Raymond Monty

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Raymond Monty Sr.

ALSTEAD, N.H. Raymond E. Monty Sr., 81, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family.Born in Schaghticoke, N.Y. on July 11, 1932, he was the son of Frank E. and Mary J. Monty. Ray moved to Alstead with his family in 1938, graduating with the class of 1951 from Vilas High School, after winning the state championship in basketball. A lifelong resident of Library Ave., Ray took a brief sojourn to serve proudly in the Navy from 1951 to 1955, aboard the USS Suisu in the South Pacific. Upon returning to Alstead, Ray married Kathryn Allen of Lempster, N.H., on Nov. 19, 1955. Ray and Kate, as she was known to him, were happily married for nearly 40 years. She predeceased him in 1995. Ray worked for St. Johnsbury Trucking for 32 years, retiring as a dock/dispatch supervisor. A tireless worker, he was loved and respected by co-workers and customers alike. After work, Ray would often be found coaching a baseball team on Milot Green, or grooming trails and building suspension snowmobile bridges as a founding member of the Tri Town Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. His skills as a Yankee engineer/ inventor came in particularly handy at these times. He was always tinkering and coming up with new ideas and contraptions. Ray loved golf, and was a member of Hooper Golf Club for over 30 years, enjoying many memorable moments and tournaments. Here, he built long lasting friendships. Ray was a member of the American Legion and the Moose Club, both in Bellows Falls, Vt., as well as the Alstead Outing Club and VFW, both in Alstead. He was a big fan of the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots, but reserved his loudest cheers for the Boston Red Sox, and was lucky enough to celebrate many championships. Ray loved to travel and took trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland and other places. He cherished trips to Myrtle Beach, for many years, with his loving companion Carlene, whom he spent the last 18 years of his life with. He enjoyed snowmobile outings, dances at the town hall, golf matches and the like, and was happiest when surrounded by family and friends, and had a lot of both. There was nothing better to Ray than to have a big backyard barbecue with loads of friends and family, with kids running every which way. Ray was a devoted husband and companion. He was the most loving and caring father to his children, a doting grandfather and great-grandfather, a beloved son and brother and a trusted and loyal friend. He will long be remembered for his warm and genial nature, and his quick wit, always ready with a laugh, a joke, a mischievous prank and a big grin. Ray had a huge heart and would help anyone at any time, whistling while he did. He was Papa Frog and Angel Ray, and so much more. Just like the show said, "Everyone Loves Raymond." Ray is survived by his loving companion, Carlene Frazier; his sons, Ray Monty Jr. and wife, Jeanne, of Bellows Falls, Mark Monty and wife, Laurie, of Milton, Vt., Shawn Monty and wife, Mary, of New Boston, N.H.; daughter, Kelly Fisher and husband, Pete, of Essex, Vt.; grandchildren, Amber, Heidi, Jessica, Ray, III, Jed, Alicia, Cody, Timothy, Bailey, Madison, Michael, Josh, Jennifer, Elijah and Vivianna, and seven great-grandchildren. One of sixteen children, Ray is also survived by his sisters, Roberta, Lucille, Bonnie and Betty, and his brother, Paul. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Mary; his sisters, Marie, Loretta, Francis, Teresa, Annette, and Victory, and his brothers, Dennis, Dick, John, and Joe. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m and 6 to 8 p.m., at FENTON HENNESSEY FUNERAL HOME, Bellows Falls, VT. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Third Congregational Church, on River St. Alstead. Burial will take place in the St. Peter's Cemetery following the service. There will be a reception following the burial at the Orchard Room at Alyson's Orchard, 54 Alyson Lane, off Rt. 12 south in Walpole, NH from 1 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tri Town Trailblazers, PO Box 205, Alstead, NH 03602 or Fall Mt. Food Shelf, c/o Mary Lou Huffling, Alstead N H. 03602.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 3, 2014
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