He graduated from the City College of New York and taught in New York City public schools.
Raymond"s parents were Harry Abrashkin, born in what is now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, and Bertha Kornfeld, born in England. His writing career began as the education editor of Prime Minister Newspaper. He became the principal writer for Young People"s Records.
He wrote the syndicated comic strip Timmy, drawn by Howard Sparber.
They had two children, John Michael (West) Abrashkin, an artist (1941–1992), and William Henry (Hank) Abrashkin, a Trial Court Judge in Massachusetts (b 1944). There are two grandchildren, Karen Anna Abrashkin (b 1981) and John Raymond Abrashkin (b 1983).
During World World War II Abrashkin served in the United States Maritime Service on supply ships in the Atlantic. During and after the war, he lived in Greenwich Village, New New York
In 1951 he and his family moved to a converted barn in Weston, Connecticut, where he lived for the remainder of his life.
In 1952 Abrashkin wrote the screenplay for under the name "Ray Ashley", which he co-produced and co-directed with Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin. While working on the movie at Coney Island, Abrashkin was stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis , also known as Lou Gehrig"s Disease), from which he died, aged 49.