Raymond (Ray) E. Callaway

Raymond (Ray) E. Callaway, 59, of Watertown, MA passed away at home on February 1, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ray the son of the late Virginia Callaway and late John Callaway was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and he grew up in Cambridge, MA. He graduated from Rindge Tech High School in Cambridge, MA. Ray received training through the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and in 1986, Ray began working as a Union Carpenter (New England Local 328). He was a skilled journeyman and always a staunch and loyal member of his local for over 30 years. Ray was a talented artist and musician who loved playing guitar. He also was a well-versed film buff and an avid reader. Ray, a grateful friend of Bill W., was also a devout Buddhist and a modest member of the Kurukulla Center in Medford, MA.

Ray is survived by his two sons, Andrew Callaway and Corey Callaway; his brothers Charles Callaway, Michael Callaway, the late John Callaway, and Richard Callaway and his wife, Caren; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and close friends. His quick wit, kindness, and compassionate spirituality will be deeply missed. Ray’s generosity and humor endured throughout his life.

A Celebration of Life will take place for Ray on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 12:00 to 4:00. Remembrances and tributes will be offered at 1:00. It will be held at the Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CareGroup Parmenter Hospice Center at
The American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html; or a charity of your choice.


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  1. Patti Goor on February 10, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    To the Callaway family my deepest sympathies for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  2. Kelly Erwin on February 10, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    RIP my dear cousin

    I will treasure our memories from Ballard Place for ever!!

    Love Kelly

  3. Michele Dow on February 10, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    My deepest condolences to your family.

  4. Mary Kelly on February 10, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I’m terribly sorry for your loss. Ray was a lovely man, he will be missed.

  5. Mark Sutherland on February 10, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Ray was smart, funny, a skilled carpenter, a good union man, and a great friend. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  6. Donna Tompkins Pauley on February 11, 2020 at 6:01 am

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all family and friends.

  7. Marie Oakley on February 14, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    I had the pleasure of having Ray for a neighbor. He was extremely friendly and always ready to lend a hand. I will miss him dearly.
    My condolences to his family.

  8. Meredith Knight on February 18, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I knew Ray from going to hear live music in Cambridge and Somerville. He was on my mailing list when I was sending out a weekly newsletter listing local live music .Really enjoyed his energy and his support.. Blessings to all of you at this time and going forward. Fondly, Meredith Knight

  9. Dorothy Ferguson Veith on February 26, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Sad to hear that he passed.I was a classmate of Rays at Morse Elementary School in Cambridge. In case you did not attend, we went from K-8th grade, so we really got to know our classmates, & Ray was always a great kid, who grew up to be a great person. My sincere condolences to the Callaway family & friends. God Bless Ray & his family.

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