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Raymond Leo Maisonneuve

1932 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Raymond Leo Maisonneuve Obituary
Maisonneuve Raymond Leo came into the world on July 18, 1932. He left this earth, on his bicycle, on January 5, 2019. He was the son of Leo and Anna, older brother to Leann and Conrad, husband to Patricia and father to Mark, Ann Marie, Janine, Paul, Renee and Ruth. He was a Grandfather and Great Grandfather to Sean, Amanda, Matthew, Jacqulyn, Jessica, Justin, Tyler, Christopher, Julia, Sarah, Lucas and Luke. He was a friend, a mentor, a helpful, kind and loving man who showed his affections more by teaching you something useful. Ray looked at every problem as having a solution, and he wouldn’t stop looking until he found it. In what was known then as East Detroit, Ray and his siblings grew up in the midst of WW2. Playtime included jumping off the roof of the garage with sheets as they “parachuted” into the alley behind their home. Or walking to the railroad tracks a ½ mile away to pick up large shards of glass that he and Leann would use to scrape old varnish off of wood pieces. He was 14 yrs. old when he met Bill Mihelich and went to work in what would eventually become Mihelich Nursery in Warren, just a half mile from where he and Patricia would build their 1st and only home. In 1951, while at Michigan Agricultural College, Ray’s number came up in the draft, and he served bravely in the Korean Conflict for the next 2 years. His favorite story? One day while on duty, he received a message to call his base Commander immediately. On his way to the phone, he racked his brain trying to figure out what he’d done wrong. Upon making contact with his CO, he was informed that his Mom had called the CO directly to inquire upon her son’s health as she’d not heard a word from him in 2 months. After repeated apologies to the CO, he penned a letter that evening, and every month after, to his Mom. Ray married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Sweeney on January 7th, 1956, and started their family at the home Ray helped to build. He worked at the nursery for 40 years, advising customers on the best roses, shrubs and landscaping for their needs. He loved learning, and could educate anyone on any plant or tree they inquired on. He kept the nursery functioning behind the scenes with his extensive mechanical talent. He used that same mechanical ability volunteering at several Catholic parishes. Ray loved to discuss the events of the day, big and small, and passed on his wit and delight in life’s absurdities to his children. He also baked fantastic apple and cherry pies, with apples from Eastern Market that he would buy on trips there with his grandchildren. An avid bicyclist later in life (with a pheasant feather always in his helmet) he literally wore out chains cycling in the east side suburbs. His children have fond memories of numerous camping trips in Michigan, Canada and Florida throughout the years. As Ray and his daughter were bike riding past a billboard that said, “Take time to be a Dad today”, our Lord chose that moment to call him home, 2 days before what would have been his and Patricia’s 63rd wedding anniversary on Jan. 7. He is now joined with his parents, his brother Conrad, Mom, our brother Paul, our cousin Sharon and all our family members who shined a light along the way. Ray leaves behind to celebrate his life his sister and brother-in-law, his 5 surviving children, a son-in-law and 2 daughters-in-law, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, his US and Canadian relatives, his McDonald's buddies, friends, fellow parishioners and all those who had the good fortune to cross his path. More than likely, you came away with a new way to tackle a problem, fix a leak, patch a pipe or any number of things that would make your life easier. Ray was a loving, giving man, a practical man, a God loving and God fearing human being who would do anything for you…and he did, every day of his life. Please join us to celebrate Ray’s life at St. Lucy’s Parish, 23401 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI, 48080 on Saturday, Jan. 19th. Gathering at 9:30am, Mass at 10:30am, and a luncheon immediately following Mass at the church hall.
Published in The Macomb Daily on Jan. 14, 2019
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