OBITUARY

Charles Ray Tilley Jr.

September 21, 1932July 26, 2018

Charles Ray Tilley Jr of Fillmore born on Sept.21,1932 in Oxnard,CA passed away on July 26,2018. Ray Tilley was beloved by all who knew him. His zest for life, his always positive attitude, and especially his sharp wit and outrageous sense of humor. He was always able to see the humor in every situation one faces in life, including death. Ray graduated from Villanova Prep in Ojai, and was a proud graduate of The University of Norte Dame. He was an Army Vet of the Korean War, after which he began his long career with General Electric Corp, from which he retired at age 65. Never married, and living in Hollywood where he had many dear friends, he became a world traveler and was fascinated by people and cultures around the globe. He organized tours to Ireland and Italy for friends and McGrath descendants. A voracious reader and history buff, he became a tour guide in the U.S., and was particularly taken with the American Indian cultures. In later years he sold his home in Hollywood and returned to Ventura County, settling in Fillmore near cousins and family he loved. His last stop before leaving us at almost 85, was spent at the Fillmore Country Club, where he lifted up residents and staff alike with his humor. He will be greatly missed by them, and by family and friends who loved and laughed with, and at him, all the days of his life. Charles was preceded in death by parents Charles Ray Tilley and Genevieve Doud Tilley; niece Joanne Marie Suda Willoughby. He is survived by his sisters Suzanne Suda and Joanne Murphy; nephews John, David, Stephen, Paul Michael Suda, Kevin Murphy; niece Kathleen Murphy; grand-nephews, grand-nieces and many cousins. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church 1048 Ventura St.,Fillmore, CA on Wednesday August 15,2018 at10:00am.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Charles Ray Tilley Jr.

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Teresa Lockbaum-O'Connor

August 16, 2018

I had the pleasure of getting to know "Ray" while working with him during my time at the University of Notre Dame. He always had a great story to share and made my job more enjoyable; he was my friend. I always smile when I think of Ray and he'll always have a piece of my heart.
My sympathy to the Tilley family and friends.
Teresa O'Connor

Brian Oleary

August 16, 2018

Ray aka Charley knew each other since 1972 when we worked together at GE n Los Angeles.
Some of my great memories include river rafting on the Salmon river in Idaho, going to Dodger
games in Ray's Oldsmobile convertible and parking in his reserved spot just a few feet from his
box seats, attending Ray's black-tie birthday bash at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, taking his dogs
on long walks, going on those Windstar Sailing cruises in Martinique and in Monte Carlo to
Venice, arriving on the Grand Canal at sunrise. The funniest memory was when Ray came home from one of his trips abroad to see that the house sitter/ dog sitter had rearranged all of Ray's
books by the color of the book covers ! Ray was not amused--he spent a month resorting the
books back to their prior locations. It's been great knowing you and hope we will connect in
the next life.
BRIAN O. LOUISVILLE, KY



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