Ray Manness, a loving father, caring friend, and helpful caregiver, was born on September 7, 1973, and passed away in January 2022 at the age of 48. His passing cut short his contributions to others, and this world, much too soon. Ray had a huge heart and wanted nothing more than to help his fellow man.
Ray leaves behind his family: son Jarod Manness of Timberville, VA; daughter Kaitlin Manness of Harrisonburg, VA; ex-wife Kimberly; and sister Lisa Manness of MA, and is predeceased by his father Raymond Manness Sr and mother Lorraine Blackwood, whom all he deeply loved.
Ray enjoyed learning and was a voracious reader who had a profound respect for history and the military. Ray’s service as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division from 1991 to 1993 gave him a tremendous feeling of pride. Ray would once again continue his mission of service in 2018 and by 2020 he became a sawyer with the disaster relief organization Team Rubicon. Most recently in 2021, Ray volunteered with his local soup kitchen to ensure that people in his community would be cared for during these difficult times. Caring for, and helping, others was an important part of Ray’s life. Honor and loyalty to family, friends, and purpose was essential for Ray. Ray found purpose through his contributions to the greater good and sought peace through his connection with nature. What mattered most to Ray though was his love for his family. He cared deeply for his two children, Jarod and Kaitlin and tried to show it any way he could.
Ray had a special connection with nature. He hiked 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail with his ex-wife Kimberly. He had a deep love for the mountains, leading to him moving to Virginia to start his family. After his children were older, he took them on hikes any time he had the chance to further enrich their connection with nature as he had.
Though his life may have been cut short, Ray's memory will stay alive in the hearts of many.
SERVICES: Friends are invited to the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield MA, on Saturday, March 19th beginning at 11AM followed by a memorial prayer service at noon led by Rev. A. Peter Gregory, Chaplain of Soldier On.
We are requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Veterans organizations such as Team Rubicon, Soldier On, or another Veterans organization which you are familiar with.
To make a donation to Team Rubicon, please go to https://teamrubiconusa.org.
To make a donation to Soldier On, please go to https://donate.wesoldieron.org.