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Raymond F. Bednar, 95 Navy lieutenant, participated in D-Day landing Raymond Francis Bednar, 95, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was born Dec. 4, 1921, in North Braddock, Pa., to Joseph and Anna Bednar (nee Gecy). When he was five years old the family moved to Oakdale, Pa. He lived there until attending Penn State University, where he graduated in 1943 with a B.S. in agronomy. He then did his ROTC Navy training at Notre Dame during World War II. Upon completion he was a lieutenant and led crews on landing craft and served on the 509 at Omaha Beach during the D-Day landing in Normandy. Later he officered landing craft on trailer trucks across half of Europe and assisted the Army Corps of Engineers in the construction of pontoon bridges and ferrying troops and supplies over various rivers, including the Rhine, and often under German artillery fire. After the war he worked for many years with the Department of Agriculture in the Plant Quarantine department. This led him to move to Staten Island in 1948. He rose to become area director of the Ports of NY and NJ before retiring in 1977. He was known to all as "Ray." He also worked in Holland and Belgium. Ray had a lifelong love of traveling among many of the countries that he and his wife visited throughout Europe, Egypt and China. Ray was also an avid gardener. He married Mary Ellen May in 1952 and together they had three children: Raymond Jr., Joseph and Ruth. He is survived by his wife, three children, nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the next to youngest of 10. All of them predeceased him. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Pity R.C. Church on Monday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. Arrangements, including a private cremation, were entrusted to the care of Matthew Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. Matthew Funeral Home, Inc. 2508 Victory Blvd. at Willowbrook Road Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 761-5544
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