WESTFIELD – Raymond E. Thibodo, Jr., 77, of Westfield, passed away peacefully Monday, June 16, 2014, at home with his loving family by his side.
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Ray was born Sept. 26, 1936, in Northampton, to the late Raymond and Marie (Rivest) Thibodo, Sr. He had attended Northampton High School, and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from which he received a National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Ray had worked as a printer for the former Phillip Hano Company located in Springfield, which he retired from.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 28 in Florence. Ray enjoyed playing cards and was an avid sportsman, but most of all he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. The "Bestest" father in the whole wide world will be greatly missed by his loving family.
Raymond is survived by his devoted wife Joelle (O'Brien) Thibodo of Westfield; his daughter Rae Ann Frenette and her husband Mike of Florence; his son Derek O'Brien of Easthampton; his grandchildren Adam Frenette and his wife Sarah of Holyoke, Amy Irwin of South Hadley, Bryant Chase of Leeds, Sheri Chase of Worcester, and Arabella, Evangelina and Aryanna Adams of Reynolds, Illinois; great-grandchildren Owen and Max Frenette, and Tyrone Irwin; his brother George "Mort" Thibodo and his wife Lorraine of Easthampton; a sister-in-law Joyce Thibodo of Greenfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Robert and daughter-in-law Mary O'Brien.
A service with military honors will be Tuesday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. There are no calling hours. The Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Drozdal Funeral Home
120 Damon Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette from June 20 to June 21, 2014