Tighe, Norton Raymond
Wadsworth, OH

Norton Raymond ‘Ray’ Tighe, 97, died with his family by his side on January 8, 2013, at Hospice of Medina.
Born August 31, 1915 in Cleveland Ohio to Mathias George and Freda (nee Borchert) Tighe, Ray was the eldest of four children, including brothers, George and Gerald and a sister, Marguerite.
Ray was a classic example of the “greatest generation”. An aerospace design engineer at Curtiss Wright, Goodyear Aerospace, and Boeing he also played violin with Akron Symphony. He loved learning new things including skiing at age 50 which he kept up until his late 80’s. Good at nearly everything he tried; he used his skills and time generously from making lovely woodworking gifts to repairing numerous bikes which he gave away to children and adults all around town who needed one. He could design, build, or repair seemingly anything. Ray shared his love of the outdoors and travel with his family whom he took to Canada and on tours of the entire continental US. He played and coached baseball, biked, and went hunting, fishing, hiking and camping throughout his life.
On July 7, 1946 he married Laura (nee Frank) whom he had met while attending Ohio State University. Ray and Laura lived most of their married life in Wadsworth Oh. Active members of the First Christian Church of Christ, Ray was always ready to lend a hand putting together the newsletter, painting, or joining in plays and skits. Ray made people smile wherever he went.
Ray and Laura wanted a large family and were blessed with eight children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Ray and Laura and their then family of 5 boys were named ‘Goodyear Family of the Year’.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Laura (nee Frank) and their children: sons Michael (Billie), Joseph, Patrick (Diane), James (Nancy), Larry, and George, and daughters Barbara (Derek) Moore, and Catherine. Ray had nine grandchildren: Kathryn (John), Sydney, Patrick, Jenny, Jill (Saul), David, Antonio, Alex, and Nicholas and two great-grandchildren: Jake and Preston. Ray’s brothers George and Gerald Tighe both survive him. Ray was predeceased by his sister Marguerite Oros.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan 12th at 10 am with a service to follow at 11 am. Both will be held at First Christian Church, 116 E. Boyer Street, Wadsworth Ohio 44281. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Medina.
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