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Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

OBITUARY

Raymond R. Miklos III

June 30, 1998March 5, 2020

Raymond Ronald Miklos III of Madison, son of Susan and Raymond passed away suddenly March 5, 2020. We remember the passion he had for baseball seeing him on the fields with his father downtown and played twelve years for Madison. The garage was full of baseballs due to his tremendous swing hitting home runs with composite bats and bringing the “Wood Bat” rule to Madison.

West Point noticed his talents playing the “Hot Corner” and called him to play. As a sophomore, he continued to work on his engineering degree at the University of Bridgeport keeping close with his friends at the Fones School of Dental Hygiene. Raymond touched the lives of many in music, sports, arts and sciences. All those close to him knew his respectful sense of humor and quick wit.

He leaves behind his sister Dr. Kristen Pontiff, her husband Dr. Kyle Pontiff, nephew Henry Joseph Pontiff, brother Retired Sergeant Joseph Buttafuoco, Aunt Elyse, Uncle Andrew, “Unca Jeff”, Aunt Leslie, Uncle Joe and dozens of cousins.

Raymond will always be with us as he continues to give to others with his heart for life and sight with his eyes. When you meet someone new, shake hands with kindness and good will as you may be reuniting with Raymond through his donations. Rest in Peace Ray, we love you dearly – You hit your final home run, OTF kiddo.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 3 pm - 8 pm in the Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Rd., Madison. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held DIRECTLY in St. Margaret's Church, 24 Academy St., Madison on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9 am. Burial will immediately follow Mass in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, 60 Lafayette Street, Bridgeport, CT. Attention: Director Manski, MS

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Burial Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Memories

Raymond R. Miklos III

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Jessica Vasco

March 17, 2020

You will be missed handsome ! ❤️

David Kwiat

March 14, 2020

I first became friends with Ray when we were the only two boys who decided to play violin in the 5th grade, and the next two years we sat next to each other every class and shared many laughs and smiles together. Throughout middle and high school, Ray never failed to brighten my day with a smile, joke, or conversation every time we crossed paths. We both shared a love for baseball, but I was always envious of the natural talent and extreme work ethic Ray possessed from a young age. One game in little league, I got hit in the foot by during a game he was pitching, and the pain was so intense I couldn't even return to the game!Ray fell two outs shy of a no-hitter that day, and the only reason was because he had to get taken out because of the pitch count rule. After he returned from West Point, I was lucky enough to hang out with Ray several times these past few three years and learned how beyond baseball, he was an extremely talented guitarist, poet, lyricist, artist, trainer, and friend. Whatever Ray did, he gave it 100%. I can't remember a single conversation with Ray where he wasn't smiling and made me feel like the most important person in the room, and I take comfort in knowing we will meet him again someday in the Lord's kingdom. Until then, rest easy Ray.

Oliver Gross

March 13, 2020

Ray was always just simply kind. We grew up alongside each other and although we were in different social groups, we were still super friendly towards each other. We didn't spend a lot of one on one time with each other but always supported each other in classes. He was an amazing person and I know his kindness inspired others. In that way, he will always live on.

AnnMarie Moolenaar

March 13, 2020

Ray and I were very close friends my plebe year at West Point. I remember he would always come to hang out in my room to chat or play the guitar or order food. We used to have so many deep conversations while eating American Burrito. Ray was one of the sweetest and most caring people I have met. He always had something to say to lighten the mood and make us laugh about our situation. I remember I was having a bad day one time and Ray sent me a text to check the fridge and he had bought me my favorite ice cream and left it in there. He was so thoughtful and always wanted others around him to be happy. I cherish my time I had with him and I will always remember him. I send all of my love to his family and friends.

Myles Mantzaris

March 12, 2020

I’ll never forget Ray and I’s undefeated baseball season on the Yankees. I miss our catches during the warmup, when we couldn’t stop laughing and messing around. I miss our postgame ice cream runs or sitting on the hill at JC field, watching the next round of baseball games. Season after season, whether on the same or opposing teams, Ray was always one of the kindest and most humble people I’ve met. He was easily the best player on the field and he didn’t keep his knowledge and wisdom from anyone. He never bragged. He wanted to share this with everyone around him. Ray is a true legend.

Max Sechena

March 11, 2020

Ray was my basic training roommate, and one of the first friends I made at school. I remember a lot of great times with Ray, but I’ll limit myself to just one story. He was always talking about how bad he wanted more and better food. It was a daily fixation. He even made up a cadence about MREs and Calories. It had quite the ring to it. As it was drawing to a close, we made a master plan about what we would eat and how much. After we finished, we went with his family and ate about 3 days worth of meals inside of 2 hours. It’s still one of the best memories I have of school. I remember there was never a dull moment with him, and he always put a smile on everyone’s face. He had the best sense of humor. He brought so much light and joy to each and everyone of us. We stayed great friends through out of first year. My heart goes out to his family in this troubled time, and I just want to say he will always be my brother. Rest In Peace, Ray. I will miss him dearly.

Ryan Garb

March 11, 2020

We played baseball together for the better part of a decade. He always told me he trusted me the most as his catcher and it showed. Our greatest memory being or stint going for the Little League World Series.

Ray always had a smile on his face with nothing but good things to say about everyone he knew.

Rest In Peace brother, you’ll always have a space on my heart and many memories from our childhood baseball games.

Nicholas Shelton

March 11, 2020

I was Ray’s Squad Leader at school for Sandhurst. He always brought a smile to peoples’ faces and added to the energy for our Sandhurst Team. May you Rest In Peace bro. Your music, humor, and energy will be missed.

Dana Grato

March 10, 2020

Sue and Ray, I cannot believe this beautiful soul is gone from our world. Our heart breaks for your loss. Ray was probably Jared’s first friend in Madison-a bond they shared thru their school years and sports, and he will carry that with him always. We are honored to have watched him grow up. Thank you for sharing your wonderful son . He is forever in our hearts. Sending our love, The Gratos

Amanda F

March 10, 2020

Professor Miklos & family,

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I know just how special of a person Raymond was because of how highly his mother always spoke of him. She was always so proud! It is not hard to see how many lives he has positively touched! Sending you all the love in the world during this difficult time.

Xoxo,
Amanda F

FROM THE FAMILY