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RAYMOND P. BERNIER - MILTON - Raymond P. Bernier, 69, died after a fierce battle with lung cancer on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born in Bristol, Conn., on Nov. 6, 1944, the son of Raymond T. and Cecile (Robidoux) Bernier. Raymond attended St. Michael's College and served in the US Air Force stationed at Osan Air Base in Southern Korea, and in Texas. Raymond had diverse interests and was always up for a challenge. He was an electrician by trade, a carpenter, horse stable owner, horse breeder, raised emus and, most of all, Ray loved being a farmer. Raymond's family would affectionately say if you wanted it done the "Right Way," it had to be done the "Ray Way." He was happiest haying with his John Deere equipment. Raymond was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Milton. He served on the Parish Council in Fairfax. Ray volunteered for several years for the Milton Meals on Wheels program. Raymond was a lifelong Red Sox fan and received special greetings from the NESN announcers just this month. Raymond is survived by his wife, Judy, of Milton; their children, LaLaneya O'Farrell and husband, Liam, of South Burlington, Lisa Bernier and partner, Charlie Haglund, of Colchester, David Bell and partner, Benjamin Bassuk, of Florida, Ray "Reb" Bernier of Milton, Denise Hollinger and husband, Matthew, of Burlington, and Katie Lynch and husband, Jason, of North Hero; and his grandchildren, Shaun, Heather, Alyssa, Samantha, Savanah, Molly, Jacob, Charlize, Cecileya, Hunter, Nathan, Madysen, Daniel, Kelsey, Maggie, Abbie, Andrew, and Jessica, who will miss their Papa. Raymond is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Louise Keenan and partner, David Brooks, of South Carolina, Susan Gregg and husband, Bentley, of Virginia, Ann Mittelstadt and partner, John Hartigan, of Bakersfield, Robert Bernier and wife, Darla, of South Burlington, and Michael Bernier of California; and several nieces and nephews. Raymond also leaves a group of special friends, Marcel and Mary Jane Lemay, John Hayes, Lavera Allen, and Sid and Susan Reynolds. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Betsy, our VNA nurse, as well as the many family and friends that provided loving support to all of us. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church in Milton. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in St. Albans. A luncheon will be provided at St. Ann's by the Ladies of St. Ann's. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m., with prayers offered at 4 p.m. by Fr. Feltz, and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton. Memorial contributions in Ray's memory may be made to the ., 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495. Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 27, 2014
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