WINSLOW -- Raymond W. LaChance Sr., 84, of Winslow passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the VA Maine Healthcare System hospital in Togus. He longed to be with his beloved wife, Geneva. He was born May 5,1928, the son of Joseph O. and Evelina (Larochelle) Lachance.
Ray married the love of his life, the former Geneva T. Cote, at St. Augustine Church in Augusta on Jan. 7, 1946. Geneva passed away on Dec. 1, 1994, after almost 50 years of marriage. Together they raised four sons, Raymond Jr., Wayne, Kenneth and Brian.
Ray was an Army veteran and served in Korea from 1946 to 1948, where he was a military policeman. Upon his return to Winslow, he served as police chief. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and was on the Winslow Planning Board. A hard worker, Ray spent most of his life self-employed. After the passing of his father, he managed the family grocery store on Halifax Street. A good carpenter, he built many homes in the Winslow area. In between jobs, he drove a school bus for the Winslow School Department. Later, he owned and managed Ray's Oil Service. After retiring, he continued to keep busy doing carpentry projects and had a thriving business cutting deer and moose.
Ray was a communicant of Corpus Christi Parish and attended services at St. John the Baptist Church. He was a member of Winslow Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8835 and a life member of Elk Lodge 905. Ray loved NASCAR racing and with his son Ray Jr. attended many races at Unity and New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
He was predeceased by his wife, Geneva, in 1994; his son, Wayne, in 1999; a grandson, Craig; and two sisters, Juliette Morissette in 2012 and Jeanette Roderick in 1987.
Ray is survived by three sons, Raymond Jr., Kenneth and Brian, all of Winslow; his grandchildren, Sarah, Diane, Robert, Nicole and Kelly Jo; nine great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; a sister, Arlene; and a brother, Pearley, and his wife, Alice Lachance.
Ray will be sadly missed by his many friends including Randy Fredette, Carl Laflamme, David Gilbert and Pat Flannery. He will especially be missed by his son Brian who was his caregiver in the last few years of his sickness.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., in Winslow.
Committal prayers with military honors will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove St., in Waterville.
Arrangements are with Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guest book may be signed and condolences expressed at gallantfh.com.