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Raymond R. DeMattia

Silver Lake- Raymond R. DeMattia, 96, passed away April 13, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Catherine Questel DeMattia, his three sons: Richard (Mara), Alan (Suellen), and Bill (Alys); also, his six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.Raymond was born into a musical family Oct. 24, 1925, in Steubenville, Ohio. He was the fifth of the six children of Victor and Mary Lattanzio DeMattia. At a very young age, he began to study playing the flute under the guidance of his grandfather, Enea Trovarelli, a well-known flutist at that time, a conductor of international bands, and a teacher. After graduating from Steubenville High School, he joined the Army during World War II, and served in Europe for two years. Upon his return home, during his student years at Kent State University, he studied with all three of the flutists in the Cleveland Orchestra: Maurice Sharp, Marty Heylman, and Bill Hebert. He then earned his Master’s Degree at Columbia University where he studied with John Wummer, the first chair flutist in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He then returned to Ohio and taught instrumental and vocal music in the Manchester schools for 16 years. At the same time, he was a founding member and first chair flutist in the Akron Symphony Orchestra. He had this position for 20 years. Then, Kent State University came, wanting him to become a full-time professor in their Music School. He remained there for 24 years. In retirement, he enjoyed time with his grandchildren, family, and friends. Many of his students were very talented and have remained in contact with him for these many years since his retirement. Their respect and affection for him, by these alumni, have resulted in their establishing the Raymond DeMattia Honorary Flute Scholarship. We wish to thank the doctors, nurses, and all the other helpers at the Western Reserve Hospital who so kindly gave our dear Raymond and his family such loving care. Services will be announced later. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Redmon Funeral Home in Stow, where there is an expanded obituary. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make donations to the Raymond DeMattia Honorary Scholarship at the Kent State University Foundation, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001. 

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