the key west citizenSeptember 6, 2018


Norman Raymond Myrick Sr., 81, mostly known by ‘Ray,’ of Key West, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home on Aug. 30, 2018, after a battle with cancer.

Ray was born June 10, 1937 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

He attended Roger Ludlow High School in Fairfield, Connecticut, graduating in 1955.

Ray married the love of his life, the late Lucille P. Myrick, on Jan. 25, 1958, while in the U.S. Air Force. Following four years of active duty in the USAF, he worked for AVCO Corporation in Stratford, Connecticut, and Huyck Metals Company in Milford, Connecticut. He then went on to be Research and Development Supervisor for Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut, from 1969 to 1975. Ray retired at a young age and purchased Hemlock Kennels in Bethlehem, Connecticut, where he and his wife, Lucille, owned and operated their business for more than 10 years. As well, they were entrepreneurial business owners in Albany, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida, operating boarding kennels and laundry mats in both cities, until they moved to Key West in 2005.

Ray was an avid tennis player after retirement. He kept himself busy in Key West playing tennis as well as working for TSA Homeland Security, Gulfstream International Airlines and Truman Annex Master Property Owners in security through his later years.

Ray is survived by his three children, Norman R. Myrick Jr. (Cheryl Myrick) of Warner Robins, Georgia, David S. Myrick Sr. (Betty Myrick) of Southbury, Connecticut, and Michelle L. Myrick James of Owen Sound, Ontario; his grandchildren, Melissa Wildman of Southbury, Connecticut, David S. Myrick Jr. of Woodbury, Connecticut and Jill Ann Myrick of Georgia, and his great-grandchildren, Bryson Wildman and Brandon Wildman of Southbury, Connecticut.

Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Keys SPCA at