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Bounds Funeral Home

705 E Main St, Salisbury, MD

OBITUARY

Raymond Vincent Szmajda

November 13, 1949October 21, 2019
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Raymond V. Szmajda, 69, of Salisbury, left us at 7:50pm on Monday, October 21, 2019 at PRMC while surrounded by family. Though Ray lived much of his life in Salisbury, Ray was born in Baltimore and grew up in Easton where he graduated high school. Ray attended the University of Maryland, College Park, earning his Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts degrees. He was an artist & poet and had a way with the pen and words. Ray was a collector and a student of the Bible and history. A lover of cats, neighbors, friends, and family, Ray always had a smile on his face; he was happy and full of joy in life despite the hardships; his positive outlook was contagious; he had a tendency to touch and change lives; he left a memorable impression on everyone who crossed his path. We all know Ray had a kind heart, loved helping people, and was a natural born caretaker. He would give his drawings away to anyone who appreciated them. The son of Anna Mae Lyons Wilkinson and Milton Szmajda Sr. and the stepson of Gary Wilkinson Sr., Ray has joined them along with his brothers Milton Joseph Szmajda Jr., Gary Edmond Wilkinson Jr, and Bart Szmajda. He is survived by his brother Bruce Szmajda and his sisters Sharon Eburg and Diane Armstrong, and their families. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Bounds Funeral Home in Salisbury. A visitation will be held on Thursday evening at the funeral home 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Interment will be at Wicomico Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in Raymond’s name to the Humane Society – Somerset County, that took his cats, P.O. Box 493, Princess Anne, MD 21853.

  • FAMILY

  • Anna Mae Lyons Wilkinson, Mother (deceased)
  • Milton Szmajda Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Gary Wilkinson Sr., Stepfather (deceased)
  • Bruce Szmajda & family, Brother
  • Sharon Eburg & family, Sister
  • Diane Armstrong & family, Sister
  • Milton Joseph Szmajda Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Gary Edmond Wilkinson Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Bart Szmajda, Brother (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Humane Society - Somerset County

Services

  • Vistitation Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Final Resting Place Friday, October 25, 2019

Memories

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From Facebook

October 24, 2019

‎Lance Sheridan‎ You will be missed, my dear friend.

Lindsay Elizabeth Naill ❤️ oh “rainman” i’ll hold onto the coin you gave me a little tighter now. RIP. thank you for your kind soul.

Paul Davis Sorry for you loss I worked with Raymond at Pohanka he was a good hearted man ❤️

Rick Cisneros SO VERY SORRY HE WAS AND IS A FRIEND.

Chris Roberts We are so sorry.

Matt Roberts I am so sorry.

Jami Butler Post Oh I LOVED Raymond! This just hurts my heart. He will be missed.

Donnie Lejeune So sorry Bruce. ..Ray was a great neighbor for 20yrs. Really loved your brother.

Kimberly Lyons McNeill So sad to hear this Bruce. Ray had such a good heart.

Alyssa Machcinski-Chilcoate Raymond was one of the kindest, sweetest, most genuine person you'd ever met...great sense of humor and always wearing a smile. He brought light wherever he went. I'll miss the tales he used to tell😥...to my fellow polack!

Dianne Shaw I’m sorry Bruce. Ray often called to check on my mother.

Faye Brobst-Elliott Raymond was always smiling and telling us his stories. I will make sure to keep my coin close! Thank you Raymond for all that you did! You will be dearly missed my friend... 😪

Phil Schlotzhauer Sorry to hear

Colleen Nichols He was such a kind soul. I'm so very sorry to here of this, but know that he is smiling down on us right now. RIP Raymond. My heart smiled Everytime I saw you.

Melissa Williams Good bye Raymond Szmajda you were a kind person and you will be missed my friend .. I’m glad I got to see you recently and I’m happy to have a message from you on my vmail - god bless you always 😔

From Facebook:

October 24, 2019

Allison Lyons Pomroy So sorry to hear this. I'm so glad we were able to say goodbye. I know he is free of pain now and surrounded with love.

Mike Culver Darlene Cole-Culver

Diana Chapman so sorry to hear

Dottie Walls So sorry. Ray used to stop by and visit with my mom and dad
Donnie Lejeune Ray was a good neighbor

Anne Ghormley Kramer Love you Ray! God bless you!🙏

Nina DiCarlo East Oh Raymond I am so sorry. I will miss you buddy!

Keith Doxzon Ray you will be missed my friend. Sad for us but great for you.

Jeff N Samantha Seaton Rainman I really enjoyed our talks about your coins and about your abstract art and everything in between you were such a great guy rest easy my friend

Debe Lyons Frankenfield Bruce I’m really sad to hear this. I had not seen Ray in quite a while, but I got a very sweet note from him when Dick died in June. I hope they’re up there swapping stories. ❤️

Vaughn Willenberger You will be missed! And will always be be in our hearts! I enjoyed your stories so much! It was a great day to see your excitement with a new coin and to hear the history behind it!

Harry DiPalma sorry for your loss Ray will be missed. keep him in your heart and he will always be close by.

Kathleen Combs So very sorry to hear this sad news. We had recently reconnected. Went to high school together.

Wayne Howard I went to high school with Ray. Ray was always friendly and fun to be around. So sorry to hear about his passing.

Linda Marshall So sorry.

Steven Liller I will miss you buddy

Sean O'Rourke Miss you, Ray! So sorry to hear this. Such a great person and giving person, he was.

Michael Newby

October 24, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Bowie, MD / Friend

Jamal Parham

October 23, 2019

May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time.

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Biography

Though Ray lived much of his life in Salisbury, Ray was born in Baltimore and grew up in Easton where he graduated high school.
Ray attended the University of Maryland, College Park, earning his Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts degrees. He was an artist & poet and had a way with the pen and words. Ray was a collector and a student of the Bible and history.
A lover of cats, neighbors, friends, and family, Ray always had a smile on his face; he was happy and full of joy in life despite the hardships; his positive outlook was contagious; he had a tendency to touch and change lives; he left a memorable impression on everyone who crossed his path. We all know Ray had a kind heart, loved helping people, and was a natural born caretaker. He would give his drawings away to anyone who appreciated them.