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Raymond "Ray" Fitzmartin
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1891
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1975
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Ray Fitzmartin was the son of Irish immigrants. At an early age, he was orphaned and placed with the Sisters of Mercy in Corning, New York. In the 1900 census, he is listed with the many sisters, together with two other orphans, Effie Sanky (13), and Helena Weir (5); Ray was then 9 years old. He ran away from the church-run orphanage at about the age of 15 and lived on the streets until he was able to get into the United States Navy (he lied about his age). In 1920, he was listed as a machinist's mate on a U.S. Receiving Ship docked in Brooklyn, New York. He served for over 30 years, rising in rank to Chief Machinist's Mate (CMM). He saw action in many military encounters, including Mexico in the early 20th century; WWI and even WWII when he was in his 50's. He a stolid individual who rarely shared personal stories or feelings. Late in life he married Katherine (Harbaugh) Kefes in 1955 when he was 64 years old. He had no children, but had several nephews whom he occasionally would mention. Ray loved to watch the news for hours. He also loved to walk great distances, and in his 80's was an extremely fit gentleman. When his wife Katherine had a stroke in the 1960's, he attended her very compassionately, helping her dress, bathe, and do her physical therapy. He was a "diamond in the rough" and sometimes gruff, but had a great goodness about him. He lived in Hollywood for a number of years, helping his wife manage an apartment complex. After her death, he moved to Glendale and lived in a small apartment. He passed away in 1975, and was buried near his wife and her son, Donn Kefes at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. 
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  Katherine Jeanette Harbaugh Fitzmartin (1893 - 1970)*
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Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Jul 30, 2010
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Raymond Ray Fitzmartin
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Raymond Ray Fitzmartin
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Raymond Ray Fitzmartin
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