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Raymond Allen "Ray" Smith
September 3, 1953 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Raymond Allen Smith, affectionately known as Ray was born on September 3rd, 1953 in Queens, New York to father John Smith who Transitioned in August 1989 and Virginia Smith who also transitioned in February 2017. He grew up with four siblings who all transitioned Diane, Cheryl, Melvin and Arnold. In 1979 Raymond moved into a beautiful house in South Jamaica Queens with his parents and 4 siblings. He attended John Bowne High School where he met Regina Fields. Together they would have 4 beautiful daughters.
Raymond spent the earlier years of his life working as a housekeeper in Queens General Hospital in order to provide for his family. He resided in Brownsville, Brooklyn New York from 1988-1997 and finally moved to flushing Queens where he helped raise his family. In the year 2000 he moved back in with his mother and he met Sylvia Williams who transitioned in March 2018. They married each other on February 14th, 2008. Raymond had all daughter and when it came to them he did not play about his girls.
He enjoyed being in the company of his children and grandchildren who always looked forward to visiting him when he lived with his mother. Raymond had a family tradition that he would do every summer with his kids. He would take them to Coney Island with their mother and his bestfriends Arnold Edmead who he made the Godfather of his daughters. Christmas was always a game because he would always save the best gift for all his girls which was always a game system. Raymond was famous for his pancakes with the Alaga Syrup. He loved food and it had to be name brand food. The mayo had to be Hellmanns. The ketchup had to be Heinz. He could not eat cereal unless his milk had ice chips in it. As we all would say he was very humorous and particular about things especially when he wanted to get his point across. He would tell so many jokes and have everyone in tears, his personality will be missed by so many.
He leaves behind his (4) daughter's Shaidah Watts, Aisha Smith A.K.A (Iair), Shani Smith A.K.A (Lani), Safiya Taylor A.K.A (La), two sons-in-law; Troy Taylor and Michael Watts, (8) grandchildren Brian Johnson III, Isaiah Smith, Kayla Wilson A.K.A (Beef), Kiara Moses A.K.A (Busy), Taraji Sanders, Troy Taylor Jr., Aniyah Smith and Xavier Watts. His best friend Arnold Edmead A.K.A as our Godfather; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends who loved him dearly.