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Raymond (Ray) Cormier, 53, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 20, 2012. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He moved with his family to the United States in 1960. He settled in Merritt Island in 2002.
He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Anthony Cormier, and by his parents, Roger and Gisele Cormier.
Ray was the world's biggest Dallas Cowboy football fan, which earned him the nickname of "Cowboy". He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed fishing, camping and visits to the mountains. His sense of humor and friendly manner brought smiles to the faces of everyone he met. Ray was a devoted husband to his wife, Tina, whom he met at Wal-Mart, Merritt Island, where they were both employed.
He is also survived by his son, John Elsner (Amanda); daughter, Chasity Hedges (Tom); brother, Mike Cormier (Marissa); sisters, Renee Hoofnagle (Frank), and Elaine Mahnke (Paul); and so many extended family members. He was "Papa" to 9 children that he loved dearly. Ray will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially by his family of co-workers at Wal-Mart, where he was employed for 13 years.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Merritt Island on Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m. A celebration of his life will follow immediately at 255 Malaga Court, Merritt Island. In honor of Ray's love for the Cowboys, dark blue, casual clothing will be acceptable.
Ray will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him. Go Cowboys!
Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Rockledge, 321-632-1350. Sign the family guestbook at www.afcfcare.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Nov. 25, 2012