Obituary: Raymond N. “Skippy” Ott, 89, of Naugatuck, formerly of Shelton, Derby, and Ansonia

Raymond N. “Skippy” Ott, age 89 of Naugatuck, formerly of Shelton, Derby, and Ansonia, husband of the late Theresa Karpinowich Ott, passed away September 3, 2013 at Beacon Brook Health Center, Naugatuck surrounded by his loving family.

Raymond was born in Derby, August 10, 1924, son of the late George and Elsie (Emrich) Ott.

Skippy served in the US Army Air Forces during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. After WWII, Skippy worked for Yale University as a Medical Athletic Trainer for many years until his retirement in 1992, and was the owner of the Center Street Men’s Shop of Shelton.

He was an avid baseball player who played Semi-Pro Baseball with the Carlton Nine, the Derby Falcons, the Shelton Sportsmen, and Shelton Town Teams, as well as playing first base with the Second Marine Air Wing baseball team in Okinawa, Japan, with Gil Hodges, a former Mets manager. Ray was a true Mets fan, and loved the sports world. Skip loved the Yale (Bulldogs) football team, where he was a medical trainer.

He also worked at the Yale Ingalls Hockey Rink and was associated with the Yale Rowing Team, where he worked as a rigger at the Yale Boathouse, Derby. He was also an avid musician who had his own band, “Ray Ott and the New Englanders” playing the drums.

He was a member of the Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 of Shelton, St. Sebastian Club of Ansonia, Prihillian Club of North Haven, the 28th Photo Reconaissance Squadron of the Air Wing, and the 7th and 8th Air Force – Pacific.

He is survived by sons Raymond Ott Jr. and his wife Beverly of Oxford, Norman K. Ott of Ansonia; daughters Lois Ott-Caprio and her husband Michael of Oxford, Norma Pytlak and her husband Brian of Derby, and Norine DiLisio and her husband Joseph of Derby; seven grandchildren Damon, Jason, and Gregory Ott, Darryl and Melissa Pytlak, and Kimberly and Kevin DiLisio; three great-grandchildren Gavin Pytlak, Matthew Imperati, and Gabriella Ott.

He was predeceased by his brother George Ott.

Calling hours will be held Sunday September 8th from 4 PM to 7 PM in the JAMES T. TOOHEY AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 92 HOWE AVE., SHELTON. Funeral services will be held Monday September 9th at 11 AM in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Shelton with Rev. Ballard Dorsee officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery, Derby.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Church of the Good Shepherd or to the Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 of Shelton through the funeral director.

The family would like to thank the staff of Beacon Brook Health Center and Connecticut Hospice Home Health Care services for their compassionate care.

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