Raymond W. Syvari

April 19, 2020


Raymond Walter Syvari

Dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.


Raymond Walter Syvari at the age of 97 passed away peacefully at his daughter and her husband's home in Ashburnham, on April 19th. Ray was born on October 31, 1922 a son of the late Oscar Syvari and Aliina Syvari.  Ray graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1940. He was in the marching band which he played the clarinet.  He also loved to play the saxophone in his younger years.


Ray was an Army Veteran of World War II, department of engineering.  After serving his country for two years, he then enrolled in New England School of Art in Boston.  After completing his studies, Ray was Employed at General  Electric in Fitchburg as a Technical Illustrator for thirty two years.


At the age of forty three Ray and his wife Kay who were sole mates started up running and were members of the Y.M.C.A in Fitchburg.  They both became avid runners, which lead them to many local road races here in Fitchburg.  At the age of fifty nine, Ray and Kay ran their first Boston Marathon together and completed one more two years later. 


Ray relished spending time outdoors with his family, which included snow skiing, cross country skiing during the winter and summers were spent at his summer cottage in Ashburnham, Ma. on lake Winnekeag.  Ray immensely enjoyed water skiing, biking, hiking at Mt. Monadnock and Mt. Washington with his wife and two daughters, then in later years he shared the same joy with his four grandchildren. 


Ray is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Syvari of Swanzey New Hampshire, Barbara Atkinson and her husband Mark Atkinson of Ashburnham, grandchildren Bryan Marotta, Leah Phillips and her husband Travis Phillips, Kirk Atkinson, Nicholas Atkinson, one great grandchild Oliver Phillips.  Ray is predeceased by his wife Kay Syvari,  They were married for sixty two years.


The family would like to thank Jill McDonald from Always on Call for her outstanding, loving care and support that she gave Ray, along with Umass Health Alliance- Home Health Care and Hospice.

Funeral services are being held privately due to current restrictions.


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