Raymond V. Walicki II
May 20, 1980 – February 8, 2020
Raymond Walicki, of Copiague, L.I., passed suddenly on Saturday, February 8th, at the age of 39 years.
Ray was born in East Meadow, and grew up in Copiague and Lindenhurst. He graduated from Lindenhurst High in 1998. A proud veteran, after graduation he joined the U.S. Army, and served his country for four years. He left New York for a time, living and working in Washington State. Ray returned home, working again in construction, and later served with Hunter EMS. He also served as a volunteer with the Copiague Fire Department.
“A guy who made everyone laugh”, and “a man with a big heart” is how his family describes Ray; and his stepson, Anthony, says his stepdad was ‘nice’. He would do anything for anyone, no matter what the time or day, dropping whatever he was doing to help in any way. A story that his mother remembers is how on the day of his own scheduled knee surgery, it had snowed; and Ray was out with his snowblower clearing all of his neighbors properties. His caring of others’ became such a prominent piece of his character, that he sought, and achieved his appointment as a Minister. Ray and his fiancée, Jennifer, had met and dated through High School. After graduation, they drifted away from each other and went on to different life paths. Fate, and love, would eventually, 20 years later, bring them back together; a story which all would say was a heartfelt love story.
Ray was a die-hard Giants fan, and loved playing video games, especially with his friend, John. A gun collector, he enjoyed getting out to do range-shooting. He loved to hunt upstate, getting out to fish ‘anywhere’ he could and also enjoyed cooking. As a regular at the Firehouse Deli in Bluepoint, the deli fondly in memory of Ray, named a sandwich after him called “The Walicki”.
Ray is survived by his beloved family – his mother, Jeanette Buehler; his fiancé, Jennifer; his aunts – Patti and Kenneth Brown and Betty and Pete Hunt; his stepson Anthony and stepdaughter, Nicci; and his cousins – Michael (Catherine) Brown, Kimberly Brown, Lori Brown, Kathleen (Bernie) Martinez, Ryan Krosecky and Whitney Brown.
Family and friends will gather at the funeral home on Monday, February 17th, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 18th, at 9:45 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Church in Copiague. Interment, with Military Honors conducted by the U.S. Army Ceremonial Guard , will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.
- Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 18, 2020
- Interment with Military Honors Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Raymond V. Walicki II
February 15, 2020
I knew ray when he was a young boy. And he was Jeanette's pride and joy.
I also know that whether he admitted it or not he loved to make his mom proud. Especially about his cooking. He looked so much like Jeanette and was a buehler through and through! Fly free Ray knowing your mom is so proud🕊
February 14, 2020
I remember the first time we met like it was yesterday, I was standing outside my home at 336 N. Indiana Ave In Lindenhurst and from that day forward we became the best of friends. We did so many things together some good and some bad. We kept in touch over the years through writing and talking on the phone thru his military times, his time spent in the state of Washington and back home to LI. We spoke about everything grandma’s birthday parties on July 4. To memories that we always spoke about almost every time we talked. We joked about the crazy things we did at Lindenhurst High School grounds, climbing the big trees along the fence line and watching the skies carving our names into the tree, to riding our bikes up to 7-11 for candy, playing all types of games in the streets where our block played together and are still friends today. Man hunt was our favorite game together because there were so many people that played during our summer break, Our friendship meant a lot to me and I thank you for that. I will NEVER forget you. friends forever , you will never be forgotten GO GIANTS! GO BULLDOGS!