I ran into Dr. Parisi while I was waiting for friends who were riding one of the rollercoasters. Dr. Parisi greeted me warmly and we chatted for several minutes. When the ride was finished, I told my friends that I'd run into my gynecologist and one of them said, "How did he recognize you with your clothes on?" I told this to him during my next office visit and, needless to say, he and I enjoyed a shared laugh. I always knew he was a wonderful physician and a great guy, but I had no idea he was such a Renaissance man. Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss. I pray that God sends you His tender mercies, solace and every blessing. Rest in endless peace, Dr. Parisi. Ellie Rollins, R.N.

Sue Garten

June 7, 2021

John and I are very sad to learn of Raymond's death. He was such a force of nature. It seemed he would go on forever. The energy and enthusiasm he brought to the projects we worked on were contagious. He always expected you to put forth your very best effort but you always knew he expected the same and then some of himself.
And even though we have not been able to visit in recent years we will nonetheless miss Ray Parisi, a very dear friend.
Love, Sue & John Garten

Heather Strickland

June 6, 2021

I have extremely fond memories of Dr. Parisi and I sharing the end of a table (and adult beverages) at Mizzou for Michele’s graduation. This was a man I had often found intimidating (he was a doctor and dad of one of my best teenage friends, so you’ll understand) who became a partner in laughter and enjoyment and perhaps even a little devilish humor. He was genuinely a man of multiple interests and skills and unbelievably smart, but who I found to be down to earth and hilarious during that trip. Rest In Peace, Dr. Parisi. Love to all the family.

James Kelley

June 6, 2021

Ray and Beth served with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Northern Virginia, Beth as a volunteer (Basic Needs Counseling) with United Community Ministries and Ray on the Regional Advisory Council.
We became good friends. Rest in Peace.

June Jasen

June 6, 2021

Not what I was expecting when I opened FB today. Always pleasant, charming, with great advice! An asset to the enamel world in DC area and beyond!🙏🏼He will be missed by all those who’s’ life he touched

Mary Lynn Tomaro

June 5, 2021

I remember he always was smiling! He was happy to see us all! I remember the wonderful Thanksgiving gatherings!
We are all blessed to have known such a special person!
May he rest in peace with the Lord and angels until we meet again!

Jennifer Jones

June 4, 2021

Dear Maria,

I so enjoyed hearing you talk about your father's creative endeavors. It sounds like he led a fantastic life full of adventure and kindness towards others.

Holding you close in my thoughts and heart.

Love, Jen

Rosanne Ruvolo

June 4, 2021

Maria and family, I offer my sincerest condolences on the death of your dad. I did not know your father, but It makes so much sense that a creative, positive, and bright person along with your mom raised you to be such a special person.

Karen and Al Leary

June 4, 2021

Sending you our deepest condolences for the loss of your Father. You and your family are in our prayers.