Deacon Raymond Ellis, among Camden’s first deacons, dies

Deacon Raymond Ellis, among Camden’s first deacons, dies

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Deacon Raymond Ellis, 78, a retired deacon in the Diocese of Camden who served at St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral, Camden; St. Peter, Merchantville; and St. Stephen, Pennsauken, died March 23.

Born in the Bronx and growing up in the New York City area, he served in the U.S. Army after high school.

While a patient in a Veterans Administration Hospital, he met his future wife, Joan, who was serving as a nurse, and was married to her for 49 years. The couple moved to the South Jersey area, and Deacon Ellis earned a bachelor’s degree in business. He worked as an executive in the banking industry.

On Oct. 4, 1976, he was ordained with the first class of deacons in the Camden Diocese by Bishop George Guilfoyle. In addition to his work with St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral; St. Peter; and St. Stephen, he assisted in the pastoral care office at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

A viewing will be held Monday, April 1, 7-9 p.m., and Tuesday, April 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m., at Alloway Funeral Home, 315 E. Maple Avenue, Merchantville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, 10 a.m., in St. Stephen’s Church, Pennsauken.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan Hospice, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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