Raymond Wells


89, resident of Oradell, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2017. Ray was born to Harold and Julia Wells in Kearny, New Jersey on May 28, 1928. He married his best friend and the love of his life, Betty Louise Martin on September 23, 1950. Ray and Betty were joyfully married for 66 years.
Ray is predeceased by his brother, Harold and his parents. He will be sadly missed by his wife Betty and his children, Thomas Wells and his wife Carol of Bristol, VT, Holly Tillman and her husband Tom from Montoursville, PA, Peter Wells and his wife Linda of Park Ridge, NJ, Jeffrey Wells and his wife Sherri of Norfolk, VA, Kerry Couldron of Englewood, NJ and Juliann Aman and her husband Robert of Bettendorf, IA. Their beloved Papa will be missed by his eighteen grandchildren: Ciera, Rachel, Katie, Connie, Jonathan, Jordyn, Shasi, Jaclyn, Philip, Carlyn, Brittany, Holly, Parker, Peter, Madison, Joshua, Elizabeth and Caleb and fourteen great grandchildren.
Ray graduated from Lyndhurst High School in 1945 and Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1949. He practiced architecture for 63 years and founded Wells Associates. He proudly served in the Korean War as a 2nd LT. in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers 1950-1953 and served in Salzburg, Austria 1952-1953.
He was an active member of the Old Paramus Reformed Church in Ridgewood, NJ and Royal Poinciana Chapel, Palm Beach, FL. At OPRC, he was a Sunday School Teacher and Assistant Superintendent, Deacon and Architectural Consultant.
He was a loyal Rotarian for over 52 years with perfect attendance. His family and others called him “Rotary Ray”. He lived by the motto “Service Above Self”. He served in leadership capacity on every level, Club, District and International, culminating his services as the role of International Rotary Director. He visited over 25 countries and over 30 states in the name of Rotary, almost always with Betty at his side. Ray founded 4 new Rotary clubs and loved to bring people to Rotary and over the years sponsored more than 175 members. He loved to mentor other Rotarians - young or old. Rotary service was truly Ray’s passion.
Ray was a true servant to his community. He was a Member of the Paramus Board of Education, Oradell Planning Board, Oradell Aesthetics Committee, Building Committee of Hackensack Hospital and Paramus Bicycle and Safety Committee, Paramus Code of Ethics, Paramus Cub Scout Program, President of the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Building Committee Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors of Bergen County Girl Scouts and Advisory Committee, and Advisory Committee the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. He was a touch football and junior basketball coach for the Paramus Recreation program. He was a trustee of the George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery Association, Member and President of the Paramus Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Emeritus of the Bergen County Blood Center, Board of Directors of the Fritz Behnke Museum, Trustee advice President of Paramus Boys Club, President of the Paramus Jaycees, Trustee of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame, Bergen County Chamber of Commerce, Bergen County Grand Jury Association, New Jersey Educational Association, President’s Advisory Board of Bergen Community College, Trustee of the March of Dimes and a Trustee of the United Way of Bergen County.
He will be remembered for his devoted love for his wife, his pride in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his steadfast faith, integrity and humility.
Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 S. Farview Ave. in Paramus, NJ from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Friends and relatives are asked to gather for the funeral service on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Old Paramus Reformed Church, 660 E. Glen Ave, Ridgewood, NJ. Repass will be at 12:00 PM at the Fellowship Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rotary International Foundation or Raymond Wells Scholarship, care of the Paramus Rotary Club. P.O. Box 1003 Paramus, NJ 07653-1003.

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Posted by Dennis Landau on August 31, 2017 5:22 PM x

Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss. Mr. Wells was a special man.

Posted by Bob and Mary Ann Shoemaker on August 30, 2017 4:16 PM x

We met Ray and Betty at a Rotary District conference that was moved with little notice from Bermuda to the Bahamas. Ray and Betty assisted us and were especially kind to us from Indiana. Ray served Rotary well including service on the Board of Directors.Our sympathy to his fine family. Bob and Mary Ann

Posted by Maggie Harrer and Rick Henly on August 30, 2017 1:18 PM x

Dear Betty, Jeff, Tom, Peter and all of the children and grandchildren, We share your sorrow and send you prayers and deep condolences at this sad time. Ray was a light in the community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him and worked with him in all his various capacities! My broken leg is keeping us from attending today, but please know that all of our thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Maggie (Harrer), Rick and Katie Henly

Posted by Phyllis and Jack Hughes on August 30, 2017 12:04 PM x

Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty and all the family during this difficult time. We have lost a great friend of over 30 years, in Rotary and out. Ray will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him. Phylis and Jack Palm Beach Gardens

Posted by Diane and David Goldsholl on August 30, 2017 11:29 AM x

Our deepest sympathy to the family of a beloved and very heartfelt man. Our prayers are deeply shared with you all at this time of your loss. He was truly an inspiration to all. Many prayers and blessings.

