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Raymond Fletcher

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FLETCHER, RAYMOND A. Raymond A. Fletcher, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully Monday, May 2nd at age 79. He is survived by his wife, Pegi, of Bonita Springs, FL, his three daughters: Lissa Maurer and her husband, David Maurer, of Northford, CT; Jane Fletcher, of Rocky Hill, CT, Claire Sardinskas and her husband, Robert Sardinskas of Prospect, CT and four beloved grandchildren, Matthew Maurer, Lindsay Maurer, Mary Sardinskas, and Cameron Sardinskas. He is also survived by step-sons Jaret Dickinson and Jaret's son Rilley Stilson of Cape Coral, FL, Eric Dickinson, of Bonita Springs, FL, his brother, Robert Fletcher, and wife Marci, of Gainsville, GA; sister-in-law Helen Fletcher, of Fredon, NJ; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Horace and Florence Fletcher, his first wife Mary Louise Fletcher, and his brother, Charles Fletcher. "Ray" - as he was known to everyone, was born in Franklin, NJ on November 5th, 1931. He attended Ryder College, and served in the US Navy. After leaving the Navy, he attended the University of Connecticut, where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1958, and began a long, distinguished career in the telecommunications field, at Bell Labs in Cherry Hill, NJ, and at Southern New England Telephone (SNET) in New Haven CT. Ray retired to Florida in 1992 after reaching the position of General Manager of IT at SNET. Ray enjoyed a special second home in Washington, New Hampshire, where he spent 40 summers at the cottage he had built on 'golf weekends' with his many SNET friends. Above all, he cherished the time spent and memories made with his children, grandchildren and extended family. Ray was never happier than when he sat on his deck, smoked a cigar, and watched the sun set and the loons paddle by the place he had created. His family appreciates the gift we have in our summer home, and honor his memory by loving it as much as he did. Ray was also fortunate to have many lifelong friends with whom he enjoyed e-mailing and visiting with until his last days. He was a unique, accomplished, and tender hearted person who will be missed by many. A Memorial Mass is scheduled for Saturday, May, 7, 2011, at St. Anthony's Church, 4 Union City Road, Prospect, CT at 10AM. Friends are invited to meet at the church to celebrate Ray's life. Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home 239-992-4982

Published in New Haven Register on May 5, 2011
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