Remo “Ray” Colasante, age 81, beloved husband of Carol (Dunlevy) (nee Vitale); loving father of Christina, Michael, Kelley Dunlevy, Dianna Dunlevy-Seufer (husband, Mark) and Leo Jr. Dunlevy (wife, Kristine); devoted grandfather of Megan (Albright) Moran (husband, Collin), Olivia Seufer, Gabriella, Leo III and Dominic Dunlevy; great-grandfather of Jack Moran; cherished son of the late Pasquale and Settimia; dearest brother of Dante (wife Victoria), twin Luciano (wife Judy), the late Giovanni (wife Adele) and Filippo; dear brother-in-law, uncle and great-uncle of many, passed away at the age of 81 on Oct. 6, 2019.
He was a warm and benevolent presence for many, from friends and family, to his clients and employees at Colasante Landscaping, which he founded over six decades ago.
Ray’s masterful gardens and yardscapes shed constant beauty onto people’s homes, and to a greater extent, their lives.
As an immigrant from the age of 18, Ray knew what hard work and American opportunity could do. To see it through, he left his Mother, Settimia, and three brothers in Introdacqua, Italy, and headed west on a ship with his Father, Pasquale, and twin brother, Lou. From the day he arrived, every day, all day, Ray was on the job carefully building a life for his family and a thriving business. Along the way, he helped his own employees and their families to realize the American dream, too, generously sponsoring them through their journey to citizenship.
Everyone will miss Ray’s big smile, quick humor and good nature. We will also miss his cooking, often with ingredients from his own plants, which he did happily even after a long day’s work.
But now it’s time for Ray to rest, after so many years tending and nurturing the garden of a truly beautiful life.
Contributions may be made in memory of Ray to Hospice of the Western Reserve, P.O. Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192.
Relatives and friends met for a Mass of Christian Burial on Oct. 15, 2019, at St. Anselm Catholic Church, 12969 Chillicothe Road, Chester. Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.
Family received friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Ray at The DeJohn Funeral Home & Celebrations Center of Chesterland, 12811 Chillicothe Road, on Oct. 14.
Online obituary, guestbook and order flowers at www.DeJohnCares.com.