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Ray Alviano Passes

November 2, 2020

Kitchener, ON - - Ray Alviano Passes



 

Very sad news out of Kitchener/Waterloo, our good friend Ray Alviano has passed away.  Our condolences to Lucille and family.

Ray was well known in fasball circles, a tireless promoter of the game. 

I first met Ray and Lucille in Waterloo in 1996 when they hosted the Canadian Men's Championships. Ray and I worked together that week to get the word out, mostly by fax! Every year since I made sure to spend some time with the guy who wrote the book on making sure fastball got into the local news.

Ray played a pivotal role in bringing the ISC to Kitchener, the first time and those that followed.

RIP Ray!

 

Al Doran

 

 

 

With heavy hearts, the Alviano family announces the death of Ramon "Ray" at Grand River Hospital on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of 59 years to Lucille (nee Malleck). Loving father of Richard, Joseph (Liubov), Geoffrey (Kim) and Michael (Maike). Cherished grandpa to Tyler, Joey Jr., Anna (Nick) Vezza, Solomon (Lydia), Maria, Bella, Isaiah, Myles and great grandpa to William Vezza. Brother of Anthony and Stella (Barry) Johnson and uncle to Amy and Simon. He will be fondly remembered by the entire Malleck family and his many relatives and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Michael and Carmela Alviano and his brothers, Nicholas and Arcangelo. Ray Alviano got his start in the newspaper business in 1956 at the Guelph Mercury, working as a general reporter/photographer. In 1959, he was hired by the Kitchener-Waterloo Record sports department and started a 33 year career that included serving from 1968 to 1978 as sports editor. He was a member of the Ontario Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, serving two terms as president in the early 1970s. Ray also managed the K-W Civitan junior women's softball team in the 1980s, and in 1983 the team won the provincial and national championships. The Civitan team also won provincial and national honours in 1987, 1989 and 1990. In 1994, he was founding president of Kitchener Fastball Promotions, whose mandate was to bring provincial, national and international softball (fastball) events to the local community, the result of which was Kitchener hosting the 2002, 2006 and 2007 International Softball Congress World Tournaments. Ray's volunteerism has also been with Kitchener Minor hockey, Minor Girls Softball and Minor Baseball. Ray was a member of the local organizing committees for five Canadian junior baseball championships (1995-2000); volunteered for the 1997 World Women's Hockey Championship and the 2002 Four Nations Cup, and served as media vice-chair for the 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The Alviano family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 4-7pm.The Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, November 02, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Those unable to attend may view the service at henrywalser.com/live-streaming. Please RSVP to attend visiting and/or services and masks are mandatory inside the funeral home. A private interment will be held in Woodland cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Kitchener Minor Softball Association would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit www.henrywalser.com for Ray's memorial and to RSVP.

We lost Ray Alviano pictured above with our Memorial Stone project. He was a avid fastball man who served as GM of Ladies fastball, First President of Kitchener Fastball Promotions who brought the four ISC World Tournaments here. Ray was on our Memorial stone Committee as our talented carver Rob, took a field stone and turned it into a work of art. Ray spent many days in ball yards and as a Sports writer knew his trade very well after serving for 39 years.

Tom Clancy



From start to finish of the Angels in the Outfield memorial stone, Ray Alviano was a driving force and champion. He did so much for the betterment of softball and sport in K-W, his passing this week just means another angel will watch over every player who steps on the dirt and grass at Peter Hallman Ball Yard. Sleep well old friend. Larry

Larry Lynch

 

 

 

Henry Walser
https://www.henrywalser.com/memorials/ramon-alviano/4377016/


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Alviano, Ramon Vincent:

With heavy hearts, the Alviano family announces the death of Ramon "Ray" at Grand River Hospital on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the age of 86.

Beloved husband of 59 years to Lucille (nee Malleck). Loving father of Richard, Joseph (Liubov), Geoffrey (Kim) and Michael (Maike). Cherished grandpa to Tyler, Joey Jr., Anna (Nick) Vezza, Solomon (Lydia), Maria, Bella, Isaiah, Myles and great grandpa to William Vezza. Brother of Anthony and Stella (Barry) Johnson and uncle to Amy and Simon. He will be fondly remembered by the entire Malleck family and his many relatives and friends.
Predeceased by his parents, Michael and Carmela Alviano and his brothers, Nicholas and Arcangelo.

Ray Alviano got his start in the newspaper business in 1956 at the Guelph Mercury, working as a general reporter/photographer. In 1959, he was hired by the Kitchener-Waterloo Record sports department and started a 33 year career that included serving from 1968 to 1978 as sports editor. He was a member of the Ontario Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, serving two terms as president in the early 1970s.

Ray also managed the K-W Civitan junior women’s softball team in the 1980s, and in 1983 the team won the provincial and national championships. The Civitan team also won provincial and national honours in 1987, 1989 and 1990.

In 1994, he was founding president of Kitchener Fastball Promotions, whose mandate was to bring provincial, national and international softball (fastball) events to the local community, the result of which was Kitchener hosting the 2002, 2006 and 2007 International Softball Congress World Tournaments. Ray’s volunteerism has also been with Kitchener Minor hockey, Minor Girls Softball and Minor Baseball.

Ray was a member of the local organizing committees for five Canadian junior baseball championships (1995-2000); volunteered for the 1997 World Women’s Hockey Championship and the 2002 Four Nations Cup, and served as media vice-chair for the 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The Alviano family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 4-7pm.The Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, November 02, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Those unable to attend may view the service at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming. Please RSVP to attend visiting and/or services and masks are mandatory inside the funeral home. A private interment will be held in Woodland cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Kitchener Minor Girls Softball Association would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Visit www.henrywalser.com for Ray's memorial and to RSVP.



Kitchener Sports Association

Passing of Ray Alviano (Thursday, October 29, 2020)
Posted on Sun Nov 1st 2020



KSA member Ray Alviano passed away at Grand River Hospital on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the age of 86. A former sports-editor of the K-W Record, Ray was well-known on the local sports scene for his volunteer involvement with the K-W Civitans,  Kitchener Fastball Promotions, Kitchener Minor Girls Softball, Kitchener Minor Hockey and Kitchener Minor Baseball. He served on numerous tournament organizing committees including five Canadian junior baseball championships, the 1997 World Women's Hockey Championship, the 2002 Four Nations Cup, the 2010 Sr Women's Fastpitch Championship, and was the media vice-chair for the 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Over the years, Ray's efforts have been recognized by numerous athletic associations including KSA , Award of Excellence (Individual, 2009), and the local community through his induction into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.  Ray's contributions over the decades have had a huge impact on all of us.









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