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Raymond Harold Anderson
  • October 22, 1932 - March 1, 2018
  • Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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“My condolences to all the Amderson family. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Jeannette Banks (Irene McCargo's Daughter) - MO

“Vaneda,Your father and mother were such a beautiful couple. Their love for each other was strong enough to include others. I thank God for allowing...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Vivian Brooks-White - Vineland

“Mr. Raymond was one of the nicest people I have ever known. We worked together at First Baptst when he was Chairman of the Trustees and I was Church...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Janice Watson - Woodbury, NJ

“Vaneda and Harold, May God grant you love and peace during this difficult time. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Pat Wallace - Sewell, NJ

“One man I can remember with pride always a smile a kind word to make your day . Ray was a special friend Rest In Peace my friend you have earned your...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Barry Wilke - Wildwood, NJ

“Dear Veneda & Harold, My sincerest, sympathy to the entire family at the lost of Raymond. My family spent our summers in Stone Harbor , in the...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Edwina Romney Thompson - NY

“Vaneda & Harold - words can not express how I feel at the passing of Uncle Ray. Aunt Val and Uncle Ray were the babies of the aunts and uncles. That...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Rita Chambers - Philadelphia, PA

“Heart felt prayers are with you and your family my friend. Your father will be truly missed. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Loretta Ramsey - Port Saint Lucie, FL

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Raymond Harold Anderson, 85, of Cape May Court House, NJ, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Ray, Uncle Raymond or "Poppa Ray", as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren, was born the youngest son of twelve siblings to Charles and Emma Anderson, on October 22, 1932 in Urbana, Virginia.

He came to New Jersey as a teen with his four brothers, Charles, Hunter, Arthur and Claudius, who have all predeceased him. They lived together in Stone Harbor at their Aunt Jane's home. Ray and his brothers all found employment at the local lumber yard for many years before moving on to new occupations. Three of his sisters, Emma, Della and Jane remained in Virginia while Margaret, Eleanor and Marion migrated to Pennsylvania; leaving Ellen to make her home in New Jersey. His seven sisters also predeceased him.

It was in Stone Harbor, where he met his future bride, Valeria Maria Chambers of Camden, NJ during one of her summer visits with her family. After a period of dating he was called to join the Army during the Korean War in 1953. He married his sweetheart in June, months after his enlistment. Ray was stationed in Colorado and Vermont until his honorable discharge in 1955. The couple returned to South Jersey where he began another chapter in his life.

This union blessed them with three children: daughter Vaneda Arlene, and sons Raymond H. Jr. "Buddy", who died at age eleven and Harold David. He returned to the lumber yard for a few years before securing a bus driver and custodial position at Stone Harbor Public Schools. He spent the next 28 years as a faithful employee there before retiring in June of 1989. As the hardworking man that he was, the public school system was not the only hat he wore. He also worked at the local movie theater and boat marina before starting his own business of lawn care and home renovation to compensate and include the off season.

He eventually purchased a piece of land in Cape May Court House where he built his dream home for his family. This is where Ray and Valeria remained husband and wife for 61 years until her death in February 2015.

Along with his passion for hard work he had other interests that brought him joy: fishing, bowling, working the machines at the casinos, betting horses at the Atlantic City Horse Track, playing pool and entertaining friends and family, which was his favorite.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Whitesboro, NJ singing with "The Maletones" an all-male inspirational singing group.

He and Valeria later became members of Macedonia Baptist Church in Cape May, NJ.

His presence in the lives of many family and friends will truly be missed; but the memories left behind will forever be etched in the minds and spirit of those he loved and loved him back.

He leaves to rejoice in these passionate memories his children, Vaneda and Harold; grandchildren, Kameron, Kaitlyn and Karlie; a sister-in-law Blanche and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Radzieta Funeral Home, 9 Hand Avenue, Cape May Court House, where viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Cape May Court House. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.