Raymond Anthony Death, Obituary – Raymond Anthony, a South African tennis great, passed away early on Saturday morning at the age of 66. Tennis South Africa expresses its deepest condolences to his family and friends at this time. At the age of 78, our much loved father, grandpa, brother, and close friend to all who knew him passed away in a peaceful manner at the Bay Shores Senior Care & Rehab Facility on Sunday, February 12, 2023. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. Raymond Anthony was born in Bay City, Michigan on June 9, 1944. His parents, Ferris “Tony” Anthony and Helen (Shaheen) Anthony, have since passed away.
After receiving his diploma from St. James High School in 1963, he continued his education at Delta College and earned an Associate’s degree there. After gaining some experience in the automotive industry at Bay City Chevrolet, Ray made a career pivot and began working in the Finance Department at Dow Chemical in Midland, where he remained for more than 31 years. After he retired, he spent the next 20 years volunteering at the St. Brigid Catholic Church in Midland. In Essexville, he attended services at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish-St. John’s Church as a regular attendee.
Ray was someone who lived life to the fullest and would be the first one to start the party or at the very least convince people around him that there should be one. He loved life to the fullest. Ray had an artistic side and enjoyed drawing with his grandchildren. They would do it all the time. If you gave him a paintbrush, you could notice that he occasionally tried out new colors in different rooms of his home. Cooking, baking, crocheting, being active, working in his yard on beautiful sunny days, and sitting around the campfire at deer camp with his son and family were some of his favorite things to do.
It was very essential to him to spend as much time as possible with his family, and he enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting activities and other events that they participated in. Ray’s laughter, infectious smile, and pure golden heart will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. His three children are the ones he has left to carry on his legacy: Helene (Pat) Lochinski, Eric (Sherry) Anthony and Laura (John) Niedzielski, eight grandchildren: Jacob Lochinski (Rachel Doriean), Morgan Lochinski, Kathryn Lochinski (fiancé Kyle Neering), Kayla and Logan Anthony, Ian (Allison Everhart-Deckard), Ava and Lilly Niedzielski.