Plaque honors slain custodian in LIC
by Meghan Sackman
Jan 03, 2018 | 390 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thirty-nine years ago, a custodian named Frank Raymond was working in a Human Resources Administration (HRA) Welfare Center in Long Island City when he was shot and killed on the job.

Cedrick Raymond, his son, was only five years old when his father was killed, but his influence on Cedrick’s life remained strong. Raymond later wrote a letter to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer inquiring about the possibility of finding a way to honor his late father.

Inspired by the story, the councilman worked to install a plaque in the building where he was killed. It was inscribed “Dedicated in memory of Frank Joseph Raymond. In recognition of his faithful service to the city of New York as a City Custodian.”

“It’s really, really important that we leave this lasting legacy to your father,” Van Bramer said, “and something that I think everyone here working in the building will take pride in and remember this moment.”

Raymond’s two sons and grandchildren joined Van Bramer, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and other city officials to unveil the plaque two weeks ago. The Raymond family removed the ceremonial covering, and said a few words in memory of their father.

They considered the plaque “the best Christmas present.”

“This day is a culmination of a vision that my mom really had and our family to carry on the memory of my dad,” Cedrick Raymond said. “He was a man with grace, carried himself with pride, humility, dedication to his family, to his coworkers, his employer.

“He instilled in us the necessary character traits that you need to carry on your life,” he added. “He was just such a good man from what I know, from the five years that helped shape me into the man that I am today.”
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