Raymond Colucci, 86, Mamaroneck Dry Cleaner

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Raymond Colucci

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Raymond C. Colucci of Mamaroneck and Laurel, N.Y., died Wednesday, July 18, at Nyack Manor Nursing Home in Rockland County after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 86.

The son of Amadeo and Ida Colucci, he was born June 24, 1926. He married Barbara Sohier on Aug. 7, 1949, after serving in the military. She died in November 2004.

Along with his father and brothers, Colucci operated Colucci and Sons Dry Cleaners, the largest dry cleaning operation in the Bronx at the time. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Colucci launched a sales and marketing career. He became vice president of marketing at Rheem Textile before retiring in the 1990s.

Colucci continued working as a writer and consultant to the fabric care industry. He wrote a column in Drycleaner's News called "Speaking Out." An avid traveler, he made multiple trips to the Baltic states, Russia and Europe, especially Bologna, Italy, where he imported new dry cleaning technology to meet modern environmental standards.

He was predeceased by a sister, Rose; and three brothers, Eugene, George and Alfred. He is survived by a son, Robert (Marianne); two stepdaughters, Christine and Debra; a son-in-law, Bohdan Batorfalvy; and a daughter, Laura (Thomas) Allison.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home in Yonkers. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart in Yonkers.

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