Raymond Kidd, 96, decorated Navy serviceman

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Raymond Kidd
Raymond Kidd

Raymond Kidd, 96, of Leland and formerly of Fairview, Pennsylvania, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at Wilmington Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Ray was born March 21, 1919 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, son of the late Kajetan and Catherine Kida Ignatowicz. His wife, Susanne Sekerak Kidd, who he married in 1946, and his older brother, Lawrence Kidd, preceded him in death.

He attended East High School and was a graduate of Tech High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1939-45 and was the recipient of eight medals, two silver stars, and four bronze stars. Ray served on the battleship USS New York, and heavy cruiser USS Wichita, and campaigned in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters.

Ray was a construction electrician and managed Church and Murdock Electric Company’s Erie operation for 38 years until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Holy Cross Church in Fairview, and served on the Building Committee at the church. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, the Holy Cross and Holy Name Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the American Legion.

He is survived by a younger brother, Alvin Kidd; daughter, Sandra Gemach (Richard) of Leland; son, Raymond Kidd (Kolleen) of Leesburg, Virginia; four grandchildren, Anna Kinlaw (Dwight), Kathleen Howard (Kelly), Laura Donohue (Todd) and Andrew Kidd; and five great-grandchildren, Madison Howard, Kate Donohue, Ryan and Kyle Howard and Olivia Kinlaw.

The Gemach and Kidd families would like to thank his caregiver, Gail Bryant, for almost 12 years of endless and loving service. We also give thanks to the Wilmington Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home for their loving care given to our Dad with every visit to the home, especially during his final days on Earth.

 The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Andrews Market Street Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 5101 U.S. 17., Shallotte, NC 28470, with the Rev. Ryszard Kolodziej officiating. Interment will be held in St. Elizabeth’s Cemetery in Curry, Pennsylvania at a later date.

Flowers are accepted, or donations in Ray’s memory may be made to St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church Food Pantry, PO Box 2984, Shallotte, NC 28459.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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