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Raymond E. Kondrat

Funeral services for Raymond E. Kondrat, age 73, of Morristown, NY, will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019, at 3:00PM at Frary Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Schirmer officiating. Calling hours will be held from 1:00PM until the time of the services on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Mr. Kondrat passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019, at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Kathryn Kondrat of Morristown, NY; two children, Jessica Kondrat Paquette and her husband, Michael, of Morristown, NY and James Kondrat and his wife, Jaymie, of Wilmington, NY; the mother of his children, Jane Smithers of Morristown, NY; a brother, Paul Kondrat and his wife, Patricia, of Hinsdale, NH; four grandchildren, Jay and Benjamin Paquette and Mackenzie and Colton Kondrat, and nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a sister, Michelyn A. Kirby in 2004 and his parents, Edward and Nadia Kondrat.

Ray was born October 1, 1945, in Springfield, MA, the son of Edward and Nadia B. (Beruk) Kondrat. He graduated from Clarkson University in 1968 and later received his Master’s Degree in Education from St. Lawrence University. Raymond joined the Morristown Central School Faculty in Fall of 1969 as a Driver’s Education Teacher and Business Teacher and was later appointed Vice Principal at Morristown Central School in 1974 under the Administrative Internship Program at St. Lawrence University. Mr. Kondrat also taught business arithmetic. Later, Mr. Kondrat became Building Principal and Superintendent of Schools, retiring in 2000. Ray married Kathryn Reil on June 29, 1991, in Wanakena with Rev. John Mesorowski officiating.

Raymond enjoyed hunting, fishing, crab fishing in Florida, golfing and skiing in his younger years. He was a member of the 35 Mile Hunting Club in South Colton and a Boston sports fan. Ray took pride and joy in his Fourth of July firework display at his home on Merry’s Point in Morristown.

Donations may be made in Raymond’s memory to the Morristown Vol. Fire and Rescue Co. 1, 200 Morris St. or P.O. Box 4, Morristown, NY 13664 and The Black Lake Fish and Game Club Association, 1 Gilmour Rd, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

44 Condolences

  • Mark Bice Posted January 22, 2019 4:02 PM

    Mr K. was a great teacher. Many great memories at school.

  • EDWARD DILLINGHAM Posted January 22, 2019 4:11 PM

    Ray had such a dynamic presence. There will be a huge void that will be felt in our hearts. A loss not only to our hunting club, but to all who had the pleasure of calling him a friend. George & Ray are drinking scotch, playing cards and cursing at each other. My heart goes out to you and your family Kathy.

  • Tim Burpoe Posted January 22, 2019 5:02 PM

    a top notch man and a great asset to his hunt club, my condolences to his family

  • Bob & JoAnne Ott Posted January 22, 2019 5:12 PM

    Our sincere sympathy to you Kathy and to Jessica and Jim’s families. We are thinking of all of you. I know our boys have fond memories of Ray as do we. 😢💙

  • Sandy Warren Posted January 22, 2019 6:12 PM

    Dear Kathy and family,

    I was stunned to hear of Ray’s passing, just after our recent talk…..

    I send sincere condolences to you and your family at this time, as I know what you are going through now…
    I am always here for you…..

    Sincerely,
    Sandy Warren

  • Kerry and John Roth Posted January 22, 2019 6:19 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy to your whole family.

  • Bridget Gordinier Posted January 22, 2019 6:29 PM

    He was a great Superintendent of Morristown Central. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Margie Barr Posted January 22, 2019 6:31 PM

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family. Many memories from his time as principal.

  • Doug & Kate Bell Posted January 22, 2019 6:51 PM

    Our thoughts & prayers to you Kathy , Jess & Mike , Jimmy & Patty & families . Ray was a well liked & very nice man . We were so glad to be able to see him at Christmas this year. He will be missed but I know you have so many great memories with him & he wouldn’t want you to be sad . Take care all of you … Doug & Kate Bell

  • Judy Wright Posted January 22, 2019 6:57 PM

    Ron & I extend our sincere sympathy to his wife Kathy and to Ray’s children and their families. Ray was a great guy who always seemed happy and thoughtful of others, always smiling. He will be sadly missed.

  • Barb King Posted January 22, 2019 6:59 PM

    Kathy , I’m so sorry for your loss ❤

  • Anna & John Wrobel Posted January 22, 2019 7:13 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss.. Ray was the one who hired me at MCS. He was a great guy and I remember I,would always make him ham salad sandwiches for him.,May God watch over you and your family.

