Rafael F. Villagaray Sr., 82 engineer, Catholic deacon


Rafael Fortunato Villagaray Sr., a retired civil and structural engineer who was also an ordained Roman Catholic deacon, died of a heart attack Dec. 30 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Canton resident was 82.

Mr. Villagaray was born and raised in Tarma, Peru, and earned a degree in civil engineering from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima.

He worked as an engineer in Peru before moving in 1956 to Toledo, Ohio, where he studied at the Wilson Institute of Engineering.

He came to Baltimore in 1957 and worked as a structural engineer for several companies before taking a job at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade in the 1970s. He retired from the federal agency in the late 1980s.

In retirement, Mr. Villagaray produced blueprints for Baltimore-area contractors and mechanical designs of homes and apartment buildings for RVP & Sons, a construction company owned by his two sons.

Mr. Villagaray was ordained a deacon by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1984 and assisted at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church and the St. Michael and St. Patrick Catholic community, both in East Baltimore.

He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Lombard and Wolfe streets, where a funeral Mass was offered yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Dalila Segundina; two sons, Rafael F. Villagaray Jr. of Baltimore and George Villagaray of Bel Air; two daughters, Shirley Villagaray-Carski of Parkton and Dalilah Morelli of New York City; two brothers, Faustino Villagaray of Canton and Victor Villagaray of Peru; two sisters, Elsita Villagaray and Rosa Manrique, both of Peru; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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