Raymond Roland Gonthier, 85, of Holliston MA, formerly of Framingham, MA passed away peacefully on January 21, 2014 at Timothy Daniels House.
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Ray was the beloved husband for 58 years of Margaret (Bowley) Gonthier. He was the son of the late Roland and Yvonne (Roy) Gonthier of Amesbury, MA. He was the loving father of Gary Gonthier and his wife Joan of Novi, MI, Glen Gonthier of Framingham, Gayle Gonthier-Bell and her husband Mark of Hopkinton, and Greg Gonthier and his wife Tricia of Bellingham. He also leaves his cherished seven grandchildren Jeff, Andrew, Marissa, Bradley, Marina, Ryan and Connor; siblings Normand Gonthier and his wife Shirley of Franklin, Sister Dolores Gonthier of Marlborough, Roland Gonthier and his wife Phebe of Stonington, CT; and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was a veteran of the United States Air Force. While raising a family, he earned his Bachelors of Engineering at Northeastern University. He worked as an electrical engineer at Western Electric and settled in Framingham in 1962.
Ray was active in the community as President of the Hemenway School PTA, a leader in the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Square Dance Association. His hobbies included woodworking, genealogy and mechanics. He was involved in his children's lives and participated in their interests such as camping, go-carts, motorcycles, backyard ice skating rink and restoring cars.
Family and friends are invited to a funeral mass on Thursday, January 30th at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 8 Church Street, Holliston. A collation will follow at Pinecrest Country Club, 212 Prentice Street, Holliston. A private burial with military honors will take place Friday, January 31th at 11:00 a.m. at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Arrangements are being handled by Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, www.callanancronin.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Raymond R. Gonthier to the
, 20 Speen Street, Natick, MA 01701 or
, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472.
Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home
34 Church St Hopkinton, MA 01748
Published in The Salem Gazette from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31, 2014