Raymond Joseph Bordynski

November 28, 2013

Raymond Joseph Bordynski
Raymond passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at age 95. Prominent funeral director and dedicated public servant. Attended Syracuse University and Syracuse Simmons School of Mortuary Science. World War II veteran who served & trained at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. Served 3 yrs in the US Army in the Theater of European Operations as a surgical medical technician. Ray founded Bordynski Funeral Home in 1945 and retired in 1980. He served on the Syracuse Common Council, County Board of Supervisors, was County Legislator and then spent 20 years on the Syracuse Planning Commission. In his day, Ray was active in many professional, government, and church related activities. He was a member of the Republican Citizen’s Committee, Empire State Republican Council, West End Republican Club, Syracuse Boys’ Club Old Boys Association, Honorary Member Onondaga-Oswego Funeral Directors Association, Sacred Heart Parish Council, Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, Honorary Member of IJ Paderewski Choir, active in St Stanislaus and St Joseph societies, as well as St Louis Club and Polish Home. He was a trustee for Myrtle Hill Cemetery for over 30yrs and managed Sacred Heart Cemetery for 8 yrs. Member of American Legion Post 41, Polish Legion American Veterans Post 14, Conley Nojaim Post 30, Polish American Veterans WWII Post 1 and the West End Survivors’ Club.Honorary member of the YMCA (SYAC Club) for over 60 years, playing handball for 30+ years. He found great camaraderie at the Y and was known as the “Goodwill Ambassador” at his ‘2nd home’. A lounge, TV, and plaque were dedicated to Ray from the ‘Y guys’ in honor of his 80th birthday for his years of personal service.Ray is survived by his loving wife of almost 51 yrs, Mary M. (Kalina), two wonderful daughters, Deborah (Gregory) Vangellow and Alexandria (Russell) Schwartzbeck, both in the Rochester area; 3 grandsons-Conner & Parker Vangellow and Andrew Schwartzbeck; 2 granddaughters, Madison Vangellow and Elisabeth Schwartzbeck. Calling Hours : Wednesday 4 to 7 PM Hollis Funeral Home 1105 West Genesee Street Syracuse. Funeral Services: Thursday 10:30 AM in The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Jesus Burial with Military Honors will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Geddes.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center, 600 Doat St, Buffalo, NY 14211; SPAC, 5878 E. Molloy Rd, Mattydale, NY 13211: or Sacred Heart Basilica, 927 Park Ave, Syracuse, NY 13204.

Guest Book Entries
  1. Brian Langdon :

    Date: December 2, 2013 @

    I have fond memories of Ray! He used to “sponsor” our youth bowling team many years ago. He was a fixture of the west end and always good to the youth!! As a child my Dad and I would shampoo the rugs at Bordynski Funeral Home. It seems that all of my family relied on Ray to care for their loved ones when needed. He always did a fabulous job. It was a pleasure to have known you Ray!! God Bless!

  2. Patty Knight Scholl :

    Date: December 2, 2013 @

    I always enjoyed my conversations with your Dad at the local funeral directors association meetings.

    I will remember your father as a kind-hearted man who cared about everyone around him.

    I extend my condolences to you and your entire family.

  3. Laurieann Tebben :

    Date: December 2, 2013 @

    So sorry for your loss, Deb. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless your spunky, fun dad! Love and hugs to all.


  4. Sharon (Falkowski) Sobotka :

    Date: December 2, 2013 @

    To the Family of Ray:

    My mom (Jennie Waluszczak) grew up in the same neighborhood as Ray….and we got to know Ray as we grew up thru the many wakes and funerals at the Bordynski Funeral Home. Ray always made sure our family was comforted and was more than a funeral home director…he was like family to all of us.
    God blessed all of us with his gentleness and his presence and dignity in our saddest hours.
    May God bless all of his family at this sad time in your lives.

  5. Lynn Stasior :

    Date: December 2, 2013 @

    Sending heartfelt condolances and blessings to Deb, Greg and all the Bordynskis. With love, Lynn

  6. Karen & Joe Hajski :

    Date: December 2, 2013 @

    Alexa, Debbie and family – just wanted to leave a short message saying how sorry we were to hear of Ray’s passing. It is hard to lose a parent on the holidays (my father passed on Easter Sunday 2 years ago). You will always be able to remember the good times you had with him. Take care.

