Capt. Ray Dorman was born in Franklin Square, New York. He attended Sewanhaka High School where his greatest interest was music. After graduation in 1940, Ray worked at Grumman Aircraft until 1942 when he entered the U.S. Army and volunteered for the Air Corps. He flew 30 missions over Germany during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Ray joined Seaboard in 1950 and flew as a pilot until he retired from Flying Tigers 32 years later. After retirement, Ray continued his love of music and played trumpet in local bands near his home in Bethel, Conn. where he and his family had lived since 1953.
Ray was predeceased by his wife, Suzanne, and by his son, Ronald. He is survived by his daughter-in-law Kathryn, daughters, Nicole (Craig), Michelle (Steve), Lauraine (Anthony), Suzette (Carl), Camille (Alan); grandchildren, Jeffrey, David, Danielle, Colette, Daniel, Kelsey, Luke, Michael, Christopher, Joseph, Emily, Matthew, and Sonja; and great-grandchildren, Ella, Emilia, Grace, Landon and Layla.