Daily Camera, The (Boulder, CO)
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Raymond Carl Caranci
Raymond Carl Caranci passed away March 27, 2012 at Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Louisville, CO. Ray is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nadine; his daughter Lynne Isles (Larry), son Randy (Barbara); granddaughter, Dene' Romero, grandsons, Rael' Romero (Christina) and Nicholas Caranci; great grandchildren, Isaias, Reina and Delilah. Step grandchildren, Ryan Guthrie (Elizabeth) and Kacie Guthrie. Raymond Dean (Dean), his eldest son preceded him in death in 1966.
Ray was born in Louisville, CO on May 29, 1927 to the late Carl and Jennie (Scran) Caranci. He was the youngest of 4 children, Victor, Elaine (deceased) and Lillian (deceased). Ray spent his early years in Louisville and then the family moved to Colorado Springs where he went to grade school. In 1937 Ray's father bought a farm in Brighton where the family moved once again. Ray graduated from Brighton High school . He was in the ROTC at CU Boulder and went on to become a successful electrical contractor and retail appliance dealer.
He met Nadine Harris in 1948 and it was the beginning of a long and lasting relationship. They were married on September 17, 1950 at St. Louis Catholic Church and had 3 children. Ray opened Louisville Electric in 1947 on Main Street running his GE appliance dealership and his electrical contracting business from that location for 45 years. Ray was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church, a member of the Louisville Lions club (receiving national recognition for 65 years of perfect attendance), The Elks, Round up Riders of the Rockies and Louisville Italian Club. He was a volunteer fireman in Louisville in the early years, served on Louisville City Council where he was instrumental in securing the water infrastructure and water rights for Louisville years ago. He also served as a bank Board member. Ray was very active in the electrical industry his entire life and held multiple seats in the NECA (National Electrical Contractors Associate) Organization including Vice President, President and Governor.
Ray and Nadine enjoyed traveling worldwide through the GE dealership for 40+ years, from Hong Kong to Tangiers, including a private visitation with Pope Paul VI. After retirement in 1992, Ray and Nadine then enjoyed years of travel in their RV, taking cruises with the family, entertaining often, hosting holidays and their infamous weekend pool parties. Ray had a heart of gold and touched so many. He was a giving man that never met a stranger and was always there for the people in his life. He loved his wife more than life and they were a heck of a team. He savored his time with his children, their spouses, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He has left a hole in many hearts and will be deeply missed.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 1, from 5:00 - 7:00pm at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette, where the rosary will be recited at 7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 9:30am Monday, April 2, at St. Louis Catholic Church with Fr. G. Timothy Gaines serving as the celebrant. Interment will follow in the mausoleum at Coal Creek Memorial Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties or to The Reserve at Balfour in Louisville.