Raymond Malcolm Lissow

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 August 2022 at 7:07 pm

ALBION/NEW PORT RICHEY, FLA. – Raymond Malcolm Lissow, 34, formerly of Albion and most recently of New Port Richey, Fla., passed away of Aug. 5, 2022 while in the loving arms of his family, with his beloved service dog by his side after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 5, 1987.

Ray is survived by his parents, Raymond and Frances Lissow; sisters, Amelia (Nick) Bakolas and Rachel Keith; brother, John Lissow; aunts and uncles, Barbara Beach, Cathy and Stu MacDonald, William Lissow, John and Leslie Strong, Dan and Kathy Strong, Caleb and Margaret Strong, and Hanna and Jon Baker; nieces, Evelyn and Grace Keith and Gianna Bakolas; nephew, Jace Bakolas; and countless cousins and friends. He is also survived by his personal care aide of 10 years, Dolly and his service dog, Buddy.

Waiting to greet him at Heaven’s gate are his grandparents, Raymond and Ruth Lissow and Malcolm and Ann Strong.

Born with cerebral palsy, Ray was still able to live a remarkable life. A proud graduate of Albion Central School in 2006, Ray so loved his various teachers, classmates and most especially his one-on-one aide through his entire school life, Dawn Bower. After graduation Ray spent many happy days at the ARC workshop, and volunteering in the community. He helped Dad often with various Rotary projects, and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for all his hard work and sunny disposition in spite of his physical limitations.

Ray was introduced to boating as an infant, and like his Dad was happiest on or around water.  He was able to boat for many years all around Lake Ontario every summer with his family, traveling throughout the Thousand Islands, Canada and points west. In 2008 he embarked on the journey of a lifetime with his parents, traveling through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico on the boat that his Dad modified just for him, “Winstar”.

Ray enjoyed life in Florida, especially visiting with neighbors and attending The Red Apple ADT where he also had so many friends. He was able to participate in an annual fishing derby designed for young adults with physical limitations. He looked forward every Tuesday to “Boys night out”, which involved going out to eat with Dad, Uncle Bill, and whoever was able to join them.

Most recently he enjoyed being entertained by and playing with his niece and nephew Gianna and Jace. He loved holding them as babies and then as they grew pulling them in a wagon with his wheelchair. We will miss watching Jace give him fist bumps and Gianna playing slime with him. He loved them so and they brought such joy to his life!

Anyone who knew Ray recognized what a social butterfly he was. He was happiest when in the company of his Dad, with his dog Buddy on his wheelchair tray. He loved morning coffee with Dad and Uncle Bill, going to Home Depot, or just helping Dad with various projects. He truly was his Dad’s best friend.

We will miss Ray tremendously, but we know he is now reunited with his grandparents and running free!!

Calling Hours will be Sunday, August 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. with memorial service at 3:30 p.m. at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, 15 West Ave., Spencerport NY 14559.

In lieu of flowers a remembrance of Ray may be sent to: The Red Apple, ADT. 6640 Kentucky Ave., New Port Richey, FL 34653.