Raymond E. Cormier, 90
US WWII Veteran
Retired Leominster Firefighter
LEOMINSTER -- Raymond E. Cormier of Leominster died Monday September 16 in Leominster Hospital.
He was born in Leominster on August 28, 1923 a son of the late, Alyre and Elizabeth (Bourque) Cormier.
He is survived by his wife and constant companion of 68 years Irene (Lyonnais) Cormier. One son Retired Fire Chief Ronald E. Cormier and his wife Susan of Ashburnham, Mass. Two daughters, Donna Kiuru and her husband John of Leominster and Robin Martin and her husband Michael of Leominster. Five grandchildren Jennifer Cormier of Fitchburg, Christopher Cormier and his wife Dana of Malden, Matthew Landry and his wife Kerri of Lunenburg, Samantha Martin of Tampa, Florida, Arielle Bruegger and her husband Daniel of Westminster and four great-grandchildren, Isabelle & Jackson Cormier and Matteia and Beckett Landry. Mr. Cormier also leaves one brother Alfred Cormier of Leominster and one sister Doris Freda of Seminole, FL as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by three brothers Henry, Robert and Maurice and one sister Theresa Lyonnais.
Mr. Cormier was a WWII veteran serving in the U.S. Army in the 2nd Division 23rd Infantry Regiment. He was involved in many battles from Normandy in Northern France to The Rhineland in Central Europe. He was awarded many decorations and medals including the European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct medal, Rifle Sharpshooter, Bronze Star, Bronze Arrow Head, ETO Certificate of Merit and Purple Heart.
Mr. Cormier attended St. Cecilia's School and Saxton Trade. During his lifetime he worked at Star Cleaners and Simards Funeral Home. He was a Leominster firefighter from 1953 until his retirement in 1980 driving Engine 2 most of his career.
After his retirement Mr. Cormier and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada in their motorhome finally settling in Clearwater, Florida, where they resided for 25 years before returning to Leominster in 2005.
He was a life member of the DAV and Lodge of Elks as well as Hose 4.
CORMIER -- His funeral will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 20, from the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. Joseph's Church, 49 Woodland St., Fitchburg. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Leominster Fire Fighters Relief Association, 19 Church St., Leominster, MA 01453.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Sept. 18, 2013