Raymond Albert Thornberg, enduring sixty years of chronic back pain and progressing disabilities, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2023 at St. Vincent Medical Center after being admitted with Covid. He was the son of Bertil & Julia Medak Thornberg, born in Bridgeport on October 3, 1939.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife and caregiver, Carol Ann Pekar, whom he married almost 62 years ago. Early in life, Ray worked through his debilitating condition by taking up swimming and joining the Westport Masters Swimming Team, competing in Masters swim meets for years, and later progressed to triathlons. He was proud to serve his country in the Army, stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado and overseas in Germany with the Missile Ordinance. Upon return from the service, Ray continued his education at night while working at Sikorsky Aircraft as an Electronics Engineer. Ray and Carol settled in Fairfield where they raised their four sons. Ray sang in the church choir throughout his lifetime. As a member of Holy Family Parish in Fairfield, he also became the soloist at funerals. Ray loved and appreciated his family and was proud of their accomplishments.
He will be lovingly remembered by his four sons, Michael (Shannon) of Orange, Christopher (Shari) of Newtown, Thomas (Ilene) of Seymour and James (Anne) Thornberg of Tigard, OR as well as many grandchildren (Greg, Nico, Colleen, Eric, Pat, Joshua, Megan, Courtney, Julie, Zach, Brendan) and several great grandchildren (Elodie, Haisley, Shepherd, Jenna, Ryan, Nicholas, James); in addition, a very special brother in law Allan Wood, sister in law Joann Wood, Lina Thornberg, supportive friend Rose Zmarzlak, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two sisters Barbara Panizari (Joseph) and Nancy Altieri (Arthur), nephews John Panizari and Marcus Sabol and granddaughter Jennifer McLeod. His family wishes to thank St. Vincent Medical Center's Six South Medical Team for their excellent and compassionate care.
At the request of his family, Raymond's funeral service will be private. He will be laid to rest in Lawncroft Cemetery with Military Honor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a Veterans organization of your choice. To sign his guest register, please visit www.LarsonFuneralHome.com