Leo Raia

Died: Thu., Dec. 29, 2016

Celebration of Life

Sat., Jan. 07, 2017
Location: The Brass Horse


12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 07, 2017
Location: The Brass Horse

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Leo Raia, 80, of Terryville, formerly of Cape Coral, FL, husband of Lori (Evangelista) Raia passed away December 29, 2016 at Bristol Hospital.

Leo was born January 3, 1936 in NY, NY, son of the late Joseph and Stella (Battaglia) Raia.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.  Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated Raia Custom Upholstery.  Leo was a talented painter, an avid fisherman, loved the casino. He loved to eat and drink and have fun, He was a Tiger!  He was a member of the Ten-2-One Artist Club The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston.

Leo is loved by everyone who ever met him. His joy for life showed in everything he did. He was often heard saying: "I live life my way!" and boy did he!! Nothing slowed him down. He loved his family and his friends and he loved to eat, drink and laugh!

Besides his wife he is survived by his daughters, Lisa Ciufo of Terryville, Linda Raia of Waterbury, Laraine Raia and her companion Tadd of Beacon Falls, Lucy Raia and her wife, Anna Burke of Sparta, NJ; his brother, Sal Raia of PA; his sister, Frances Balducci of NY; his grandchildren, Lori, Steve, Jason, Patrick, Kate, Joseph, Korrine, Matthew, Megan, Nate, Emma, Adam, and Seth; his great grandchildren, Fiametta, Alexa, Leo, Ollie, and Nick and his dog Jersey.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday January 7, 2017 at The Brass Horse, 87  New Hartford Rd., Barkhamsted, CT, from 12:00 to 3:00PM

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr. Wallingford, CT  06492.

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Carmina Ayazides
   Posted Mon January 02, 2017
My family and I wish to express our sincerest condolences to Lori and family. Leo was a very talented artist and a true joy to be around. He had such a zest for living and did so with great gusto. As a member of the Ten to One Artists, I can say Leo will be missed.

Carmina Ayazides and family

Molly Barnes
   Posted Tue January 03, 2017
How I will miss my fellow artist, Leo. His paintings reflect all the joy and abundance
he felt in life. In them, his vibrant life will be continued for many, many years. In addition, his spinach and sausage breads were not to be missed! He was so "real" and positive. Regrettably, I am unable to be with you, his family and friends, on January
7th since I will be at another memorial for a member of my own family. But, my
thoughts will be with you all. Without knowing his greater family, I feel sure they reflect
the kindness and love that Leo represented. How fortunate you all are to have had
Leo as the head of your family.

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