Nolan T. Ray, 33, formerly of Cortland and Astoria, New York, died unexpectedly on August 25,
2023. He was a 2008 graduate of Cortland Senior High School, earned credits while in high
school from Tompkins Cortland Community College, and was awarded the Bachelor of Science
in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University. He was most recently employed by Apple
Inc. as a systems analyst/program developer.
Nolan was pre-deceased by his father, Steven E. Ray, grandparents Gary and Janis Hoellerer
and Helen (Ginger) Ray. He is survived by his mother, Juliene Hoellerer Ray, sister Shevaune
Ray, brother-in-law Nick Willams, niece Teagan Minor, and nephew Tristan Ray-Williams, aunts
Sheila (James) Peck, Suzanne (Jack) Kapcha, and cousins Laura (Brian) Anderson, Rachel
(Jim) Wallace, and Rebecca (Stefan) Somers and their families, step-mother Erin Ray, and
Nolan was brilliant, funny, adventurous, and above all, kind. He was bright shining star who
burned out far too soon. He is grievously missed by all who love him.
There are no calling hours. A Celebration of Life for Nolan will be held on Saturday, September
16 at the Port Watson Mini-Conference Center, 131 Port Watson St. Cortland, New York at 1:00
p.m. Burial will be in Willet at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make
contributions to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.org) or the Treatment Advocacy