Peter J. "Pete" Rayo

Born: Wed., Sep. 2, 1931
Died: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 07, 2018
Location: Mathewson-Forani Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Mass

11:30 AM Thu., Mar. 08, 2018
Location: St. Matthew's Church

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Peter J. “Pete” Rayo, 86, of East Syracuse, passed away February 25, 2018. He was born in East Syracuse and graduated from East Syracuse High School. He served in the US Marine Corps and played trumpet in one of the Corps Bands. He was employed by General Electric and then became well known in the car business having worked for various dealerships and retired from Adessa Auto Brokers in Cicero. Pete was an avid golfer. His interest started as a caddy at a young age at Onondaga Country Club. He became an accomplished golfer acquiring six holes in one which he proudly displayed on his license plate. He belonged to St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse. He was predeceased by his wife, Carla Van deBogart Rayo in 2003. Survived by his children, Peter (Marion) Rayo of Syracuse, Patrick Rayo of East Syracuse, Perry Rayo of Chittenango and Jon (Janel) of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Jayson, Paige and Jared Rayo and Valencia Magistro; his siblings, Betty Butler, Ida Tagliaferri, Joseph Rayo, Mary Callisto, Frank (Chici) Rayo, Michael (Donna) Rayo and Anna Marie (James) Alexander; several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday March 8 at 11:30am at St. Matthew’s Church. Burial will follow in the Vererans Memorial Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 5-8pm at MATHEWSON-FORANI FUNERAL HOME, INC, 206 Kinne St., East Syracuse. Leave a condolence to the family by clicking the condolence tab above

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Mary Lou Strom
   Posted Thu March 01, 2018
My sincere sympathy to the Rayo family for your loss. It has been many years since I lived in Syracuse but I have fond memories of Pete and Carla and the entire Rayo family. Pete was a great person and will be missed and remembered by all who knew him. I will always remember his broad smile and kindness.

Mike Ostuni
   Posted Thu March 01, 2018
I am sorry to hear of Pete's passing-good guy and competitor, had a fun time playing you brothers.
I am in Florida and won't be back for services.
Condolences to you and your family.
Your friend,
Mike Ostuni

   Posted Thu March 01, 2018
Pete was the best! We have known him for many years .He always had a smile on his face and a lot of love for all who knew him:)We will miss this
gentleman :) God Bless You

james becker
   Posted Thu March 01, 2018
so sad to hear about the passing of pete. he was a wonderful person. he will be missed by many of his friends.

   Posted Fri March 02, 2018
To the Rayo Family,
We are very sorry to learn of your loss of Pete. All of your family were good customers at the bakery - carrying on Italian traditions during the holidays with canollis! We could always count on your patronage over the many years for baked goods - and exchange good conversation. It's hard to let go of the patriarch of a family however keep your good memories close in your hearts and he is always with you. In Peter's memory, we will be making a donation to Syracuse Honor Flight, so veterans can travel to Washington DC this year to their memorials. May Pete rest in peace.
Pauline Fallico and Family

Norm Luther
   Posted Fri March 02, 2018
So sorry to hear about Pete's passing. Will miss seeing him at the golf course.

John Mantaro
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
A long time friend of Pete and family from Second St.
Rest In Peace...

Aubrey & Scott Bauman
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Both Scott and I knew Pete from our days at ADESA Syracuse/Tri-State Auto Auction. He had an infectious laugh and smile and always cared for all of us, his extended family through work. It has been a few years since we have seen him, but we will hold on tight to our memories of him. We are so sorry for your loss.

Billy Joe Butler and Jen Kaczmarski
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Dear Rayo Family-
We offer our deepest sympathy with the passing of Uncle Pete and are so very sorry we are unable to attend his services. Billy Joe has shared so many stories about Uncle Pete and his family. He is very much loved and will be missed dearly. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lobe - Billy Joe and Jen

Dan & Valerie Schuler
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
To all the Rayo family, our thoughts are with you. Pete was a very special person and will be greatly missed...we had a lot of fun golf trips to Vegas with him and memories that will last forever. Love to the family.

Chuck Jonick
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
To, Mike and family members Pete was a fantastic guy. Was a huge help at Northern Pines Golf Course, when we worked there. He never stopped helping everybody and members. he was always appreciated, he did that at anything he worked at. My compete sympathy for your family and the loss of Pete. I was unable to make the calling hour and Im very sorry. And he will be missed by all. Chuck Joinck

Anthony (Tony) Archino
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
It was good to have seen everyone at the church. I couldn't make it to the funeral. We were neighborhood cousins. Pauline and I have fond memories of our times together with the family. Condolences from the Archinos.

Steve Sullivan
   Posted Sun March 11, 2018
Just heard of Pete's passing. Many good memories of Pete at East Syracuse Chevrolet and on the golf course. My thoughts and prayers are with Pete's family at this difficult time.
Steve Sullivan
Saranac Lake NY

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