Raymond Salvestrini, Sr., 87, Navy veteran, owned Ray's Refuse

Raymond Francis Salvestrini, Sr. died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.  He was 87 years old.

A lifelong Ridgefielder, Ray was born and raised in Ridgefield to Italian immigrants, Umberto and Allegrina Salvestrini.  He was the youngest of nine children.  After graduating from Ridgefield High School in 1943, he went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Many Ridgefielders will remember him owning Ray's Refuse Service.  He was a very familiar face around town along with his two sons who helped with the business.   To this day, the original garage stands where Ray stored his three garbage trucks and the many various trinkets he brought home from his days in the refuse business.  He was always on the hunt for a special treasure!

After Ray sold his business, he enjoyed gardening and was well known for his eggplants.  Ray loved to cook and always had a pot of lentil soup on the stove.  He was a member of the American Legion and St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield.

Ray is survived by his two sons, Raymond "Chip" Salvestrini, Jr., and his wife Gail, of Ridgefield, CT and Tom Salvestrini, and his wife Marcia, of Chula Vista, CA.  Pop (as he was referred to by his grandchildren) is also survived by his grandchildren Meghan, and her husband Kyle, Owen, Jackson and Emma and his great grandson, Colby, as well as, his two sisters, Lena Frattini and Mary Sartini and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Mary's Church, Ridgefield, CT on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2-5 p.m. in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Visiting Nurse Association of Ridgefield, 90 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield 06877 or to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury 06810.

The Salvestrini Family is very grateful to the VNA and Hospice, as well as, Laurel Ridge Health Care Center and Connecticut Caregiver Connection for the care they provided to Ray over the last few years.