OBITUARY

Raymond A. Phelan

October 2, 1936June 10, 2014

[Upper caption: U.S Flag image – United States Veteran, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Personal Financial Specialist]

Raymond A Phelan, A Mass of Christian burial for Raymond A. Phelan will be celebrated on Saturday, June 14, at 9:00am in St. Paul’s Basilica Church with the Reverend Frank Zammit officiating. Ray died peacefully at his home after a short illness, surrounded by his wife and children on June 10. He was 77. Born in Queens into a strong Irish Catholic family, his father, grandfather and uncles were in the New York City Police Department and nurtured Ray’s service-oriented life. Ray served in the United States Army in France in the finance department which strengthened his innate talent and led him to a financial career. He then graduated from the University of Florida in 1962 and earned his Certified Public Accounting Certificate less than a year later. Ray’s continuous acts of kindness and steadfast work ethic touched thousands of lives through his accounting business which he started in Daytona in 1964. His professional knowledge and unwavering faith in God were a blessing to all who knew and worked with him. Ray married his college sweetheart Margaret at St. Paul’s Catholic Church where he is a member. He was a past member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for many years and served as president of the Parish Council and president of the Board of Education. Ray taught an accounting class at Daytona State College, served on the Board of Directors for the County Library System, and was Chairman of the Budget Committee for the City of Daytona Beach. Ray was honored for mentoring many future business students from Seabreeze High School and Bethune Cookman College. As a longtime member of the Daytona Kiwanis Club, Ray served as Treasurer and President. The American Institute of Certified Public Accounting awarded Ray a Lifetime Membership designation. Other professional memberships include the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Financial Planning Association, and the Volusia County Chapter of CPAs, serving as President. Family, clients and friends were blessed by Ray’s strength of character, strong values and absolute integrity. He devoted his life to God, his beloved wife Margaret, and his family. He enjoyed family ball games, relaxing in his backyard and playing the piano. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his wife Margaret of 54 years, sons and daughters Michael Raymond, Susan Marie, Stephen Raymond, Kevin Raymond, Kathleen Marie, Jean Marie, Dan Raymond, Mark Raymond, and fourteen grandchildren. He is survived as well by his sister Ruth A. Phelan and his brother Steve Phelan. The family will receive visitors in the church foyer immediately following the Mass and invite everyone to the reception in the Fireplace Room at the church. Memorial gifts in Ray’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Mass Saturday, June 14, 2014
  • Graveside Committal Saturday, June 14, 2014
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Raymond A. Phelan

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Ray Phelan

July 1, 2014

Margaret, Jeannie, Ruth and kids: I am so saddened to hear about your husband, father, brother. Ray will always hold a very special place in the hearts of the west coast Phelans for the many many kindnesses he showed to our parents over the years.
My prayers and love are with you all.

Ray Phelan

Sharon and Rob Menzel

June 25, 2014

Remembering Ray as a wonderfully kind and generous man with the most beautiful heartfelt smile...he will be missed by all who knew him.

Love and Prayers-

June 24, 2014

I was saddened to learn of Raymond's death. I am the same age as Raymond and we often joked about who was the oldest. He had a good sense of humor and always made me smile. My parents, Mabel and Jim, always talked about the wonderful things he did for them when they lived in Daytona Beach. Raymond and his family will always be in my thoughts and especially my prayers.
Margaret Phelan Johnson

June 24, 2014

Dear Margaret and Family
Just learned of your loss and we send our sincere condolences . I have fond memories of seeing him and some of the children and of all he did for my Parent's when they lived in Daytona Beach . Kathleen Phelan Gaffney

June 22, 2014

We have known Ray as the consummate professional. He assisted us with our finances & taxes while at the same time he always exhibited quiet kindness. He will be greatly missed. Treena Kaye & Art Litka

Harvey Fox

June 15, 2014

We are so sorry for the loss of Ray. He was a dear friend and his smile and positive attitude will be missed by us.Love, Dr. Fox & Vicky

Dr. Obleton

June 14, 2014

With sincere condolences. May God Bless the Phelan Family in this time of sorrow.

Crisi Murphy

June 14, 2014

My the family find peace in his home going.

June 14, 2014

Margaret and family,
We're so very shocked and sorry to hear about Ray's passing. He was such a good man. Please accept our and Mom's (Aimee Allam's) condolences .

Prayers and love
Wendy and Gil Linkswiler

June 14, 2014

To the Phelan Family.
I have known Ray since 1979. He was a good friend ,a gentleman, confidant,and
always available. He always gave me sound advice, and will never forget him.
May his soul rest in peace. Our condolences to his family.
Dr.& Mrs. C.W.Kelly Parke
Easley,S.C.29640