East Harwich - Raymond William Molyneux went west January 2, 2020. He was the loving husband of Jane (Gaugel) Molyneux for 72 wonderful years and devoted father to his five children: Lynn, James (Jim), Nancy, Patricia (Pat) and Jeffrey. He leaves behind six grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as several doting nephews and a niece.
Before moving to East Harwich, Raymond lived in Dansville, N.Y. for 65 years. Prior to his retirement in 1987, Raymond and his brother, Robert (deceased), owned and operated Molyneux Motors, a Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealership. His passion for cars brought him to restore a 1930 Ford Model A - Mirth II. He and Jane drove the Mirth II through Europe, including over the Alps, in 2001. After moving to Cape Cod in 1993, his idea of a perfect day was taking family and friends for fun day trips. The Mirth II led a string of other antique cars for several July 4th parades in Chatham. He also bought a catboat, the Mirth, and delighted in sailing Pleasant Bay.
Ray had a strong love of country and community. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. In Dansville, he was an active member of the Dansville Lions Club, Dansville Fish and Game Club, Daniel Goho American Legion Post and the N.Y. Automobile Dealers Association. He was also a member of the Corning Consistory Damascus Shrine Temple in Rochester and the Royal Order of Jesters.
Ray loved to travel. He was an enthusiastic certified pilot. He and Jane flew from Wyoming to Colorado to Florida and north to Canada in his Cessna 182. The Rochester Soaring Club counted him not only as a member but also as a glider pilot. Flying the tow plane also gave him great joy. He was invited to join the Cape Cod chapter of the Quiet Birdmen Organization in 2013.
A service was held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Dansville, N.Y. on Saturday, January 11 at 11:00. Memorials in Ray’s name may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.