Ray Michel
1941 - 2020
BORN
1941
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Dolan Funeral Home - North Chelmsford
106 Middlesex St.
North Chelmsford, MA
Of Lowell

Ray Michel of Lowell passed away peacefully at home on December 24, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Lowell on November 13, 1941, Ray was the son of the late Joseph and Theresa Lozeau Michel. He was a devoted husband of 57 years to Trudy Vail Michel. He is survived by his children, Lisa Rege and her husband Paul of Milton, Lynn Weisse and her husband Don of Swampscott and Lori Michel Galvin of Lowell. Ray was a devoted and proud Pepere to Jack Galvin, Donnie Weisse, Elizabeth Weisse, Ethan Weisse, and Aaron Joncas. Although he claimed he was not a dog person, he gained comfort in his final years from his three dogs Rex, Bo and Girl.

The oldest of five sons, Ray is survived by his brothers and their wives, Richard A. Michel of Dracut, Sgt. Major (Ret.) USMC Donald and Elaine Michel of Hudson, NC, David and Mary Michel of Huntersville, NC, and Dennis and Ronni Michel of Salisbury, MA. Also, his in-laws Rachael Ducharme of Westford, Chuck Vail of Chillicothe, IL, John and Lu Vail and Joe Vail of Lowell, Barbara Pierce of Ormond Beach, FL and his aunt and uncle Juliette and Roger Desrochers of Lowell. Ray had many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded by in-laws, Raymond and Gertrude Savard Vail, sisters-in-law, Florida Vail Cullen, Theresa Muldoon Vail, and brothers-in-law, Raymond Vail, Jr. and Roger Ducharme.

Ray was a graduate of Ste Jeanne d'Arc School and Lowell High School, class of 1959. He was signed by the LA Dodgers upon graduation, playing for three years until he, "didn't know where my fast ball was going." He joined Digital Equipment Corporation as a stock boy following his release from baseball. He rose through the ranks becoming European Distribution Manager in Geneva, Switzerland and retired after 40 years as Corporate Manger of Logistics for Hewlett Packard.

In his spare time, Ray coached the Lowell/Tyngsboro American Legion Baseball Teams for nine years with the help of Butch Hamilton and Joe Barros. He was proud of how his former players grew to be good men and good citizens. Ray also loved to golf. As a member of Mt. Pleasant, he became one of the Tuesday regulars. Whenever he would come home after a round and was asked how he did, his response was always, "I stunk up the place."

Ray could be found volunteering behind the scenes for various Lowell High School organizations, such as the LHS Hall of Fame and the Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni; he was also the first chairman of the FLHS Baseball Committee. In addition to volunteering, Ray was a generous supporter of many charitable organizations including the Salvation Army, Shriners Hospitals, St. Jude Hospital and the Owl Diner Charities.

Ray's legacy to you is this: enjoy life, have fun, keep your sense of humor, take things in stride, and let those you love feel it.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Andrew Romanowsky and his staff for their loving care. Also, Esther, Melissa and the entire team of Care Dimensions Hospice of Peabody, for caring for Ray with kindness. Helping Ray in the last few years of his journey were Rachael, Chuck, Richard, John, Elaine, Don, Holly, Bob, Esther, Ken, Kathy, Erica, cousin Jeannine and special friend Mary Bobbie Galvin. Thank you to all who offered support and kept us in your prayers.

Ray, always positive, would say, "Je m'arrangerai bien avec le bon Dieu" (I'll get along all right with God).

Due to the pandemic, private services were held and a celebration of life is planned for spring.

Arrangements by Dolan Funeral Home 978-256-4040. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.

Published by Lowell Sun on Dec. 29, 2020.
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Ray was a great person, I enjoyed our many conversations. He was always very positive and had a lot of sage advice. We worked together at HP before he retired. We held something in common, he started his job at DEC the same month, day and year I was born. Ray was an awesome manager and taught so many leaders on how to lead and how to be a better person. He will be sorely missed but I know he will be going to a better and brighter place and I look forward to the day that we will meet again.
Thomas Day
Coworker
January 5, 2021
Saddened to learn of Ray's passing. Memories of family gatherings way back when have been going through my mind. He had such a presence at those events, always a big smile and laugh, always ready and eager to tease us younger cousins (and even my Mom!) in a playful way. I looked up to him in more ways than one! He was truly a good, kind soul and will be missed. Looking back I regret not switching leagues to join his Legion team when he asked - those would have been fun, memorable years!

Trudy, Lisa, Lynn and Lori, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Take care,
Paul
Paul Desrochers
Family
December 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to Ray's entire family.

I first met Ray when I played Legion baseball for him, he was always a true gentleman and an inspirational coach. I was also lucky enough to play golf and spend time socially with Ray, he was always a man that could make any day enjoyable. Ray was and always will be a friend and mentor to all he knew.