  • Lois Langtry and Ken Judd Posted January 22, 2019 7:15 PM

    It will be different coming back north this spring and not seeing Ray at Langbrook. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kathy, and with Jim and Jessica and their families. May there be plenty of golf in heaven, fish to challenge his skills, and wildlife to hunt. RIP, Ray!

  • Ann Marsh Lasher Posted January 22, 2019 7:22 PM

    So very sorry for your loss , Kathy and family . Many prayers for strength…..

  • Boyd&Patti Foster Posted January 22, 2019 7:44 PM

    Kathy,Boyd and I are so sorry for your loss.we will be praying for you in this most difficult time.Ray RIP.

  • Brenda Matthews Posted January 22, 2019 8:17 PM

    Mr. K was one of a kind and good friend to my dad.. RIP big guy. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time.

  • Mario Salazar Posted January 22, 2019 8:22 PM

    As a grade schooler…he was Mr Kondrat (Principal). As a student-athlete he was Coach. As a graduate/adult, he was Ray. But through it all, I firmly believe his favorite title(s) of all were Dad and Grampa. My deepest sympathies to Jim, Jessica, both your families and all those who knew and loved Ray…and the imprint he left on everyone who called themselves a Green Rocket.

  • Judi and Randall Gearsbeck Posted January 22, 2019 8:56 PM

    We are so sorry for you loss Kathy and family….you are all in our thoughts and prayers..God Bless you all and give you strength in the days ahead.

  • Rosalie Salazar Posted January 22, 2019 9:09 PM

    I’d like to extend my sympathies to Ray Kondrat’s family and friends. He was well-respected in the Morristown community, especially!!! He accomplished so much in his life!He will be remembered by so many, with admiration.

  • Lesli Warren Posted January 22, 2019 9:20 PM

    I remember him shaking his head at me, as he assigned me detention once again…he had a lot of patience :). I always had a lot of respect for Mr. Kondrat. My condolences to Kathy, Jimmy, Jessica and your families.

  • Dick & Sue Bouchey Posted January 22, 2019 10:52 PM

    Godspeed Mr. Kondrat.

  • Jim Murray Posted January 23, 2019 6:14 AM

    Jessica and Jim, I am sorry for your loss. Your father had a profound impact on so many people’s lives, he will be missed. It was years after I graduated that I truly appreciated everything Mr. Kondrat had done for the entire MCS Family.

  • Rebecca Caraballo Posted January 23, 2019 6:24 AM

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  • Jean Mclear Posted January 23, 2019 7:42 AM

    Sending deepest sympathies, and loving thoughts and prayers. Fly high Mr. K. You will be greatly missed.

  • Bill and Janet Leary Posted January 23, 2019 9:14 AM

    Dear Kathy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We keep you in our prayers during this sad time. I hope to see you Kathy when we get home. Many hugs

  • Susan Crary Posted January 23, 2019 9:21 AM

    Kathy – was so sorry to read of Ray’s passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers – With love and sympathy

  • Karen Cunningham Posted January 23, 2019 9:23 AM

    As a 13 1/2 yr. staff member at Morristown Central I worked with Ray on many matters related to our students. He was open and honest in dealing with me and I have fond memories. My condolences to the entire family but especially to Jessica and Jim. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kristen, Brendon,Mary and Peter Posted January 23, 2019 9:48 AM

    We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Ray,I hope you take comfort in knowing how many lives your loved one touched. I myself will miss my years of cutting Ray’s hair,and sharing our canning stories,all of those BEAUTIFUL Dahlia flowers,that Ray grew and shared with me,he was one of my few chances I would kid him of receiving flowers, but equally I will MOST DEFINITELY, miss his friendship and being one of team, kitchen help for our Annual Morristown gives back, Thanksgiving dinner, you will be truly, truly missed,,, Sending our deepest condolences to you Kathy,Jessand Jim and families

  • Kathy Hanley Carranza Posted January 23, 2019 10:08 AM

    Kathy, so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and all of the family.

  • Mary Gareau Posted January 23, 2019 11:50 AM

    My deepest sympathies to Kathy, Jane, Jessica and her family and Jim and his family. My prayers for you all.

