Edwin R. Raiczyk, Sr. of Wildwood, formerly of the Fairview section of Camden, New Jersey, passed away on July 16, 2021. He was aged 91 years.
Ed was born and raised in Camden and graduated from Camden High School. He worked as a brick mason and was a member of the Bricklayers Union for decades. Ed was an accomplished athlete in High School both in Basketball and Baseball and even had a brief minor league career with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ed was a presence in his neighborhood and his church. He served as a City Councilman in Camden for a period of 13 years from 1980 until 1993. Ed offered countless hours freely to St. Joan of Arc Church, volunteering his time and talents for the annual carnival among many other parish activities. He was also active at St. Joseph High School, Camden; during the years that his children attended; making sure that activities were offered to give the students a well rounded experience.
Away from work, Ed enjoyed spending time with his family at his home in Wildwood on his boat fishing and crabbing. He was also a huge Phillies fan through the good years and bad. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved this special man.
Ed is the beloved husband to the late Anna (nee Lapiska); loving father of Kathryn, Stanley (Terry), Jeffrey Raiczyk and the late Edwin Raiczyk, Jr. and Patricia (James) Nicgorski; cherished grandfather of Kimberly Nicgorski Cali(Russell), Rheanna Mecca Poore(James), Richard Mecca, Jr.(Holly), Christopher & Erik Raiczyk; great grandfather of Malena, Adrienne & Rocco Cali, Gianna & Richard Mecca, III; dear brother of Diane (nee Stasiak) Smugersky. Ed is also survived by many loving nieces & nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation at 11:00AM in the Saint Charles Borromeo RC Church, 176 Stagecoach Road; Washington Twp. (Sicklerville) where his Funeral Mass will follow at 12 Noon. Interment New Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers; memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice, 18 E. Laurel Road, Stratford, NJ 08084. Arrangements under the direction of the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, Washington Twp. & Woodbury.
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