MANCHESTER - Raymond G. McQuate, 83, of Manchester, passed away on June 29, 2014, after a period of declining health.
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Raymond was born in Wellington, Ohio, on Aug. 10, 1930. Raymond was the son of Lloyd and Ireta (Wilcox) McQuate.
He grew up in Huntington, Ohio, and graduated from Wellington High School in 1948. He attended Elyria (Ohio) Business School.
Raymond joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He served in Europe, North Africa, among other U.S. posts. He was last stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, where he met his wife, Signe, who was also serving in the U.S. Air Force.
He enjoyed singing with barbershop quartets in high school and was a member of the Elks' Barbershop Quartet that won the Ohio State Championship in 1951. While in the service, he toured through Europe with the Air Force Barbershop Quartet.
Raymond has been a member of the Elks for 62 years. He enjoyed telling stories, fishing, playing pool and taught his sons to play golf.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Signe (Watson) McQuate of Manchester; his daughter, Ralene St. Pierre of Manchester; his twin sons, Rodney McQuate of York, Maine, and Randall McQuate and his wife, Deborah of Stratham; son Reginald McQuate and his wife, Tammy, of Dover; daughter-in-law Sandi McQuate Woody of Rochester; and son-in-law Daniel St. Pierre of Bedford; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his aunt, Lillian (Wilcox) Kelsey and her husband, Edward, of LaGrange, Ohio; many cousins and nephews.
Family graveside services with military honors were held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Published in Union Leader on July 10, 2014