Raymond "Ray" Mark Keller
Raymond "Ray" Mark Keller passed away peacefully on May 15, 2021, after suffering a cardiac arrest the previous week from which he never recovered at the age of 61. Born on February 19, 1960, in Tarrytown, NY, Ray was the youngest of four to parents Helen Fogarty Keller and Robert E.L. Keller. In high school and college, Ray found his passion for running and physical fitness in track and field, regularly running the mile event. Always a team player, he even stepped up to run the steeplechase when his team needed him, giving him a story that he would recount countless times over the years. Following a family tradition of engineering, Ray studied mechanical engineering at Drexel University, setting himself up for an impactful career in energy efficiency and conservation. After college, he moved to Maine where he met his first wife, Michelle, raised their three children, and eventually relocated to Vermont. Again continuing the tradition of his father, Ray received his private pilot's license and regularly took to the skies with his family and friends. During his career, Ray worked with many efficiency engineering teams across New England, settling in for a tenure with Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) from 2006 to 2020 as lead commercial energy efficiency engineer. It was there he met Elisabeth "Lee" Goldsborough, and the two were happily wed in 2016 - IFLY.
Ray lived an active life dedicated to his family, his work, exercise, and eating well. His 38-year-long career dedicated to energy efficiency made its mark on Vermont, New England, and across the country. After leaving VGS as a leading figure in energy efficiency, Ray joined the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), an international group committed to communicating and accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient practices.
As a father, Ray cared deeply for his kids and selflessly shared his sharp intellect, analytical mind, energy for physical fitness, and love of classic Americana rock. He is survived by his children, Anna, Theresa, and Thomas Keller, his adoring wife, Elisabeth "Lee' Goldsborough, and his siblings, Robert, Sheila, and Richard Keller. A memorial to celebrate Ray's life will be held at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, VT on July 10th. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to CEE in the name of Ray Keller. Contact CEE regarding a gift that furthers Ray's lifelong work in energy efficiency by sending an email to: [email protected]
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Published by The Burlington Free Press from May 24 to May 25, 2021.