Obituary for Raymond P. Novitski, Sr. (1930-2021)
Raymond P. Novitski, age 90, formerly of West Norriton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 6, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Swedesburg, Raymond was the son of the late Thomas Novitski and the late Catherine (nee Lazurs) Novitski, the devoted husband of the late Agnes (nee Krajnik) Novitski, the loving father of Susan McNamara (Chris), the late Karen Terpoilli (David), Miriam Eidell (John), Raymond Novitski (Teresa) and Lauren Williams (Dave), the adoring Grandpop of his grandchildren, David, Kimberlee, Joshua, Christopher, Justin, David, Matthew, Marissa and Carlee and Poppy to his great-grandchildren, Pierce, Clive, Jack, Charlie and Tucker. Raymond was one of 9 children. He is survived by his siblings, Thomas and John and his Sister-in-Law Lucy Novitski (Edward) but was predeceased by brothers, Joseph, Edward and Martin, his sisters, Mary Baranick, Josephine Holland and Martha Holland.
Mr. Novitski was a member of the former Our Mother of Sorrows Church, Knights of Columbus Council #3327 and Sacred Heart Church. He proudly served our country in The U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, earning The Army of Occupation Medal Germany and National Defense Service Medal as well as playing for the Army basketball team. He was fondly known as “Chef” or “Ray the Chef” throughout his entire career in the food industry. He had a long career at Villanova University, where he retired from in 1995. But he continued staying busy as a chef for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Sunrise Diner. Raymond was an avid Villanova basketball fan for many years, going to Nova home games, the Big East Tournament games in New York City and even proudly riding on the Championship float with the team in 1985. He enjoyed playing cards and going on family vacations, but his real love was spending time with his loving family during all holidays!
Relatives and friends are invited to Raymond’s viewing on Saturday, February 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and his Funeral Mass beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 600 Hamilton Street, Norristown, PA 19401. Interment will follow in St. Augustine Cemetery, with military honors. The family would appreciate Mass Cards, in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are by The Bernard S. Gutkowski Funeral Home, Swedesburg, Upper Merion Twp., PA, 610-275-6385, Keith J. Murphy, F.D., www.gutkowskifuneralhome.com
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