SPRINGVALE, Maine - Raymond A. Huard, 69, of Springvale, passed away at his home on Wednesday October 10, 2012. He was born in Sanford on October 5, 1943, a son of the late Emile Paul and Donalda (Vachon) Huard. He grew up on North Avenue in Sanford and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1963. He then served in the US Army overseas including Thailand until 1966.
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On May 6, 1967 he married Wanda Williams at Notre Dame Church in Springvale. For many years he was employed as a diesel mechanic having worked for the town of Sanford, Maine, Shaw's Ridge Equipment, Scammon Tractor. He retired from Beauregard Equipment in 2002 due to health issues.
When his girls were young, he coached their teams in Lebanon Little League and S.S.Y.A.A. He began umpiring in 1975 for Lebanon Little League, S.S.Y.A.A., Sanford Little League, Babe Ruth and Semi-Pro in Rochester, N.H.
Even in retirement he continued to tinker on snow blowers, lawn mowers and other small engines for family and friends. He was a friend to everyone he met. He enjoyed travelling, especially to Cape May, N.J. His favorite past time was spending time with his grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents and a brother, Paul Huard.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Wanda Huard of Springvale, Maine; children, Michelle Welch and her husband, Robert of Springvale, Maine, Kimberly Walker and her husband, Colby of Rollinsford; grandchildren, Matthew Legere, Stephen Legere of Springvale, Maine, Ian Welch of Sanford, Maine, Lianne Walker, Lauren Walker of Rollinsford; sister, Margaret Goodwin of Alfred; brother, Daniel Huard of Sanford, Maine; several nieces and nephews; his dog companion, Freckle's and two special nephews, Hunter and Carter.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Notre Dame Church in Springvale, Maine. Burial with military honors will follow at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale, Maine.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations in his memory to The Animal Welfare Society, Inc. Old Holland Road, PO Box 43, West Kennebunk, Maine, 04094 or to the Autism Society of Maine, 72B Main Street, Winthrop, Maine 04364.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale, Maine.
Condolences may be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Fosters from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2012