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Raymond J. Cairns Jr.

1931 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Raymond J. Cairns Jr. Obituary

Raymond J. Cairns, Jr. of Old Saybrook, CT, died on July 6, 2014 at Gladview Rehab Center in Old Saybrook. Born Sept. 1, 1931 in Albany, NY, son of Marguerite(Fasoldt) and Raymond j. Cairns, Ray graduated from Albany Academy and Norwich University, VT where he was an accomplished running back and downhill skier. Upon graduation he became a jet fighter pilot and maintenance officer in the USAF, traveling the world with his wife Elizabeth and three sons, Jeffery Steven, David Scott and Mitchell Adam. In 1969 Ray served a year in Vietnam, retiring in 1975. His second career was in sales at Mason Keller, then Bosch, retiring in 1996. His love of cars, antiques, art, woodworking, jazz, home buying and beautification kept him engaged. Grandfather of Bryan, Megan, Courtney, Ian, Deanna and Molly. Also, Great-grandfather of 4 meant gatherings great and small over the years. He long support of his alma mater, Norwich University and The Child Fund International were his quiet ways of giving back in thanks for his bountiful life. Calling hours will be Sat 7/12 at Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd. Old Saybrook from 11am to 1pm with a service at 12:45pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in memory of Raymond Cairns to: Raymond J. Cairns, Jr. '54 Scholarship, Norwich University Development, 158 Harmon Dr, Northfield, VT 05663 and to the Child Development, www.childfund.org

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 10, 2014
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