Ramon “Ray” Carazo, 76, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Joanne Visnosky Carazo for 53 years. Ray was born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania on March 28, 1942 and was the son of the late Joseph and Wilma Strbo Carazo. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry & Physics and upon graduation for several years worked for Pennsalt Specialty Chemical Company in Rochester, NY. Then Ray got the call for his true passion which was coaching basketball and returned to his alma mater as Assistant Basketball Coach @ U Penn under Dick Harter & Chuck Daly. In 1975, he became the Head Basketball Coach at Yale University. For many years before his retirement he worked for Burns Nationwide Insurance of Naugatuck. Ray was an avid golfer, reader, and sports fan having played basketball, baseball & football. Ray had a wonderful sense of humor who enjoyed gardening and painting, loved crossword puzzles, loved life, his family and friends. Ray had a passion for knowledge & learning and imparted his wisdom on anyone who was willing to listen. Father of Karen Carazo and Christopher (Lisa) Carazo. Brother of Joseph (Phyllis) Carazo and William (Jean) Carazo.
Funeral services will be conducted in the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Wednesday morning, Sept. 5th at 11:00 with the Rev. Timothy Meehan officiating. Family and friends may call from 10:00 until time of service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Please omit flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Haven, Inc., 89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT 06473.