Raymond M. Cieslak - North Kingstown

Raymond M. Cieslak - North Kingstown

Raymond M. Cieslak, age 77, of North Kingstown, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 5, at Kent County Hospital with his loving wife by his side. Ray and Paulette had been married for 10 years and had been life partners for 28 years. He was the most kind-hearted and generous man, always ready to give advice and impart life lessons to friends and family.

Ray was born in Hamtramck, Mich., to the late Wanda (Cwikla) Schuler. He attended Cass Tech High School in Detroit before attending the University of Michigan on an Evans Scholarship. Ray earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wayne State University in Detroit. He worked as an assistant comptroller at Textron Corporation for 30 years before retiring in 2006. Ray achieved the Life Master rank in bridge and would play at Warwick Bridge Club. He was also an inner-club member at Fenner Hill Golf Course since it opened in 1999. Ray had a lifelong goal to play golf in every state in the country. A patron of the arts, he was a season ticket holder at PPAC, Trinity Repertory, and the R.I. Philharmonic. Ray was an avid reader in his retirement and a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan.

Ray is survived by his loving wife, Paulette (Desaulniers) Cieslak; siblings, Bert Cieslak of Ashburn, Va., and Rose Anderson of Ypsilanti, Mich.; stepdaughter, Beverly (Lyle) Trottier of Novi, Mich.; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, in-laws, and friends.

Besides his mother, Ray is predeceased by his stepfather Walter Schuler; longtime companion, Pat Woodward; his “belle-mere,” Vicky Desaulniers; brother-in-law, Steve Anderson; and nephew Marc Desaulniers.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 17, from 5 to 6 p.m., in the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, with a service in the funeral home at 6 p.m.

A live streaming of Ray’s service will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, and may be found on the funeral home Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FaganQuinnFuneralHome/live_videos/ .

In lieu of flowers, Ray would have appreciated a donation in his memory to a charity of your choosing or one of his favorite charities: R.I. Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Ave., Providence, RI 02907, or to your local Salvation Army: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/ .

Kindly visit www.FaganQuinnFuneralHome.com for information and online condolences.