CANAAN -- Albert Raymond, 89, passed away peacefully on Nov. 14, 2010, at his home surrounded by loving members of his family, and by his guardian angel who never left his side, not even for a single second.
It was our fervent prayer, and his, that our Dad would breathe his last in his own bed. That prayer was heard and for that we are grateful to our God.
He was born to Lezime and Marie (Guimond) Raymond on Oct. 16, 1921, in Frenchville, and was the husband of 69 years to Theresa (Raymond) Raymond.
He was predeceased by his parents and four brothers: Simeon, John, Abel and Lezime; one sister, Juliette (Raymond) Boucher; three stepsisters: Flevie Landry, Annie Voisine and Rose Theriault; also one grandson, Carl Raymond.
He leaves on son, Roland Raymond of Belgrade; a daughter Rose and son-in-law Joe Natale of Plainville, Conn., and a daughter Rena and son-in-law Paul Natale of Canaan with whom he resided.
He is also survived by two sisters: Jeannette Pelletier of Corinth, N.Y., and Theresa Bouchard of Madawaska, as well as a special sister-in-law, Rena, and brother-in-law, Robert Adams, of Madison.
He was a beloved Pepere to seven grandchildren: Debra (Raymond) DeMerchant and husband Bill; Marc Raymond and wife Jennifer; Rochelle (Natale) and husband Attorney Timothy Bupp; Patricia Natale; Suzanne (Natale) and husband Peter Rappoccio; Chantelle and Chelsea Natale. He was a great-grandfather to Eric, Angelica, Joseph, Vincent, Lucy and Charles and great-great-grandfather to Kayla, Madison and Dylan. He was an uncle to several nieces and nephews, including a special niece and nephew, Lorraine (Raymond) Fecteau and husband Ernest Fecteau of Winslow.
In 1955, the family moved from Maine to Connecticut in search of employment and eventually settled in Plainville, where they resided for approximately 30 years. He found employment at Parsons Buick Co. as a mechanic, retiring from that company after 31 years of service. After retirement, they returned to Maine, settling in Madison and later Canaan.
In his earlier years, our Dad enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as playing cards with family and friends -- always with a sense of humor and a positive mental attitude.
He was an inspiration in his living and especially in his dying. We love you, Dad, and we will miss you.
The family would like to express a deep and profound gratitude for the love and caring attentiveness extended to him by hospice RNs Holli Paquette, Sarah LaPlante and Kim Wood; social worker Roberta Heald and home health aide Nancy Hartgrove; also to Dr. Gina Gomez and the rest of the medical staff by whom he was always respectfully treated at Redington-Fairview General Hospital.
There will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Notre Dame Church, 112 Silver St., Waterville.
Cremation will follow the services and burial of his cremains will take place later in the family lot in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery Grove Street Waterville.
Donations in his memory can be sent to Hospice, 41 Main St., Skowhegan, ME 04976.
Arrangements are with Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville, Maine.