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Ralph W. "Smiley" Raney

1942-2009 ADAMS Ralph W. "Smiley" Raney, 67, a resident of Columbia Street, Adams, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 at North Adams Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Born in New Ashford Jun. 29, 1942, he was the son of the late William Raney Sr. and the former Ethel Packard Raney who survives.

Ralph received his education in the New Ashford schools.

In earlier years, he was employed at the Springs Restaurant, Weeden's Tannery, the Jard Company and Green Mountain Race Track. He later was employed for many years at T & M Enterprises in Shaftsbury until the time of his retirement.

Ralph married the former Katherine Harrington Bassette in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. on Nov. 7, 1994.

He enjoyed tinkering with cars and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Raney; two stepsons and their wives, Francis J. and Teresa Bassette, and Thomas P. and Karla Bassette; and a grandson, Jeffrey Burdick, all of Adams; his mother, Ethel Raney of North Bennington; a sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Thomas Paquin, of North Bennington; a brother and sister-in-law, Arnold and Etta Raney, of Lanesborough; two brothers-in-law, Charles Newton of Lanesborough and Juan Serrano of Williamstown; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ralph was predeceased by a brother and two sisters, William Raney Jr., Elsie Serrano and Catherine Newton.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Memorial services celebrating the life of Ralph W. Raney will be held from the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Penny Rich Smith, pastor of the North Bennington Congregational Church officiating.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.



Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 25, 2009
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