Oak Island, North Carolina: Cortland F. “Pete” Raby, Jr. passed away peacefully on October 20, 2021 at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick surrounded by the love of his family and friends.
Pete was born in Oswego NY on November 10, 1940, son of the late Cortland F. Raby Sr. and Jane M. Raby. He is survived by his daughters Michelle Raby of Oak Island and Diane Raby Kavanaugh (Jonathan) of Tyler, TX. Also surviving are his brothers John Raby (Linda) of Moscow Mills, MO and Michael Raby of Oak Island and sister Patricia Miscavish (Bob) of Moore, OK. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Howard Raby (Sharon) of Kansas City and Michael’s wife Jeanette Raby.
Pete graduated in 1959 from Tate High School in Pensacola. He attended Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida before receiving his Master of Fine Arts from UNC Greensboro. Pete was a Fine Arts Professor at UNC Greensboro, Colgate University, UM Duluth and Lenoir Rhyne College. He owned OMNI Stage and Lighting in Raleigh. Pete then moved to Ft. Lauderdale living a rich life of traveling, sailing and working on boats. After “retiring” to Oak Island, Pete operated a handyman service. Pete is past president of the NC Theatre Association and is a member of Elks Lodge of Oak Island.
At Pete’s request, there will not be a memorial service or funeral services. Pete asked to be cremated and his ashes spread in the ocean. Michelle and Diane are planning a “Bon Voyage Party” at a future date and time.
Memorials in Pete’s name can be made to Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR) 3376 St. Charles Pl., Southport, NC 28461, https://soar-nc.org/donate/ or SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422, www.lifecare.org .
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