Raymond Lee Fels

Raymond Lee Fels, 88, of Fairview, Pa., passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Fairview Manor, following a brief illness.

He was born in Elizabeth, Pa., on July 27, 1924, a son of the late William and Ella Wood Fels.

Raymond graduated from Charleroi High School, where he was the class treasurer. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Raymond returned home and completed his education at Grove City College graduating in 1949.

He moved to Erie after graduation and worked for a brief time at Erie Business Center until forming his own company.

Raymond owned and operated Raymond L. Fels and Associates a consulting, public relations and lobbying firm. He served many prominent local and national clients for more than 50 years until his retirement.

He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Church.

Raymond enjoyed playing piano and listening to jazz music. He had an extensive record and sheet music collection. He loved sailing, tennis, was an avid runner and was very proud to have run his first marathon at the age of 60. He spent many afternoons at Presque Isle walking and enjoying the beauty of nature. He also enjoyed New York City and attending Broadway shows.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: William, George, Eugene and Donald Fels; and a nephew, Captain William Fels of the U.S. Coast Guard.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Luciano Fels; two sons: Bryan L. and his wife, Angela Arduini Fels of Fairview, and Brett G. and his wife, Colleen Moran Fels, of Wilmington, N.C.; four grandchildren: Erin Rae Straughan and her husband Chad, Brendan Fels and his wife, Drea, Colin Fels and Matthew Fels; a special great-grandson Wells; a sister-in-law, Judy Luciano, and a great-granddaughter soon to be born. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home 3801 W. 26th St. (at Powell Ave) Erie, Pa. on Friday from 3-7 p.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St., Erie PA 16506 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Polinek, celebrant, Deacon Anthony Alleruzzo, assisting and the Rev. Ted Marconi concelebrating.

Burial will be private in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Jamestown, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Peace School Scholarship Fund 2401 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16506.

Send condolences online at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.