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Raymond Lester Preston

Raymond L. Preston, 67, formerly of South Otselic, NY, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Throughout his illness, Raymond bravely kept his unique sense of humor, with a positive outlook and no complaints.

Ray was born August 5, 1953, son of the late Gordon L. Preston of South Otselic and is survived by his mother, Doris Kenyon Seames, of Tucson, AZ, as well as brother Bob Preston of PA (wife Lorrie) and sister Janice Haines of CO (husband Bob), niece Nicole (Preston) Sofranko and her four children, and nephews Matthew and Mark Preston, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 

He was a graduate of Otselic Valley Central School and worked as a talented craftsman, painter, and jack of all trades.   Ray was quite a storyteller.  With his rare ability to find humor in every situation, he entertained family and his many friends with his tales.  He made an adventure out of everyday life.  Locals may remember Ray’s deep bass voice belting out “The Auctioneer” song.  He will be truly missed.

The family hopes to host a celebration of life later this year when the pandemic abates.  Donations in Raymond’s memory can be made to the Valley View Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 57, South Otselic, NY 13155.

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A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Preston

Catherine A Brochu Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

My sympathy to all the Preston family
I knew his father Gordy. Good friend of Harold. Spent a lot of time as a kid with others playing Basketball in the barn at Lesters farm on the Union Valley Road.
Knew all the Prestons there.
Now he,s a Great Spirit.
Semper Fi

Lanny E Morse Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sad to hear about Ray, my sincere sympathytoyour family.I knew Raymond from the casino, probably for about 10 years.He always mademe laugh. He was a great guy, there was nobody like him. Raymond wasn't just someoneyou sawat the casino, he was a friend. He was a friend to all who knew him. I will truly and deeply miss him, as will the many friends he made there. It will not be the same to go there and not see Raymond.

Maryann Lewis Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

I was saddened to hear about Ray's passing. I met him at the Turning Stone and he was always so friendly and I looked forward to chatting with him. He was a good man!

Kelli Nikodem Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Preston

Phil Totman Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

Bob & Preston families ~
Was sorry to hear of Rays passing after a courageous battle. Such a genuinely good man!

Phil Totman Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM