Raymond L. Racine(1941 - 2014)

MSG. Raymond L. Racine Dec. 31, 1941 - Jan. 15, 2014 TUCSON, AZ - MSG Raymond L. Racine (U.S. Army, Ret.), age 72, of Tucson, AZ (formerly of Brooklyn) passed away at VA Hospital Southern Arizona of Tucson surrounded by his children. Son of the late Raymond Joseph and Marie-Blanche Yoland (St. Germain) Racine, he was born in Killingly on December 31, 1941. He attended school in Danielson and Putnam. He received his Associates in Administration from Columbia College and graduated from Pima Community College in 2005 with an Associate in Applied Science in Building and Construction Technologies. MSG(R) Racine served in the U.S. Army for 23 years, including the Viet Nam War, 1965-66 and 1970-71. During his years of service, MSG(R) Racine was awarded The Bronze Star and other meritorious medals. Upon retiring, MSG(R) Racine and his wife moved to Brooklyn where he volunteered at the Brooklyn Fair Grounds. He was very active in the VFW, serving as post commander of the Danielson Post and in Manheim, Germany. He worked for Wernicky Trucking for 10 yrs. He loved to fish and watch NASCAR racing. MSG(R) Racine is survived by his wife of 33 yrs, Lucia (Perugini) Racine, his sister Dawn Bowden; four children, sons Kirt and Richard and daughters Dawn Sakai and Kimberly Sakai Bowen; eight grandchildren, CPT Aimee Racine Murray, U.S. Army, Amanda, Natasia, John Jr., Kyle, Kirt II, Alexander, and Antonio; three great-grandchildren, Emma-Lynn, Richard, and Nathan, numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Patricia A. Erskine, daughter Hope, son Sergeant Major John R. Racine, USMC, and ex-wife Mary L. (Hebert) Racine-Cuffe.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Mar. 24, 2014