South Plainfield – Raymond Jazikoff, 87, passed away surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, September 1, 2020 in Brick.
Born in Elizabeth, Ray resided in Hillside before settling to South Plainfield in 1963 where he and his late wife, Pauline were happily married for 51 years while they proudly raised their four children.
Raymond entered the US Army in 1953 where he proudly served his country as a tank driver. He later left the service honorably and nobly, as a Korean War Veteran in 1955.
A hard working man of many trades, who was a glass blower, an umpire/referee, and a dock worker for a trucking company. After retirement, Ray continued his work as a devoted umpire while assisting in special education classes at Scotch Plains-Fanwood School.
While Ray enjoyed watching, teaching and participating in sports, his greatest passion was to coach his own children. He umpired hundreds of high school baseball and softball games in South Plainfield, refereed both soccer and basketball games, and worked the game clock at Bishop Ahr.
Raymond was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and enjoyed watching the games with his family. He enjoyed many hobbies, including bowling, hunting and fishing, and eating cheesesteaks with his grandson. He also loved family trips to Atlantic City and Florida.
Predeceased by his wife, Pauline Jazikoff; surviving are his four children, Donna Daly, Raymond Jazikoff and Patty, Michael Jazikoff, and Robert Jazikoff, his wife, Lori and six grandchildren, Jessica, Ayrika, Raymond Jr., Kylee, John Jr., and Kacie.
Family and friends may gather in the funeral home from 4-8PM on Wednesday.
Funeral services will begin on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9AM in McCriskin – Gustafson Home for Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Avenue South Plainfield NJ 07080 followed by a 10:15AM funeral mass in Sacred Heart RC Church.
Entombment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the American Breast Cancer Foundation.