E. Raymond Ianni passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Eclisso Raymondo Ianni was born during a complete solar eclipse on August 31, 1932. Being born on the day of this remarkable event for its time, his parents Ernesto and Mary (Cantera), decided to name him Eclisso. Not appreciating the uniqueness of his birthname, when Eclisso became a teenager he chose to go by Ray, as his family and friends knew him.
He was the youngest of four children, Edmond, Ernest (Doc), and Jean, all raised in the Little Italy section of Wilmington, DE.
Upon graduation from Wilmington High School in 1950, he went to the University of Delaware where he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was an Army Veteran who served stateside during the Korean War. Raymond was a true patriot, and although he lived in the city of DuPont’s world HQs, he chose to continue to his service by working for the Department of Defense & Engineering at Philadelphia and Lakehurst’s Naval Air Warfare Centers. Never one to call attention to himself, his family learned later in life he had been the recipient of numerous service and recognition awards. He was a brilliant engineer specializing on Aircraft Carrier catapult systems and ultimately retired from the DODE after nearly 30 years.
In his late 20s he was introduced by his sister-in-law Jean (Nepa) Ianni to his wife Constance (Connie). After living in Trenton, NJ for a few years they returned to Little Italy to be closer to friends and family and to raise their three children.
In addition to being a math wiz, he was quite an athlete who loved the games of golf and baseball. He played semi-pro baseball for a short period of time and was a staple at Father Tucker field where he would often teach, coach and play with the neighborhood kids. His influence is seen to this day as many of those neighborhood kids, now adults, credit their love and knowledge of golf to Ray. As much as he loved the game of baseball (and Joe DiMaggio), his true passion was for the game of golf. His love of golf was only equaled by his frustration as he was known to throw tantrums and the occasional golf club from time to time (which was the antithesis of his reserved temperament). He spent countless hours at the driving range at Ed “Porky” Oliver and enjoyed giving tips to younger players. He also competed in several state amateur and senior golf tournaments.
A multidimensional man, when not computing math equations and playing sports, he enjoyed quietly sketching and drawing at his drafting table by himself. A modest man with many talents, one could describe him as a modern day Renaissance Man.
Even though Ray was a man of few words, he had an impact on those who truly knew him. In addition to his love of country and sports, he thoroughly enjoyed listening to Sinatra, Big Band and reading the newspapers front to back, always starting with the sports page/box scores. He was a modest family man devoted to his wife Connie. He is survived by his three children - Raymond (Tina), Michael, Nicole (Chuck) Bydlon, his grandchildren, Angela, Christopher, Julian, and Emelia, as well as his sister Jean Pavoni.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12pm, July 27th, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 9th & DuPont Street, Wilmington, where family and friends are invited to call after 10:30am.
Entombment will be held privately in Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the St. Anthony’s Education Fund, 901 N. DuPont Street Wilmington, DE.9805.