Raymond M. Tortolani
Hutchinson Island, Florida
Raymond M. Tortolani of Hutchinson Island, Florida, passed away on August 29, 2022. He was the husband of Lorraine (Prata) Tortolani…Ray and Lorraine dated in high school and married on September 27, 1957. They were happily married for 65 years and still in love. Ray was born in Providence, RI on June 29, 1933, son of the now deceased Domenic and Anna (D’Amico) Tortolani. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Paul Tortland of CT and Steven S. Tortolani of Dallas, TX and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael in May 2017.
Ray graduated from Brown University in 1956. In January 1957, he entered the Navy Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1957. Ray served on the cruiser USS St. Paul. Later on, he was transferred to the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany. He was a LTJG. and remained so until retirement.
Ray started his business career in market research with Dow Chemical in Midland, MI. He later worked for an advertising agency in Manhattan on Madison Ave. taking a position as Executive V.P. of marketing and market research. The family relocated to Stamford, CT and lived there for 20 years until Ray started his own business, Market Forum. He retired in 1990 to Hutchinson Island, Florida and enjoyed all the amenities Florida has to offer, i.e., tennis, golfing, swimming, and boating. He retained his membership at the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520. Finally, he was able to pursue his life-long dream and love of writing and had two books published- “The Last Nazi-A Tale of Passion and Sorrow” and “The War the South was Forced to Fight”. He was still writing for the weeks of his life and had a third book almost finished.
Ray adored his family and the love of his life, Lorraine. Ray was a family man, and they came first above all else. He was a special man, brilliant and loving, a very special human being who shall be so sadly missed. We lost an incredible man whose intelligence, love of history, sense of humor, and kindness have always been inspired by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. An online guest book may be signed at