Raymond F. Emidy, 83, of North Smithfield, passed away December 20, 2019 at Overlook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Raymond E. and Mildred M. (Gnecco) Emidy.
Extremely active into his 82nd year, Raymond enjoyed bicycling, walking, and snowshoeing. “Uncle Ray” was an excellent artist, working mostly in watercolors but also making countless funny sketches, cards, gift wrap, Christmas wreaths and decorations, and costumes for his nieces and nephews and their children. A member of the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen cycling club for decades, he designed multiple ride patches and t-shirts for the club over the years. He also designed a patch for the League of American Wheelmen’s 1980 100th anniversary celebration in Newport. A history and architecture enthusiast, he was a member of the Providence Preservation Society, Friends of Hearthside, and Preserve Rhode Island.
Reserved and proper, Raymond had a quick wit and enjoyed sharing a laugh with his family and friends, but it was the silent, knowing facial expressions that let you know he was in on the joke - without being the center of attention - that will endure in our memories.
Raymond graduated from Woonsocket High School and attended Bryant College and the Boston Museum School. He was employed by the R.I. Department of Human Services for 28 years prior to retiring.
He is survived by his brother, Thomas W. Emidy and his wife Diane of Harrisville; nieces and nephews Holly Emidy and her partner Michael Bilodeau of Warren, Kevin Emidy and his fiancée Kate Prendergast of Florida, Jeffrey Emidy and his wife Melissa of Woonsocket, and Elizabeth Aldrich and her husband Andrew, Michael Emidy, and Christopher Emidy of Burrillville; as well as several great-nieces and -nephews, and a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Emidy of Woonsocket. He was the eldest brother of the late Linda A. Emidy, PhD., Donald R. Emidy, and David A. Emidy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 11 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, Church St., Slatersville, RI. The family will greet guests beginning at 10 AM in the church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Raymond would like his friends to remember him in prayer. Arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St. Woonsocket, RI.
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