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212 E. Fourth Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4331
Justice Raymond Berry

Justice Raymond H. Berry

Wednesday, December 5th, 1934 - Monday, July 13th, 2020
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Justice Raymond H. Berry formerly of Reading Center NY passed away July 13, 2020 at Aaron Manor Nursing Home in Fairport NY at the age of 85.

Friends are invited to call at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday (July 17) from 4pm-7pm; a graveside funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:00am at Pleasant View Cemetery, Cemetery Street, Reading Center, officiated by the Rev. David Daniels. You may express condolences and remembrances online at in his obituary.

He is preceded by his parents Elmo L. Berry and Doris E. Berry. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Sandra (Nusbaum), daughter and son-in-law Susan and David Smugereski, his granddaughter Catherine (the light of his life), sister Lois Morris, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Raymond worked for over 40 years at the Westinghouse plant in Horseheads and during this time he found his second calling as a Town Justice, in the Town of Reading, a position he was successfully elected to and continued to be re-elected to for 35 years. He was also fortunate during this time to serve as acting Village Justice for the Village of Watkins Glen NY. In 2004, he was awarded the “NYS Magistrate of the Year”, an honor that truly humbled him. The one job that he enjoyed the most as a Justice was that he was able to perform numerous wedding ceremonies.

Raymond was an active member of the Reading Community Church, where over the years he served as Deacon, Trustee, and finally as Moderator. He also served on the Pleasant View Cemetery Board for many years. It was also his pleasure as a judge to serve on the Youth Board Court as an advisor.

Raymond was a devoted husband, a loving father, a doting grandfather, and a friend to all. Raymond will be remembered for his infectious smile, the ever present twinkle in his eye, his keen sense of humor, his love for Christmas, his passion for photography, his gentle nature, his love for desserts, but most of all for his love for family and those who he thought of as family.

Following the graveside service, a pie and dessert reception will be hosted in his honor at the Reading Community Church. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Pleasant View Cemetery
    100 Cemetery Road
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    Rev. David Daniels
  • Interment

    Pleasant View Cemetery
    100 Cemetery Road
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    Following the graveside service, a pie and dessert reception will be hosted in his honor at the Reading Community Church.
  • Reception

    Reading Center Community Church
    1 Church Street
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    A reception with his favorite pies and desserts will follow services at the cemetery, hosted at the Reading Community Church.


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Judi, Karin and Holly Richards

Posted at 07:42pm
Sandra and Susan, We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know you are in thoughts and prayers.

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Cheryl Pastore Frisbie

Posted at 02:08pm
Omg I just found out. I loved this man and his wife. I'm so very sorry. Judge Berry was more than a judge, he was my friend. Oxox

Jean Hubsch

Posted at 10:31am
So sorry for your loss, on behalf of the Schuyler County Historical Society. I served with Ray on their Board many years ago & he was a lovely person. Jean Hubsch, President SCHS

Mary V. Glick

Posted at 12:06pm

Sandy and Family ,
Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. Mr. Berry was a very caring, funny and kind man. May all your memories help get your through this most difficult time. Mary V. Chaffee Glick and Family

The Belles Family

Posted at 11:34am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss, our thoughts are with Sandy, Susan David and Catherine during this difficult time.
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