December 24, 1923 – September 5, 2010
Raymond Daniel Sabo, 86, of Glendale, CA, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2010. He was born on December 24, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest of eight children. At age nine he moved with his family to Los Angeles. Ray attended Cathedral High School where he distinguished himself both academically and in football, basketball and baseball competition. Upon graduation in 1941, Ray accepted a basketball scholarship to St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. In 1943, his sophomore year, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, received officer’s training and served as a navigator on B 29 missions during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Ray returned to his education at U.S.C., where he was also a member of the Trojan baseball team.
In 1949, Ray married Rosemary Catherine Bowen at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, where they purchased a home in Van Nuys. In 1951, Ray was recalled to military service during the Korean War and flew many missions in Korea through 1953, when he was again honorably discharged from the Air Force.
Returning from the military, Ray became employed at Technicolor, Inc., in Hollywood, where he worked for over 40 years as a color timer on both major motion pictures and television programs. Always an athlete, Ray was an avid golfer and devoted countless hours to coaching the baseball teams on which his sons, Gerard and Raymond played in their youth.
In 1964, Ray moved his family to Glendale, where he resided for 46 years. Upon retiring from Technicolor in 1986, Ray devoted himself to his grandchildren, and he was a frequent presence at the Scholl Canyon and Babe Herman baseball fields where his grandsons Jim, Michael, and Colin participated in baseball practices and games. Whether it be coaching advice, or guidance in school or life’s lessons, Ray was always available to provide his thoughtful insight and assistance. Along with his wife, Rosemary, he was an active member of Incarnation Catholic Church, in Glendale.
After 58 years of marriage, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary, who passed away on March 12, 2007.
Ray is survived by his son Gerard and daughter-in-law, Virginia; his son, Raymond; daughter-in-law, Karen, and by his grandchildren Julie, Jim, Michael, Elizabeth and Colin.
Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at Incarnation Catholic Church, in Glendale.