Obituary of Raymond Basil Tahan
Raymond Basil Tahan passed away suddenly at St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville on December 30, 2022, at the age of 74.
Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, he was a 1965 graduate of Don Bosco Tech. He later lived in Belleville before moving to Rockaway Twp. 35 years ago.
Ray proudly served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. Upon returning from the service, he owned and operated “J & B Deli” in Bloomfield, and then the “Salad Bowl” in Belleville between 1970 and 1985. He later owned “Happy Time Travel Agency” with his wife Sarah in West Paterson. His passion for cars and entreupreneur spirit lead him to establish “Marcella Cars” in Rockaway Twp. He was a devoted husband, father, Giddo (grandfather), brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Ray was an active member of and involved in various local community boards and committees. His love of British sports cars contributed to his association with numerous organizations such as Jaguar Auto Group, New Jersey Triumph Club, et al. Those who knew him well, understood that the only thing that was more important than cars, to Ray, was spending time with his grandsons and family.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 31 years, Sarah Diane (Roberts) Tahan in 2014.
Ray is survived by his loving children Tracey and her husband Andrew Chiurazzi of Waldwick, Tiffany Tahan of Rockaway Twp., and Sarah Elizabeth Tahan and her husband Nicholas Wilbur of Sparta. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Johnny and Nick Chiurazzi and Nolan Wilbur as well as his sisters Frieda, Mary and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday January 4, 2023, from 3:00PM to 7:00PMat Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Avenue, Denville, 07834www.normandean.com. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Thursday, January 5, at St. Simon the Apostle Church, 1010 Green Pond Road Newfoundland, NJ 07435.
Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa.
Memorial donations can be made in his memory to St. Simon the Apostle Church by way of inmemof.org.
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