Ray Simutis passed on from this world in the comfort of his home in Hawaii on February 5, 2021, holding the hand of his youngest daughter, Janina.
Ray was born Julius Ray Simutis in 1943 to Anicetas Simutis and Janina Ciurlys in New York. Early on Ray felt the urge to trade city life for Alaska, which is where he lived and worked the majority of his life. He met his wife Leslie at Icicle Seafood and they married in 1974. They had two daughters, Anna and Janina.
Ray spent his early Alaska years as a commercial fisherman. In Seward, he and Leslie opened their first restaurant, Bubba’s, in the 80s. This was shortly followed by the creation of their dream restaurant, Ray’s Waterfront. Ray proudly owned the bar and restaurant with a large staff that felt like family. He loved sitting at the bar – greeting locals and travelers – connecting over a glass of wine and big plate of oysters. Ray was a man who liked to laugh, eat, drink, and fish with friends. He was a world traveler and deep thinker – always pursuing inner peace, love, and gratitude. His perspective and presence in this world will be missed.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife Leslie (Hunt) Simutis. Ray is survived by his daughters, Anna (Simutis) Nozaki and Janina Simutis, and his sister Aldona (Simutis) Srouginis.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 11 a.m., at Ray’s Waterfront in Seward.