Raymond (Ray) William Lenox III of North Guilford, CT passed away peacefully on September 3, 2020 at his home, after a short and courageous battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. At his bedside were nursing colleagues, close friend Susan McSherry of NY, his husband Michael A. Russo and his beloved canine, Buddy. Ray was born on December 27, 1956 in Yonkers, NY to the late Raymond William Lenox Jr. and Lillian (McCormack) Lenox.
Married on the Summer Solstice of 2011 at their home also know as Trout Lily Farm, he is survived by his loving husband and companion of thirty-six years, Michael A. Russo. In addition, he leaves behind his sister in law, Donna Reis of Maine and her children; Aaron, Aiden and Alexander, his siblings, Joanne (Fred) Crellin of Blufton, South Carolina, brothers Tom (Jane) Lenox of Charlottesville, VA, Jim (Miki) Lenox of San Francisco, CA and nieces and nephews, Sarah, Jared, Brendan, Benjamin; Caroline, Elizabeth, Christopher; Kylie and Maxton who were delighted as young children by the annual Christmas visitation of a blue-eyed Santa Claus (AKA Uncle Raymond).
Ray was a graduate of Cardinal Spellman HS, Bronx New York and received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from UMass-Lowell in 1978. He became a Connecticut resident in the 1980’s to begin a career in the pharmaceutical industry and worked in Regulatory Affairs at Richardson-Vicks/ Proctor & Gamble Company located in Shelton, CT. When the company relocated to Ohio in 1992, Raymond made the decision to remain in CT and pursue his life-long dream of becoming a nurse and healthcare professional. He received his MSN from Yale School of Nursing in 1995 with a full scholarship from the Veteran’s Administration and continued his education earning a Post Master certification as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 1999. After graduation, he worked at the VA Hospital in West Haven as part of the Gulf War Veteran’s Health Project. He was also instrumental in launching, developing and implementing policy and standards for the Sackler Pain Management Unit at Greenwich Hospital. In 2001, Ray joined the Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Team at Yale’s Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven. In 2019 he received the prestigious Yale Cancer Center Ruth McCorkle APP Award for clinical excellence. Ray was highly respected and loved by his colleagues, a loyal friend and mentor to many.
Ray was a kind and generous man, his bright blue eyes could light up a room and his jovial laugh was contagious. He could be the life of the party and loved to dance, with or without a partner! He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and by all those whose lives he touched or provided with comfort.
Heartfelt thanks to the “Angels” of Smilow’s BMTCN team and Branford Hospice for their supportive, compassionate and magnificent care.
A private Celebration of Ray’s Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Raymond’s honor can be made to the following organizations: The Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, 749 E. Main St. Branford, the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research (https://lustgarten.org/donate) or the charity of your choice.
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