  • Barbara Brooks Bennett Posted January 23, 2019 12:18 PM

    He was such a good man and will be missed by so many. Condolences to and prayers for peace and comfort for all who cared for him. Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • barbara and bob tayler Posted January 23, 2019 1:49 PM

    so sorry to learn of rays sudden passing.he was a fair and honest man. he always knew who you were whereever you met him and always spoke., whereever it may be. condolences to kathy and to his family.

  • Ed & Tracy Gagnon Posted January 23, 2019 3:20 PM

    We are very sad to hear about Ray passing!!! Thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy, Jessica, Jimmy, Jane and there families. Ray will be sadly missed!!! Morristown Green Rockets has lot a good man!!!!!

  • Michael Cring Posted January 23, 2019 10:03 PM

    Kathy, Jim and Jessica Julie and I offer our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Ray was my coach, my principal and later my boss when I first became a teacher.. I learned from Ray and appreciated his experience. Most of all I enjoyed social interactions with Ray and the close friendship he had with my father.

  • Beverly L. Ouderkirk Posted January 24, 2019 1:17 AM

    Ray’s passing has caused me to do a lot of reflecting these past few days. Reading the comments on face book and here, looking at the wonderful photos, and recalling the good times made me pull out the notes I have written and hope to include in a book of memoirs still waiting patiently on my “bucket list.” I wish like many of you that I could have had one more conversation. I would have thanked him for giving me cause to recognize why my boys and I settled here in 1987. Thanks Ray for being there for kids. You will be sorely missed in this community! A Friend Forever!!! Mrs. O.

  • Renee and Bill Flynn Posted January 24, 2019 8:35 AM

    Kathy and family, so very sorry for your loss. Saying prayers to help you through this hard time.

  • Hilton Hotaling, Jr. Posted January 24, 2019 12:50 PM

    When I first came to Morristown, Ray was already on staff. He was a great mentor. As he became a principal and a superintendent, he was always supportive and encouraging to me, as well as others. He willingly supported initiatives, as long as he felt it would benefit students. His door was always open to anyone, whether it was to discuss educational or personal issues. I am greatly appreciative of the letters of support he wrote on my behalf as I pursued activities that I felt would benefit my students and my abilities as an educator. He was also there to support me during the unexpected deaths of Candee and Denise. Please accept my sincerest apologies to all of his family on the loss of a great father and husband. There was always a special twinkle in his eyes whenever he spoke of Jessica, Jim, and Kathy. May you find comfort in the fact that he touched so many people. Cherish your memories of him, as they will help you through this difficult time.

  • Lisa & Michelle Young, Terry & Charles Young Posted January 25, 2019 10:22 AM

    Kathy, Jess & Jim and families,

    Please accept our most sincerest condolences. Mr. K will be sorely missed by our entire community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Linda Tayler Posted January 25, 2019 10:59 AM

    My heart aches for you, Kathy and family in the passing of a wonderful man. So many happy memories of working with Ray at Morristown Central. Ray was a good friend and always cared about others. It’s difficult to understand why people are taken from us, but I am so thankful he was in our lives as he made a difference in just knowing him. I will cherish those happy times, and I hope that the memories will somehow carry you through these sad times. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jerry & Patty Durant Posted January 25, 2019 12:53 PM

    Kathy, We send our sincere condolences to you and family on the passing of Ray. Be comforted by the many prayers being offered at this difficult time.

  • James Kelly. St. George Island, FL Posted January 25, 2019 5:55 PM

    I used to sit next to Ray in the school superintendent meetings. My favorite trick was to raise my hand and say::”Ray wants to know….”, and add a really outrageous question. Those of you who know Ray can picture him having a little smile on his face, krinkle up his eyes, and emit a “Heh, Heh, Heh, before he would say:: “Would shut the **** up?” We had good times together traveling to Albany, sharing special programs for our students, and, in retirement, reminiscing at the post office. Kathy and family: I am very sorry for your loss.
    Jim Kelly

  • Joe & Charlene Ott Posted January 25, 2019 9:11 PM

    Joe and I send our most sincere condolences. Wishing all of you strength to get through the days ahead. Fond memories for you to cherish in the years to come. Comfort in knowing that many share your loss.

  • Dave LaDuc Posted January 27, 2019 7:49 AM

    Kathy and family may you be at peace with Ray’s passing.

  • Penny Sharrow Posted January 27, 2019 11:21 PM

    To the entire Kondrat family — My deepest sympathy – you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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