Juan Ramon "Ray" Cortes


Mr. Juan Ramon “Ray” Cortes of Cuddebackville, NY and a long time resident of the area died Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis.  He was 77.

He was born January 7, 1943 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico the son of the late Ramon Cortes and the late Maria  Elena Andujar Cortes.


He was married for 30 years to June Marsh Cortez prior to her death on September 22, 2013.


Ray worked for A & W Products in Port Jervis, NY and was a member of the Teamsters Local #445. 


A family statement read:  Ray was a wonderful man who loved his family with all his heart.  He would do anything for anyone.  He was a big Jokester.  He loved to go fishing with his sons and grandkids.  He loved to watch the New York Mets play whether it was on TV or in person with his sons and grandkids.  He loved to feed the deer in his backyard so he could watch them all day on his back porch.  He loved nature and loved life.  


Surviving are:

Sons:  Wilfredo Cortez & his wife Jessica of Matamoras, PA and Ramon Vargas Cortes of Puerto Rico

Daughters:  Yevette Cortes of Puerto Rico, Sandrayella Cortes of Boston, MA, Adelaida Cortes of  Puerto Rico and Amanda Cortes of Albuquerque, NM

Sons: Joseph Ruzanski of Cuddebackville, NY and Robert Lemke & his wife Adrienne of Newburgh, NY

Daughters: Mary Ruzanski of Detroit, MI, Louise Duffy of Detroit, MI and June Lemke of Smithfield, NC

Also several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Sister, Luz “Lucy” Cortes Andujar of Middletown, NY

Sister-in-law, Gayle Cortes of Port Jervis, NY

Predeceased Brother: Wilfredo Cortes


Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 12:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Geraldo Colon officiating.


Burial will be at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.


Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191  For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com