OBITUARY

Renaldo "Ray" Perez Mercado

October 24, 1952March 31, 2021

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Ray Mercado of Elkridge, MD passed away peacefully at Gilchrist Center Howard County. Devoted and loving husband of Brenda (Zautner) Mercado, dedicated father of Rosa (Anthony) Verderosa, Adam (Sonya Evans) Mercado, Alex (Hayley Malkus) Mercado, caring son of Ernesto and Gloria Mercado, steadfast brother of Ita Santiago, Lilly Tressa, Nilsa (Tingo) Diaz, Johnny (Judy) Mercado, and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Ray was born in Lares, Puerto Rico on October 24, 1952. His parents later moved to Youngstown, Ohio where he lived with his four siblings. Ray began working as a ball chaser at Oakland Field where he made $1.00 a game as a young boy, followed by a variety of jobs within engineering technology. Ray attended Youngstown State University, where he earned his A.A.S. in Civil Engineering and B.S.A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology. He moved to Maryland in May of 1988 and was joined by Brenda, his girlfriend of six years. Ray and Brenda married on December 31, 1988. He began his career as a traffic engineer with Maryland State Highway Administration and spent decades contributing to the improvement of traffic and safety of Maryland roads with Prince George’s and Howard Counties. Later in his seasoned career, Ray would retire and join Wallace Montgomery & Associates as a Senior Traffic Engineer contracted to District 5 of the Anne Arundel State Highway Administration. He enjoyed meeting new people, sharing stories, attending and recording live music performances, playing bass guitar, working on his cars, visiting tiki bars, and spending time with his family and many friends with a cold beer in his hand. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075 (exit 6 south off Rt. 100) on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 from 10:30AM until the start of the Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 11:30AM. Inurnment will be held at a later date privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to Gilchrist Center Howard County.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
24 April

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service

10:30 am

 

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Irene Loser

April 5, 2021

Brenda, you have my deepest sympathy. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one. My prayers go out to you and yours. So so sorry. Irene Loser and family.

Elizabeth Piccione

April 3, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of this sad news for Rosa and her family that Ray has gone home to be with Jesus. But we are all just away from home for awhile and will soon enough reunite with our family in heaven. May Jesus Christ be praised.

Randy Young

April 3, 2021

I met Alex, Ray’s son, in first grade. We became instant best friends. We both shared a love of music and as time passed we began to play. Ray was integral to that; we were always jamming in Alex’s basement. And despite the loud, distorted guitars and us screaming our heads off, Ray never complained. He came to every show our first band Demeanor played in Baltimore and throughout the state. And every concert, he was there with his tripod, recording, making sure the moment was captured. Because that’s how he was. I have too many memories of Mr. Ray; all full of wisdom, hilarity, and kindness, and I’m happy to say they’ve all blurred into one lesson. You can do it, just never stop. He treated me like his own son. The lights in my room just flickered as I’m writing this, and I hope that’s him playing a little joke on me, letting me know he’s still watching. Groove on in glory, Mr. Ray. I love you.

Linda Brown

April 2, 2021

My condolences to the family in your loss. May God be with you through this stressful time.

Milly Andujar

April 2, 2021

Ray you will be miss such a wonderful person May God bless you my you Rest In Peace. My Condolences to the Family

Sandy Morrison

April 2, 2021

We were a newly married couple when Sandra and I moved next door to Ray and Brenda in 1995 on Butterfield Drive in the Mayfield neighborhood of Elkridge, Maryland. Unbeknownst to us, Ray was the 'block captain' of the neighborhood association. They took us in and introduced us to everyone and helped us feel welcomed.

We quickly discovered that Ray had several passions in his life:

-his wife
-his growing family
-his yard and home
-and music!

Being a musician, Ray and I immediately bonded on that front. He educated me about Latin music, Latin Jazz, and Funk, while I continued to blast my progressive rock and 80's hair band music. We even formed a 'one gig band' that played only at our neighborhood block parties and called ourselves the 'Mayfield Blockheads'! :)

The attention to detail that Ray placed on his home and things was pretty intense, and his immaculate yard and home were proof positive of his level of care. In fact, Sandra and I used to joke that every time Ray washed his car (and it was an effort that required an entire day to complete), that it was guaranteed to rain within 24 hours.

Ray also had a wicked sense of humor; another character trait that endeared me to him. In fact, we remember this shirt he used to wear that had the word "DAD" printed on it in big letters. Underneath was written in small print, "Dads Against Diapers".

The world is a little dimmer without Ray and his tall, slender, Puerto Rican self stomping around the neighborhood. We will miss his whistling, the 'crooning' of his bass voice while working around his house, his deep chested laugh, and that ever present twinkle in his eye... like he is 'getting away' with something.

Vaya con Dios y Diosa mi hermano, compadre, y mi amigo!

-The Morrisons

Paul Bertulis

April 2, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Ray for several years and our relationship is something I'll always remember. He was a great co-worker, friend, and more importantly, a family man.

He talked about his family a lot and I remember how excited he was when he got the call that his son got a new job. We were sitting in my car watching an intersection and just hearing how excited he was talking on the phone made me smile and happy for him. Once he hung up, that's all he could talk about!

I also remember his love of classic rock and him talking about his roots. We spent many of hours in my car talking while making observations about intersections citizens made complaints about. I remember one time someone called 911 and reported *us* as suspiciously watching school children cross the road to school. As it turns out, that same citizen is the one who made the initial complaint to bring us out in the first place! We laughed and laughed about that one for a long time!

There's a road sign on Montgomery Road that I guess was an after thought and was forgotten about when improvements were made. When I told Ray about it, he made it a priority and it has helped many of motorists. The elderly couple that approached me about it initially were so thankful and every time I drive by the sign myself, I think of Ray.

It was a sad day when Ray retired and an even sadder day yesterday when I got the news of his passing. I hope his family takes solace in the fact that he touched so many lives - more than you can ever imagine. And he made a difference for sure. Most importantly, he loved all of you and he told everyone that would listen.

Nancy Jones

April 2, 2021

I worked with Ray at the SHA in Frederick for many years. I will never forget his professionalism and smile. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.

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Ray P. Mercado

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The Wedding

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Ray P. Mercado

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The Wedding

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Saed, Lisa, Ray, Bren

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This is us

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Ray, Alex, and Johnny

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Bass Man (Mercado Reunion)

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Bass Man

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Ray & Alex

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Buff Ray

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Biker Dude