Raymond (Ray) Culver 8/22/1950 - 1/21/2121
Laughter, Camera, Action!!
These three words describe the essence of the man we all knew as Ray. His light was the force through which we came to know him! In his earliest years Ray grew up in Center City, Philadelphia where he thrived on the energy provided by dwelling in the city. His stories of his early days are captivating, as he spoke fondly of his “city life”. As a young boy he moved to Lawncrest, where he would meet several of his lifelong friends. It was in this time period Ray discovered his voice and began a vocal career, expanding his circle of friends while playing in several bands. He was proudest of the time he spent in a group known as Heven Sent.
During this time, he met and married his first wife, Janis Culver (nee Sabec), had two children - Holly Zanine (nee Culver) and Raymond Culver. Always looking to grow, excel and provide, Ray attended Temple University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, where he discovered his love for film as a Communication major. Most of us are familiar with the words “smile” whenever Ray was around.
After his graduation, Ray became the business owner of two pizza places: R&L Pizza ( 1978 - 1982) Culver Citchens (1981 - 1990) and back to R&L Pizza ( 1993 - 2000). Though his businesses were successful, he is remembered most for his laughter, and fun.
In the 2000’s, Ray- once again expanded his circle of friends when he began to work for the State of Pennsylvania for the Welfare offices in both Montgomery County and Luzerne County. While there were many things Ray enjoyed about working in an office, what he enjoyed the most was the freedom to be the best Grandpop to his three favorite family members- Emily, Claudia, and Eddie. With them he shared his passion for movies, his never ending pursuit of knowledge and most importantly his love, laughter, and energy. During this time, Ray married his second wife Kathi Culver (nee Carels), moved to his dream house in Pocono Lake,Pa. where he retired and enjoyed the pleasures of family, friends, nature and creating a website that captures the very essence of all he loved- family, friends, art, and the pursuit of knowledge.
Ray will be truly missed by his wife Kathleen Culver (nee Carels), daughter Holly Zanine (nee Culver); son Raymond Culver; sister Nancy Wiefek, his three beloved grandchildren Emily Zanine, Claudia Zanine, and Edward Zanine Jr, his extended family and the numerous friends he embraced over his lifetime. He is preceded in death by his father Cecil Culver, mother Margaret Wiefek (nee Segal), and his brother Robert (Bob) Willian
A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in June.
The family welcomes donations in Ray’s name to Shriners Hospital or A Gift of Life as an expression of sympathy instead of flowers.
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Shriners Hospitals for Children
3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19140