Raymond Joseph Sousa, Sr.

  • Born: October 1, 1937
  • Died: February 28, 2021
  • Location: Coventry, Connecticut

Cremation Society of Connecticut

807 Bloomfield Ave.
P.O. Box 6
Windsor, CT 06095

Tel. 888-909-2728

Tribute & Message From The Family

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Raymond Joseph Sousa Sr., beloved husband of Minnie Catherine (Hickey) Sousa. He died unexpectedly in the ED of Hartford Hospital despite heroic efforts by all medical staff involved on February 28, 2021. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. Raymond was born at home in Taftville, CT. on October 1, 1937 to the late Francis and Emily (Marceau) Sousa. He moved to Coventry as a child and was a lifelong resident there. He was an empathetic, compassionate, gentle man and loved by all. He met his wife at a roller rink, she was just 16 yrs old. They were inseparable after that. They had a love story not many people are lucky enough to experience. They had been married since 1963. He enjoyed a career as an operating engineer working for many companies over the years. Heavy equipment was one of his passions. Ray was a member of the Local 478 Union and had received his 65 yr pin of service. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 52. He was a coastguard auxiliary member. He volunteered for food share and monthly fish dinner events in the Town of Coventry. He was always lending a hand when he could. He would even help the ladies at the Coventry Senior Center, from setting up their tables to helping them pin the quilts they were working on. Ray enjoyed more than anything spending time with his loving wife Minnie and cat's Rusty and Troy. He enjoying antique shopping, camping, and feeding the wildlife, especially the hawks in his backyard. He also enjoyed all activities involving his family and friends. He was predeceased by siblings Emily Kasacek, Ethel Graham, Francis Sousa and Theodore Sousa. He is survived by his wife and best friend Minnie C (Hickey) Sousa. His children Catherine M (Sousa) McCormick, Raymond J Sousa Jr., Brenda J Sousa Moore and son in laws Mark L McCormick and Richard A Moore. His grandchildren Amber McCormick, Hunter McCormick and Kaylee Sousa. Step grandchildren Emalene Moore, Jackson Moore and Jaden Acaujo. Brothers Earl F Sousa, Gary L Sousa and his wife MaryAnn, and "Ma" Blanche Y Sousa. Sister in law's Claire I Rich and husband Jack, Vivian A Grassette. Brother in law's Thomas Hickey ll and wife Nona, Daniel P Hickey and wife Karen. Numerous nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends. He will be remembered for his beautiful smile, his kind heart and his easy going spirit. He was truly one of a kind and will be forever missed. Burial will be private.

Condolence & Memory Journal

As the sun sets on what was your last evening on this earth 1 year ago today (February 27, 2021) - I find myself still struggling to find peace . I love you just as much - if not more ( if that´s possible ). I still find myself speaking out loud to you at times not really convinced that you can hear me . I ponder where your journey has taken you , & I pray that we will see each other again . Magical thinking ? . . . Maybe . I really hope not . You are missed by all of us on a level that I don´t believe that there is a word for . I know that you aren´t reading this , but I thought that it might be cathartic . we shall see . . . XO

Posted by Brenda Sousa-Moore - Family   February 27, 2022

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I'm putting these heart felt thoughts to paper.

There should be a word in this English language that far exceeds the word "great" in order to describe this man. Thinking back on the many years of being around this kind man I am reminded of the conversations at the kitchen table or more often the back porch, coffee in hand, I remember looking over their little bird sanctuary and watching the two hawks, creating a sense of calmness and appreciation for life.

These moments and many many more come to mind as WE, myself, Michelle and Brianna think about you, knowing that we will miss you tremendously as you travel on to your next journey.

Til we meet again Dad.

Posted by Brian Calve - Coventry, CT - family   March 05, 2021

Al and I will always remember the good times we shared with Ray and his memory will stay with us forever. Our condolences to his family.HugcN

Posted by Sherry and Al Kotowski - Coventry, CT - Friend   March 05, 2021

Dear Minnie, Catherine, Ray, Brenda, Mark and Richard,

Please accept my most sincere condolences. It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I'm sure you all are already missing Ray, Dad, Father-in-law. There is a very large gap in the universe and, I'm sure in each of your hearts.

You have been in my thoughts and prays since I first heard this tragic news from Brenda. I continue to pray for you all.



Posted by Cecilia Leary - Virginia Beach, VA - Family Friend   March 04, 2021

I had the privilege of knowing Mr Sousa or who I was lucky enough to call another Dad for more than forty years. He was the kindest man I ever knew and was always there for me. Some of my greatest childhood and adult memories happened at the Sousa house with him there. His laugh was infectious and he was always ready to eat some sweets with you. I will forever have a place in my heart for him and will truly miss him.

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