1926 – 2012
TERRYVILLE, CONN. - Henry “Sarge” J. Raymond, Jr., 85, of Terryville, Conn., former Bristol resident, widower of Ruth C. (MacDonald) Raymond, died Friday, July 13, 2012 at his home. Sarge was born Aug. 2, 1926 in Sully, P.Q., Canada and was a son of the late Henry Sr. and Regina (Bernard) Raymond. Sarge enlisted at the age of 17 and was a U.S. Army Veteran of three wars, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, retiring as a First Sergeant after 36 years of service. Sarge dedicated his life to his fellow veterans including organizing an honor guard to attend close to 2,000 veterans' funerals since 2006. He was a longtime Terryville resident and retired from the Terryville Volunteer Fire Dept. in 1997 after 43 years of dedicated service, during which he worked to get the CO. 4 Firehouse built which services Fall Mountain. The fire department recently dedicated a fire engine in his honor. He also retired in 1990 after 39 years of service from Associated Spring where he served as a Corp. Fire Chief. He was a member and past commander of the national, state and local Post 22 Franco-American War Veterans, a member of American Legion Seicheprey Post 2, Bristol, Palos Council 35 Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement, Fall Mountain Lake Association, and a life member of Le Club Franco-American de Bristol. He was also a member of St. Joseph Church in Bristol, was an officer of the National VAVS office of Newington VA Hospital, and a charter member of the Connecticut Veterans Coalition. Sarge is survived by three sons, William J. and Maureen Raymond of Epping, N.H., Richard A. Raymond of Salem, Conn., and Henry J. III and Stacey Raymond of Bristol, Conn.; four daughters, Sandra L. Raymond of Edgartown, Mass., Kathleen M. and William Miller of King George, Va., Patricia A. and Susan Raymond of Bristol, Conn., and Frances R. and James Ficocelli of Bristol, Conn.; four brothers, Albert of Chicago, Ill., Reginald and Gerald, both of Madawaska, and Chris of Florida; two sisters, Geraldine Pelletier of Sanford, and Lorraine Ducas of Edmundston, N.B., Canada; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Justin, Jesse, Henry IV, Katelyn, and Gabrielle Raymond, and Zachary Ficocelli; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Jane Levesque. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at St. Joseph Church, Bristol, Conn. Burial with full military honors followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol, Conn. Relatives and friends called at the Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, Conn. between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday, July 16. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charitable organization of the donor’s choice: Franco-American War Veteran’s, c/o American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Ct., Bristol, CT 06010; American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Ct., Bristol, CT 06010; Bristol Veteran’s Council, P.O. Box 2634, Bristol, CT 06011-2634; or Fall Mountain Fire Department Company 4, 1 Allentown Road, Terryville, CT 06786. Please visit Sarge’s memorial website at www.FunkFuneralHome.com.