Posted by JoAnn & Paul Young on August 30, 2017 10:14 AM x

The citizens of Bergen County and the state will be forever grateful to Ray Wells and his family for rescuing the historic Blauvelt Mansion from destruction. We think of their stewardship and sacrifices as we drive by it everyday. Our condolences to the family and especially to you, Jeff.

Posted by Karrie Olick on August 30, 2017 7:45 AM x

My deepest sympathy to the entire Wells family. Ray Wells always struck me as a warm, caring, thoughtful good citizen. He was the kind of person this world needs more of.

Posted by Kathleen Warner on August 29, 2017 6:44 PM x

Sincere sympathy to the Wells Family on the loss of your Dad. May he rest in peace.

Posted by SAM CASIELLO on August 29, 2017 1:51 PM x

MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE WELLS FAMILY. I have know Ray for many, many years. He was always there to help. Not only a great Rotarian but also a dedicated giving member of the Paramus community. THANK YOU Ray. May the Lord Bless and hold you.

Posted by Paul Scarduffa on August 29, 2017 11:36 AM x

Deepest condolences to the Wells Family from the Scarduffa Family and the Bergen Highlands Ramsey Rotary Club. Ray touched so many lives in a positive way and left this world better than he found it. We will continue to celebrate his memory and accomplishments.

Posted by irene Stella on August 29, 2017 9:33 AM x

Concern and sympathy to Betty and the Wells family.Ray sure epitomised a long life welled lived. He will be missed in many places and lives.

Posted by Eric Olick on August 29, 2017 8:52 AM x

My thoughts, love and prayers are with all of you. I always remember Ray as a warm, thoughtful and compassionate man. He will be great missed.

Posted by Bob Bakke on August 29, 2017 7:10 AM x

What a remarkable life lived for the blessing of his family and Bergen County! What an inspiration.

Posted by Peter Kikot on August 29, 2017 7:06 AM x

Hearing of Ray's passing has given our family tremendous sadness. To all of his family, including his extended Rotary family, we extend our sincerest condolences. Ray was a wonderful example for any young man and I/we are personally so grateful for having had the chance to have him share his kindness and knowledge with us. Forever in our hearts. Thank you to the entire Wells Family for sharing Ray with us. Thank you for everything that you have done Mr. Raymond Wells. Rest In Peace! The Kikot's. Peter, Erinda & Connor

Posted by Dan Mooers on August 28, 2017 11:37 PM x

Betty and family: Ray meant many things to a lot of people and helped many along the way. I learned a lot about Rotary from him and he was always willing to share information and give advice. He will be sorely missed. Shirley joins me in sending our most sincere condolences. Dan Mooers, South Portland, Maine

Posted by Irene Markle Tegze Graffam on August 28, 2017 9:17 PM x

Betty, sorry to learn of Ray's passing. Know he is greatly missed. Irene

Posted by Dixie & Richardalloway on August 28, 2017 8:37 PM x

We are saddened to hear of your great loss. The loss of a husband, father, grandfather, friend. We are so sorry. Please know that we will be praying for you and that as you comfort each other, your Heavenly Father is there to comfort, encourage and strengthen you. With love, Dixie & Richard

Posted by Jim dingfelder on August 28, 2017 7:19 PM x

What an inspiration he was to all of us. He was loved by all.

Posted by Cynthia Eccleston Wicker on August 28, 2017 7:17 PM x

To Betty and all the Wells family, With our sympathy & prayers From John Eccleston & Family

Posted by Linda Celentano on August 28, 2017 7:10 PM x

For all your accomplishments you set an example for everyone you've ever met in life. I know Jeffrey will forever cherish you. My deepest felt comfort to everyone for your loss.


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