Dick O'Loughlin
Dick O'Loughlin
Friend
December 30, 2020
I worked for Ray at Digital Equipment and he was a great boss but above that, a great man. When I made a life decision to move my family to Texas with Compaq, he gave me the best advice ever. "Always live within your means" as it applies to your career. He will be missed.
William Linnus
Coworker
December 30, 2020
philip obrien
December 30, 2020
One of the first people I met when I joined Digital. For a period of time we lived a block away from each other in Lowell. Always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. We spent lots of hours talking baseball and sports. I will cherish our time together and will miss him dearly. So sorry for you loss Trudy and the girls. God bless.
Ronald Chestna
Friend
December 30, 2020
Trudy and family ,I will never forget the fun times we had at Charlies and the great conversations at the barbershop.
Desi
Palm harbor.Fl.
Bob Desmond
Friend
December 30, 2020
God bless you Ray. A finer gentleman didn’t exist. The lessons you passed on to the youth of baseball will live on.
Reg & Ruby Walker
Reggie walker
Friend
December 29, 2020
What a great man and a great family!!! I had the pleasure to play for the American legion in the late 80’s with Ray as our coach. He had an incredible way of encouraging us when we were down or bringing us back down to earth when we were a little too full of ourselves. After being out of Lowell and not seeing him for a good 20 years I bumped into him at an event in Lowell and without missing a beat said “Chris, how are you?” Awesome!!! But that was the type of guy he was. Trudy and family, so sorry for your loss
Chris Maguire
Friend
December 29, 2020
My condolences to Ray's family. Please know he was truly a good guy. Had the pleasure of chatting with him several times. He always wanted to know how to play a better game of golf. I told him when I found a better way to play golf I would let him know. Rest in Peace my friend you will be missed..
Mike Burns
Friend
December 29, 2020
Absolutely great guy who was always happy to greet you at Digital
Bob Bureau
Coworker
December 29, 2020
Trudy and Family, So sorry for your loss. Had many laughs with Ray over the years. He truly lived his Legacy. Great guy. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences.
Charlie Gill
Friend
December 29, 2020
To the Michel family, please accept my heartfelt condolences in Ray's passing. I worked at DEC with Ray and on occassion shared a ride home with him as we both lived in Lowell at the time. He was always a very supportive and helpful person who never forgot his roots. May he rest in peace.
StevevGeorgoulis
Coworker
December 29, 2020
So sorry to the entire Michel family for your loss.
I would meet up with cousin Ray on the golf course to update family news and the latest happenings. He always had a smile on his face just like his Mother Aunt Theresa did!
Bob Roy
Family
December 29, 2020
Ray's natural abilities as a baseball player were revealed very early on. He more than held his own as he played regularly on the sandlots with neighborhood kids who were several years older than he. More importantly, Ray was throughout his life a great guy who got along with everyone. Very approachable and unassuming, he quietly exerted a positive influence on his surrounding. Ray will be missed.
Normand and Priscilla Lamoureux
Family
December 29, 2020
Dear Trudy and family,
Very sorry to read about Ray.He was a good guy and teammate .
Always ,Dick
Dick grady
Friend
December 29, 2020
Ray was a Digital friend, and I have fond memories.
God bless,
Chuck Guido
December 29, 2020
Lisa, So sorry for your loss. I had so many laughs with Ray over the years at Mt. Pleasant. He had a great sense of humor and was always a pleasure to be with. I hope that all the great memories you have will help you through this difficult time.
Mike Campbell
Mike C.
Friend
December 29, 2020
RIP Coach. You were a great man.
Ken Gys
December 29, 2020
I played a lot of baseball growing up in Lowell but my best memories were playing 2 years under coach Michel’s Lowell Legion team in the early ‘80s
Trudy & Ray treated all the players like family and playing ball for him was really a true joy.
The best coach I ever had.
I will never forget Ray Michel
Pat M
Friend
December 29, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
william dowling
Friend
December 29, 2020
Ray: “ Go rest high upon that mountain.....your work on earth is done......... “ Give them all some of your great sarcasm and humor! You will b missed.
Jeannine Lamoureux Sicard
Family
December 29, 2020
Trudy, our entire family was deeply saddened upon learning of Ray's passing. What a wonderful neighbor! For forty years, we have enjoyed Ray's kindness and sharp, affectionate humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your daughters, and all of your family. Our son and daughter-in-law also extend their condolences.

With love and sympathy,
John, Mary, and Katie McGowan
John, Mary, and Katie McGowan
Neighbor
December 28, 2020
What a beautiful tribute to Ray. Offering sincere condolences to his family, and fondly remembering time we spent together at family gatherings. You are each in my thoughts and prayers.
Colette Desrochers
Family
December 28, 2020
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