Raymond James Zaworski, 65 of Salisbury passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. He was born September 10, 1952 in Baltimore, MD to Martin and Marie Zaworski. Raymond grew up in Baltimore, graduated from Patapsco Sr. HS and attended Dundalk Community College. Ray joined the service at the young age of 19 and served his Country honorably. During his time in the US Army he earned the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter Badges with the M16 and BAR. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 64.
After being honorably discharged from the US Army, Ray was employed by the Federal Government as a senior sheet metal mechanic at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD. He was blessed with an aptitude for mechanical work and carpentry. He used these skills during his career at Aberdeen to engage in work that supported important and often classified military and scientific projects that were part of our national defense.
Ray grew up in Baltimore and spent much of his adult life in Baltimore County where he and Suzanne lived until he retired. He relocated to Salisbury MD to enjoy other aspects of his life. He lived an eclectic life and had a zest for life; he enjoyed travel and was somewhat adventuresome. He loved the outdoors, you could often find Ray and Suzie enjoying the sun on the beach at Ocean City, MD. He spent a great deal of his free time camping, boating, fishing, crabbing, snorkeling and doing a myriad of beach and water activities. He also enjoyed travel; his favorite destinations were tropical, including the Caribbean, Bermuda, Florida beaches, and places like Key West, Bermuda being his favorite destination.
Ray was quite the self-taught chef, and a student of Emeril Lagasse during the early days of “Food TV” broadcasts. His food was restaurant quality, an inescapable fact for anyone who tasted his Maryland crab soup, crab imperial, or numerous other dishes. He had a life-long love affair with anything crab, especially steamed crabs. When crabs were in season, he would go crabbing, catch and steam them. This was always followed by helpings of streamed crabs, crab cakes and his outrageous crab soup.
He was a motorcycle enthusiast and was proud of his custom soft-tail Harley MC. Ray would spend time in his garage working on his “bike” which he kept in meticulous condition. He enjoyed riding with other motorcyclists’ friends, participating in events like Poker Runs, Toys for Tots MC Runs, and “Bike Week” events at different locales.
From a more personal vantage point, Ray was a kind and gentle person. Being an animal lover, he and Suzie welcomed and cared for stray cats; the cats still congregate on their back porch where they are assured of daily meals, care and affection. To those that knew him well, he was one of the few people you could trust and about whom you would have difficulty finding something negative to say. He was a gift to family and friends; it was an honor to have known and loved him. We are consoled by the fact that God had plans for him and took him to a better place. None-the-less, he will indeed be missed.
Ray is survived by his wife Suzanne, brother-in-law Dave Piersol, daughter Rene’ Zaworski, brother Martin Zaworski and Sister-in-law Regina, his sister Elaine Frisino and brother-in-law Louis, sister Patricia Long, sister Joanne Gabriel and brother-in-law Pete, nieces Melissa Peirsol, Helen Belt , Elaine Davilla, Tina Wymer, nephews Jimmy Long, Marty Zaworski, Chris Zaworski and Louis Frisino.
Inurnment with military honors will be private at the Eastern Shore Veteran’s Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service a division of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, MD 21811. Please visit www.easternshorecremation.com to express condolences to the family.