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Raymond A. Bednarchik Sr.

February 10, 1934 ~ April 24, 2022 (age 88)

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Raymond A. Bednarchik, Sr., age 88, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022.  Born in Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, PA, he was the son of Anthony and Mary (Bojack) Bednarchik.  He graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1952 and was employed by Kramer’s Bottling Works in Mt. Carmel before enlisting in the US Army where he served from 1955 to 1957 at a NIKE missile base in New Jersey, which was set up to protect New York City.  After serving in the Army, he moved to Harrisburg to be closer to his future wife, Delores F. Rozinski, whom he married in December 1957.  While living in Harrisburg, he worked for various businesses before being hired by the United States Postal Service.  In 1961, he was hired by the agency then known as the Pennsylvania Fish Commission (now known as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission) as a “Fish Warden” and was assigned to Chester County, where he served for his entire career.  Ray was well-known around Chester County, as well as in neighboring counties that he helped patrol at various times during his career, by many sportsmen and women, law enforcement officers, politicians, and government officials, and he worked many long and varied hours protecting the aquatic resources of his district.  He enjoyed the many varied aspects of the job, the title of which has evolved to that of “Waterways Conservation Officer.”  In 1977, Ray was recognized as PFBC Officer of the Year by the Northeastern Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association.  Of all the aspects of his job, such as patrolling the waterways looking for violators of the Commonwealth’s fishing and boating laws, or presenting an educational program to a group of school children or scouts, to stocking trout and many other fish in the county’s waterways, he especially enjoyed enforcing the laws prohibiting the pollution and disturbance of our waterways, and many offenders of these laws paid substantial penalties because of the investigations that Ray and his fellow officers and cooperating agencies conducted.  Ray retired from the job he loved on December 31, 1991.  Ray was the embodiment of the saying “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”  Because he loved his job so much, he couldn’t stay retired completely just quite yet, so after his retirement from his full-time position, he continued to serve the PFBC as a Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer for several more years.  In addition to his service with the PFBC, Ray also served for decades as a volunteer Forest Fire Warden with the State Bureau of Forestry. Ray was a long-time member of several sportsman’s clubs as well as the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11. Ray loved the outdoors and was an accomplished fly fisherman and deer and turkey hunter and after his retirement he spent many happy years hunting, fishing, and traveling. 

Ray was predeceased by his wife Delores, who passed away in 1988, his sister Mary Jean (Kramer) and brother Michael.  His second wife was Loretta Sullivan of Philadelphia.

He is survived by his brother Andrew, son Raymond Jr. and his wife Jan, and several nieces and nephews. 

A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2022 at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown.

A second viewing will be held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Center. Funeral Mass will be begin at 11:00 a.m. at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 599 W. Center St. Elysburg.

Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.

Arrangements are in care of C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., Mt. Carmel.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.cjlucasfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s memory to The French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust, 511 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA, 19460 or the Green Valleys Watershed Association, 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown, PA, 19465.


Services

Viewing
Monday
May 2, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
James J. Terry Funeral Home - Downingtown
736 East Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

Viewing
Wednesday
May 4, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church
599 W. Center Street
Elysburg, PA 17824

Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday
May 4, 2022

11:00 AM
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church
599 W. Center Street
Elysburg, PA 17824

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