  7. Ron and Nancy Cummings :

    Date: December 2, 2013 @

    Mary, Debbie and Alexis,
    I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s death, I am in Florida and unable to attend calling hours. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Nancy Trojnar Cummings

  8. Al & Dotty Caza :

    Date: December 2, 2013 @

    Mary– We’re so saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. As you know, we were very good friends and Ray actually drove us at our wedding in 1955. My dad and I were Ray’s barbers until I retired. So many memories! We pray for him and for you and your family, Mary. We have been living in Audubon, PA. for 3 1/2 years in a retirement community. Two of our daughters and their families are near us. We hope that you’re in good health. We’re doing okay and are enjoying our place here. We do miss Syracuse and so many of the friends that we left behind. We’ll miss Ray. He was a special person.

  9. William (Billy) & Carol Leonard :

    Date: December 3, 2013 @

    Condolences to the family. I am in Florida and unable to attend the wake and mass. I remember all the fun and crazy times when Ray was teaching me how to ski. We traveled all over NY & Canada on Sundays. Ironic, we missed mass and Ray’s boat was named “My Sin”. I will see you again my friend, on the slopes, if you are not too busy.

    Billy & Carol Leonard

  10. Beth Wight :

    Date: December 3, 2013 @

    Dolly, Deb, Alexandria

    I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. May he rest in peace. Love to you all.

    Beth Wight (Pat/Tom’s sister-in-law)

  11. Ralph Gazda :

    Date: December 3, 2013 @

    My dad told me how Ray would buy groceries and leave them at people’s houses during the tough years. He did that for my dad’s family. Ray was a wonderful man who made the sad times at family funerals tolerable. When my oldest sister died, my family didn’t have a lot of money and I’m sure Ray took that into account when my folks settled up. He touched many people, always in a positive way. May God Bless.

  12. Dr. Daniel and Mrs. Myra Janoscko Dombroski :

    Date: December 3, 2013 @

    Our deep sympathy to the Bordynski family. We were very saddened at the news of Rays passing. It was always a great delight to talk to him on his many visits to our families. He encouraged me in medicine and kept tract of my progress. He was a great asset to the West End of Syracuse and will be greatly missed.

  13. William (Billy) & Carol Leonard :

    Date: December 3, 2013 @

    We are very sorry & sad to hear about Ray. Condolences to his family.
    I remember Ray teaching me how to ski. We traveled throughout NY and Canada on Sundays. Ironic, we missed mass and Ray’s boats name was “My Sin. I will see you again one day my friend and we will ski again.

    Billy & Carol Leonard

  14. James J. Stack :

    Date: December 3, 2013 @

    Very sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. We considered each other friends at the Syracuse YMCA Athletic Center; and we shared lunch at Eva’s European Sweets, a new experience for me. I’ll remember Ray fondly. Please accept my sincere sympathy. May he rest in peace.

  15. Jean Thorek :

    Date: December 3, 2013 @

    This world has lost a great humanitarian. We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. The Thorek family and the Bordynski families go way back. May God’s grace be present in your lives now and comfort you through your grieving process. With my sincere condolences, Jeannie Thorek

  16. Dawn (Kortright) Ifkovits :

    Date: December 4, 2013 @

    Mrs. Bordynski, Deb, & Alexa,

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have some wonderful memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Best regards,
    Dawn (Kortright) Ifkovits

  17. Grace LaCroix :

    Date: December 9, 2013 @

    I first met this wonderful family when I had Debbie in my classroom at Sacred Heart school. My prayers and thoughts are with all the family.

  18. Gail Bennett :

    Date: December 9, 2013 @


    I’m really sorry to hear about your father. It was wonderful to read about all of his accomplishments and life achievements–including your wonderful family. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones especially during the holidays. With love, Gail

  19. Melanie Lakie :

    Date: December 9, 2013 @

    I am so sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. Ray handled all our family funerals since I was a very young child. He was good to the Lakie Family. May god bless you all and may he rest in peace.

  20. Tara Bauer Bordynski :

    Date: December 13, 2013 @

    My sincerest condolences to Mary, Debbie and Lexi 🙁

    Your unforgettable Father travelled to White Plains, Westchester County, NY to attend my wedding and meet my family 31 years ago as I married his nephew, Billy. Six weeks later he took me under his wing as my new mother-in-law passed away suddently. He handled absolutely everything with love, style and class. Syracuse was a new home for me at age 22; and he helped me more than I can describe. Unemployment was very high many yrs ago while I lived upstate, and he got me my first job as a bank teller on Warren St. Always loving, helpful, smart, classy, and what a sharply dressed man. God rest his unforgettable soul, as I will love him as my Uncle-in-law forever. My love to Debbie & family, Lexi & family, and Mom Mary. Tara Bauer Bordynski

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