Raymond A. Nelli, 82, a resident of Clifton, VA, passed away Wednesday, July 14th, 2021, after a brief illness.
Raymond was born in Philadelphia, on July 21, 1938, a son of the late Josephine (DiMeo) Nelli-Allen and Guerino Nelli.
He attended Drexel University, obtaining his degree in electrical engineering, then entered and served his county in the US Army and later the Army Reserves.
A passionate scientist, Ray worked for the United States Government, retiring from the US Patent Office. His passion was researching electricity and magnetic principles, and he published many papers in these disciplines. He was involved in community outreach with school students, sharing his passions, and to his enjoyment, he was fond of shocking people with his electrical gadgets.
Ray was also an accomplished acordian player, recording and sharing his music with relatives and friends. He was also passionate about astronomy and photography, having his own darkroom in his home. At the end of the day, he took time to enjoy a good cigar.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Alice (Cherneski) Nelli, in 2006. He is survived by nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held at the 11 AM on Monday, July 26th at Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing from 10-11 am prior to the service at the funeral home. Ray will be laid to rest alongside his wife Alice, at St. Mary's Cemetery in Ringtown, following the service.