White Plains, NY—Raymond Louis (Ray) Mastoloni died peacefully at home on January 9, just nine days before his 90th birthday.
Born January 18, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, Mastoloni is a graduate of Brooklyn Preparatory High School, where he played football. Following graduation, he entered St. Bonaventure University but took a leave of absence from 1950-1952 to serve his country during the Korean War. After returning home, Mastoloni completed his college studies, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1954, and going on to St. John's Law School.
Mastoloni began his professional career while serving in Japan, fostering lifelong relationships, learning the language, and laying the foundation of what would become a lucrative and thriving pearl business. He was a partner at Frank Mastoloni and Sons for over 50 years and, alongside his brother, grew the company to be one of the largest and most respected purveyors of cultured pearls in the country.
A revered leader in the pearl industry, Mastoloni was widely considered to be an expert on cultured pearls. He served multiple terms as president of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, and continued to share his passion for the business throughout his life. His professional legacy lives on through his son, Raymond Jr., and nephews, Fran and Edward Mastoloni, all of whom work at the company.
Mastoloni also was a member of Westchester Hills Golf Club and a Centurion member of the New York Athletic Club.
Predeceased by his parents, Frank and Adele (Paolotti) Mastoloni, Ray Sr. is survived by Carol (Mastronardi), his beloved wife of 61 years; their four children, Raymond (Kirsten), Jeanne, Joseph (Laura), and Thomas (Patricia); and 12 grandchildren: Dana (Brett), Alyssa (Colin), Raymond (Meghan), Joseph, Charles, Victoria, Kyle, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Christopher, Daniel, and Benjamin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude's Hospital and Cardinal McCloskey Community Services.