Raymond Michael Ganim of Brooklyn, NY passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday April 14th at Calvary Hospital. Raymond was born on September 22, 1930 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Son of the late Nellie and Tofie (Tom) Ganim and brother of the late Donald Ganim. After graduating Fort Hamilton High School, he enlisted in the Naval Air Force in 1950 and served honorably for 3 years at Floyd Bennet Field as a flight mechanic. After his discharge at the end of the Korean War, Raymond went to work in his family’s business at “Tom’s Garage” on the corner of State Street and Boerum Place as master mechanic until 1967 when he changed careers to become a Real Estate Broker following his marriage to Judy Di Rienzi. One of many highlights of his real estate career was brokering the first deal with the Bank of China after President Nixon opened trade relations in 1972. Throughout his career he assembled some of the most prominent office buildings in midtown Manhattan during the 1970’s and 1980’s. While operating as a broker he partnered up in Harbor Racquetball in Bay Ridge Brooklyn in 1983 because of his love of the game. Here he simultaneously opened a popular night club called “Strings” on the premises. 1991 the place was rebranded as Harbor Fitness with his two sons, Michael and Christopher. In the following years they have expanded their fitness brand across Brooklyn with 4 locations.
Besides his family and business, his passion was the game of Golf. He spent many a day golfing at his favorite courses at Westchester Country Club in Rye New York where he was a member for 31 years, and winters in Hallandale Florida with his life-long friends.
When his children were young they spent every summer at The Silver Gull Club in Rockaway Queens. Here he enjoyed relaxing with a glass of wine and either Frank Sinatra or Pavarotti playing in the background surrounded by his family and friends after playing paddle ball or tennis or sitting by the beach and the pool. In later years he would do the same at the beach at Westchester Country Club with his grand children
Raymond is survived by his loving wife Judy of 50 years, his son Michael married to Kerry, his son Christopher married to Stella, and his daughter Alison married to Louis Coluccio. He has 6 grandchildren; Thomas, Julianna, Christian, Alexander, Ava, and Luigi, whom he loved with all of his heart.
The wake shall be held at McLoughlin Funeral Home at 9620 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11209 on Tuesday April 17th from 2PM - 5PM and from 7PM - 9PM. Funeral Service will be held at St Anselm Church at 356 - 82 Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11209 at 9:45AM
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