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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

Rayford Herman Calamari, Sr.

April 7, 1931February 7, 2020
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Rayford Herman Calamari, Sr., passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the age of 88. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana and resident of River Ridge. He was a dedicated 52 year member of the Carpenters and Piledrivers Local No. 1846 where he served as an officer of the local. In addition, he furthered his trade by instructing apprentices at the Carpenter’s Apprenticeship School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War in the 25th Infantry Division.

Beloved husband of the late Catherine Mistretta Calamari. Son of the late Anthony and Lina Millet Calamari. Loving father of Maryanne Calamari Ward, Rayford H. Calamari, Jr. (Elizabeth) and Lennard C. Calamari (Christine). Brother of Barbara Calamari DiMaggio and the late Anthony Jr., Norman, Joseph and Marion Calamari. Adoring grandfather of Maria Nides, Marissa Nides and Nicholas Calamari. Great grandfather of Brycen and Colten Wattigny. Brother-in-law of Kelly Mistretta, Salvador Mistretta, Mary Dandry, Christine Lewis, Theresa Calamari, Betty Calamari and Mary Ann Calamari.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial in the chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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Frank DENNY

February 14, 2020

Sorry for your lost. I worked with your dad at Helwig Const. He was a very gifted carpenter and a very nice man. What I remember most about him was the Italian cookies that your mama baked for the St. Joseph's altar that he would share at work. It's been years since I worked with your dad but always think of him and your mom when St. Joseph day comes next month.
Your family is in my prayers,
Frank Denny

joann mistretta

February 10, 2020

ray was one of the nicest guys i ever knew. everyone loved him. he will be missed. he loved when i brought him my oranges and i loved when they sent me home with those great italian fig cakes. I know he's happy now with his katy.

Sharon A. Galman ( Funeral Director)

February 9, 2020

The entire staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home wishes to express our sincere condolences.

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