SHAPLEIGH — Raymond J. Normandeau, 90, of Shapleigh, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 20.
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He was born in Somersworth, N.H., on Sept. 17, 1921, the son of Louis and Emma (St. Pierre) Normandeau.
He came to Sanford as a child and was a member Sanford High School's Class of 1942.
An army veteran of World War II, he served in the 331st Antiaircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion in Europe, Africa and the Middle East under Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. He was a life member of the VFW Post in North Berwick and the American Legion Post in Sanford.
Mr. Normandeau served his community as a firefighter and licensed ambulance attendant for the town of Sanford for over 20 years, retiring with the rank of Captain. He was an accomplished automotive and diesel mechanic and also drove trucks transporting cargo throughout the United States.
He was a member of the Maine State Stock Car Racing Association from 1948 through 1951. He raced at Beech Ridge Speedway in Scarborough and the former Sanford Speedway. In his car, # 80, Ray won the final event and took the afternoon's victory before 4,000 people at the opening of the new Sanford Stock Car Racing Track on June 4, 1950.
Mr. Normandeau was a communicant of Holy Family Church. He was an active member and past president of the League of the Sacred Heart in the early 1960s. The league worked tirelessly to raise monies for Holy Family School and other charitable causes.
On June 26, 1948, he married Aline LaChance in a double wedding ceremony that also included Irene LaChance and Leon Tanguay.
He was predeceased by a son, David Normandeau, in 1963, and two sisters, Beatrice Tetreault and Jane Willey.
Survivors include his wife of almost 64 years, Aline Normandeau, of Shapleigh; two daughters, Janie Normandeau, of Shapleigh, and Cindy Normandeau, of Sanford; a grandson, David Emmons, of Sanford; and a great granddaughter, Lily Emmons.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, May 29 at the Holy Family Church of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford. Burial with military honors followed at St. Ignatius Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home in Sanford.
Condolences may be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com.>
Published in Fosters from May 24 to June 1, 2012