BARRE TOWN - Robert J. Raymond, 80, of Barre Town and formerly of Waterbury, passed away in the comfort of his home and family on Thursday, May 2, 2013, following a long illness.
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Born in Sheldon on Jan. 10, 1933, he was the son of the late James I. and Eulah (Arel) Raymond.
On Jan. 19, 1953, he married the former Peggy Shover in Richford.
Bob attended schools in Franklin and as a young man worked on the family farm.
Moving to Waterbury Center, Bob was employed at the Vermont State Hospital as a psychiatric technician for over 33 years, retiring in 1990. Following his retirement, he and Peggy enjoyed winters in Orange City, Fla., and summering in Vermont.
In his leisure time, Bob loved to go camping and fishing, playing bingo, card games with friends and spending time with his large and loving family, especially his grandchildren. Bob also enjoyed participating at Project Independence in Barre.
Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy Raymond, of Barre Town; their children, Tammy Raymond Mattote and her husband, Mark, of Williamstown, Robert M. Raymond and his wife, Brenda, of Taberg, N.Y., Michael E. Raymond and his partner, Sean Ward, of Plainfield; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Fitzgerald, of Waterbury, and Diane Richardson and her husband, Don, of Waterbury Center; five brothers, Ralph Raymond and his wife, Marie, of Sheldon, Roy Raymond and his wife, Francena, of Waterbury Center, James Raymond, of Franklin, David Raymond and his wife, Nancy, of White River Junction, and Richard Raymond and his wife, Carol, of Williamstown; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Bob was predeceased by two sons, Randall J. Raymond and Todd F. Raymond.
Graveside memorial services will be held from the Waterbury Center Cemetery on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. A potluck reception will follow at the Coffee Corner Restaurant in Montpelier.
For those who wish, memorial gifts in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org), or Project Independence, 82 N. Main St., Barre, VT 05641.
Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
Published in Times Argus on May 4, 2013