Ray, Dad, Friend and Patriot passed away peacefully during the early morning hours of February 16th 2010 at age 79. Easy going and an enjoyable presence, Ray will be greatly missed. Ray is survived by his loving wife Myrtle of 59 years, son Don, daughter Mary Quackenbush, daughter Cathy Gonzales and her husband Frank and their families including 5 grand children and 8 great grandchildren. Ray was preceded in death by his son Ron in 1997. Born in New York City, Ray moved to the Los Angeles area at an early age where he lived most of his life. Ray graduated from Leuzinger High School and then joined the Air Force in 1948 and was a Staff Sergeant at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Later Ray worked at the military supply depot in Topeka Kansas for 4 years. Ray then relocated back to California with his young family, living in Carson for 18 years while working for North American Aviation as a Fire Fighter and Security Sergeant for Rockwell International. Ray and Myrtle moved to the Southwood neighborhood in Torrance where they lived for 33 years. Ray enjoyed his retirement in the garden, collecting collectables, taking trips with Myrtle and enjoying his many friendships in Torrance as well as with his Half Century Club members in La Mirada. The McDermott family would like to thank the many nurses, therapists, doctors and friends that cared for Ray during his difficult battle with cancer. A family memorial will be held at a later date.

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  1. I had the good fortune to meet Mr and Mrs McDermott after the summer of 1974. My brother David and I’d met Don and Ron on the beach in Hermosa Bch that summer and we became good friends. We spent many wonderful days at the beach and the boys kind and generous nature were a fine reflection on the parents they dearly loved. Time went on, we drifted apart, but it was always a pleasure to catch up when we did, it gave me great pleasure to learn that Don and Rons parents always lived a happily contented life. My sincerest condolences on your loss of a great husband and father, you were truly blessed to have had him so long. Yours very truly, Celia Gonzales

  2. I had the pleasure of working with Ray (“Mac”) for over 30 years at North American Aviation/Rockwell. He was not only a great co-worker, but I also had the privilege of sharing a wonderful friendship with him even after retirement. He was like a brother to me, and I have many wonderful memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with him, Myrtle, and his family. Stanley Williams

  3. I was fortunate to have met “Mac” and his wife Myrtle through my father during the years that they worked together. Our paths crossed on many occasions over the years on our trips to the mall or to Torrance restaurants. I was always greeted warmly with a smile and a hug, and I was very pleased that Mac & Myrtle were able to attend my wedding back in 1997. It was a pleasure knowing you Mac. God bless you and your family. Donna (Williams) Murphy

  4. To Cathy and the McDermott family. Our family was saddened to hear of your loss and wish to convey our sorrow at hearing of this news.I hope the best to you and your mother and all your family.We miss you dearly and respect your Privacy and would love to hear from you some day if you wish. my number is (310)835-9122, still at the same place in carson. Truly sorry for this untimely news. May you and your family have a blessed and wonderful future. We Will never forget you Sam Sandate

  5. we enjoyed being part of Ray’s group of friends from the Del Amo Mall. It was a pleasure talking and laughing with him and his wife- as part of the ‘Mall Gang’ we will miss him sadly.

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