OBITUARY

Raymond David Novak

May 24, 1938March 31, 2010

Raymond David (Ray) Novak, 71 of Georgetown, Texas, passed away at North Austin Medical Center on March 31, 2010 surrounded by his wife, Margit, his sons and grandsons after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on May 24, 1938, to Leonard and Ann Novak. He grew up in Jersey City the eldest of four siblings.

On December 29, 1973, Ray and Margit were married and lived in Hope, New Jersey, where they spent 22 wonderful years. They enjoyed traveling and spending fun times with friends at their “Polish Ponderosa”. They followed the grandkids and moved to Round Rock, Texas in 1996 and moved to Georgetown, Texas in 2006.

Ray spent most of his business career in the computer software industry, working in various companies over the years at all levels of management. Upon his retirement in 1999, he started up his own small business which he ran and managed until his death. “Pops” loved to hunt and fish with his sons and grandsons, and enjoyed telling the tall tales of the ones that got away. He was also an avid golfer and spent many years stalking the elusive hole-in-one. Ray will be missed by all his friends at Berry Creek in Georgetown, all of whom affectionately called him “Pops”.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and first-born son, Larry. Left to treasure his memory are his beloved wife of 37 years, Margit of Georgetown, Texas; his brother, Dennis Novak and wife Diane of Fort Meyers, Florida; his sisters, Leonora Tallo and Arlene Novak both of Garland, Texas; his sons, Keith and wife Darla of Austin, Texas and Michael of Bastrop, Texas. He also survived by his grandsons, Chris, Randy and Ryan; granddaughter, Melissa; great-granddaughter, Isabelle; nephews, Jeff and Leonard Tallo; and nieces, Kim Bailey and Cheryl Lynch.

A memorial service celebrating Ray’s life will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Philips United Methodist Church, 16321 Great Oaks Drive in Round Rock, Texas with Dr. Dale Schultz officiating. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Dennis Welch and his staff and Dr. Rajeed Prakash of the Austin Diagnostic Clinic as well as the awesome nursing staff on the Third Floor North. Their care and compassion for Ray and the whole family during this terrible ordeal was utterly fantastic.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in remembrance of Ray to Wounded Warrior Project or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Karen Tulp Kielblock

September 27, 2021

Ray was my mentor and boss and most influential person in my life next to my mom & dad. He was always full of life and always took care of all of us under his employ as tho we were his children.
My best times were at his and Margit’s home in Hope NJ - they loved their oasis and it was the best family home ever! Always fun. Ray came to my dad’s funeral to give me strength and came to my house to ask my dad if I could travel to London for 3 months with the company! Then took me to NYC the next day to get an expedited passport and lunch to learn how to eat properly with all that silverwear. Best boss and Big Brother ever. Wish I could have been at the funeral to pay respects and see Margot and meet kid & grandkids. Sure he was the best “POPS” ever.

May 21, 2010

So I don't forget, Happy Birthday, Love You, think about you every day, I so wish you were here, I miss you.
Arlene

Karrol Houser

April 22, 2010

Oh my word . . . great photos, comforting words from friends, and incredible memories shared as reality hits me once again. It's strange we have only known each other for 3 years because we feel as if we've always known you. Some friendships are just like this ~ simple and true. You both have inspired us and continue to do so. There is an overwhelming feeling of being someone special, to have been your friends and neighbors. There is a uniqueness about what we have shared in times of great joy, as well as in great sadness. There is no doubt that family has always been Ray's utmost source of pride, joy and love. God bless you ALL ~ you were definitely loved by him . . . always!! We miss you Raymond, you ol' poop!

Karrol & Grady :)

Lawrence & Kris Mascera

April 21, 2010

Kris and I give our sincerest condolences. I believe Kris only met you both once at our wedding, but I don't think she could ever forget either of you. I love telling her stories of how he would sit on his back porch and be my basketball coach screaming to follow through on my jump shots, (I think he just liked yelling). Or when he and Ralph would come over and pick dandelions for their dandelion wine. Ray could make me laugh with merely a few words from his deep raspy voice which I can still hear today. He will certainly be missed, always loved, and never forgotten.

Love Always,

John Clarke

April 20, 2010

I first met 'the big bear' when working for the same computer company - him in New Jersey and me, a 'limey', in London - back in 1976. He was best man at my wedding to Lucy. Although our career paths diverted, we kept in contact and the last time I saw him was when he came down from Austin when I was working in Houston a couple of years ago.

There won't be another like him; the world probably couldn't cope with another one in all honesty!

He was such a lovely man; He will be much missed.

John Clarke ....'The Limey'

Keith Borges

April 13, 2010

I feel fortunate to have had the privilege to be your friend. I enjoyed the cocktails, golf, poker, and many laughs. You will be missed.

April 13, 2010

When I met Ray we became instant buddy’s as we talked about our Hi-Tech SW solutions and programs we have worked on over the years. I was always amazed with the depth of knowledge Ray had in the field of Software and Hi-Tech management. I will miss Pops dry humor, New Jersey ‘verbiage’, and his friendship. Sincerely, Trueman Bowlen

David Cowan

April 12, 2010

He was a true friend and a mentor. I felt like his adopted son when I was around him. He made me feel right at home and always had a story to keep you laughing all the time. He enjoyed life the way he wanted. I will miss you. - David Cowan and Gary Davidson

April 12, 2010

Dear Margit and Family: Just to let you know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you all at the service tomorrow. We'll be there in spirit! Hopefully, there will be one wing-ding of a party afterwards! It's all about the living now and I know Raymond would love that as I know Joseph did when we had his!!!

Love,
Margie & Jim

April 11, 2010

Ray.....when I finally heard that you had left us, I told Len that was just like you. Did not want anyone to worry about you. We certainly had some great times together....while we were in the Service together and then in later years. It isn't going to be the same you know. You, Len and I on some of our famous romps. We are all going to miss that gruff voice and your great "jokes."

My thoughts are with Margit and your family. This ol' world will not be the same without the ol' Polish Papa. You will be missed.

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