Raymond J. Smith (1941 - 2012)

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GILL - Raymond J. Smith, 71, a lifetime resident of Turners Falls and Gill, died Monday (8-27-12) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
He was born in Montague on June 18, 1941, the son of Victor V. and Anna A. (Niedbala) Smith. He was a graduate of Turners Falls High School, Class of 1959. Ray graduated the Vesper George School of Art in Boston with a degree in advertising and was a graduate of Greenfield Community College with a Bachelor's degree. He continued his education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and earned a Bachelor's degree and then a Master's degree in Deaf Education.
Ray was in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 until 1967. He was stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy, where he served as a military policeman. During that time, Ray also served as an assistant Scoutmaster.
Ray worked in the Milford, NH, school system before becoming a longtime community transportation coordinator working at several local agencies including GMTA and ElderBus in Southbridge. He worked for Baker Transportation before starting his own business, Ray's Van Express in 2004.
He was active in the Gill-Montague Regional School District, serving in various capacities during his daughter's educational years. Ray was a member and past chairman of the Gill-Montague School Committee and Band Boosters of Turners Falls High School.
Ray enjoyed golf, reading, traveling, car rides with his wife and their Yorkie ""Max"". Max was frequently spotted with Ray around town, visiting the girls at the FRTA and various other places. Ray also enjoyed UMass football and attending Boston Red Sox games with his daughters. He especially loved spending time with his family.
Besides his wife, Susan A. (Burnett) Smith, Ray leaves two daughters, Erica M. Smith of Erving and Sue-Ann E. Hilton and her husband Stanley J. of Holyoke; a brother, William Smith and his wife Judy of Nampa, ID, and many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.
Ray was predeceased by his sister, Patricia A. Smith.
Memorial funeral services will be held Friday (8-31) at 11 a.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square, Turners Falls. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rays of Hope-A walk Towards the Cure of Breast Cancer, c/o Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA 01199.
Sympathy message available at:
www.kostanskifuneralhome.com

Published in The Recorder on Aug. 29, 2012
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