Raymond J. Jamalkowski, 90, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (Nov. 11, 2022) at St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY.
He was born March 5, 1932 in Batavia, a son of the late Stanley and Mary Brzeczkowski Jamialkowski.
Ray was a 1949 graduate of Batavia High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. Shortly after high school, he played professional baseball with the Batavia Clippers. Ray then served in the U.S. Army, where he also played baseball. He graduated from McNeese State College in Lake Charles, Louisiana with a Master’s Degree in Education. He played football while he was at McNeese. Also while in Louisiana, Ray played fast-pitch softball and his team reached the Fast-Pitch World Series.
He spent his career as a physical education teacher and coach. Most notably, Ray coached nine seasons of football at Batavia High School. He also coached football and basketball at Le Roy High School and football at Livonia. During his career, he also coached golf, tennis and track and field. Before his retirement from coaching, Ray was an assistant football coach for Brockport State College.
In 2005, Ray was inducted into the Batavia Blue Devils Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2018, into the Section V Football Hall of Fame. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf as well as watching the Buffalo Bills and Duke and Syracuse basketball teams.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy Ann “D.A.” Jamalkowski and brother of the late Carl, Leo, Stanley, Victor, Steven, Henry, Irene, Genevieve and Florence Jamalkowski.
Survivors include his son, Thomas Jamalkowski of Batavia; brother in-law, William “Butch” (Judith) Walters of Macedon, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net
Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Ronald Konieczny II, Director.