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Ronald H. “Ronnie” Raymond

Southwick, Mass. — Ronald H. “Ronnie” Raymond, 77, of Southwick, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 222 College Highway, Southwick. A Celebration of His Life will follow in the Fellowship Hall next door immediately after the service. Please bring photos, small mementos or written stories of your special memories of Ron to share and be placed with him if you wish.

Ron was born in Sharon, Vt. on July 8, 1936, the son of Percy Raymond Sr. and Delia Lydia Wood.  Raised on farms on Mill Road in South Royalton, the “Raymond Farm” on Route 132 in Sharon, and the College Farm in Hanover, N.H. he learned the value of hard work, dependability and keeping your word. He left Vt. for Mass. at age 20 and was thereafter married to Gert Ryan Raymond, a marriage of 38 years.

Ronnie worked numerous backbreaking jobs so his family wanted for nothing. He worked at Wolf Motor sales where he earned his wild man reputation and retired from Hamilton Standard where he built jet engine components. Fast cars, mechanics & motorcycles were his life. He raced in motocross, hill climbing, and speedway. He loved being outdoors, horses, dogs and especially kids and they loved him. He knew how to have fun.

 Between Ron and his wife, Gert they had four children. He is survived by Gert; daughter, Jennifer Vazquez (Milt) and their son, James Raymond; daughter, Amy Hartley, and her daughter, Sarah Brooks (Rick); Joseph Grenon (Chrissie), their sons, Cole and Seth; Melissa Grenon, her children, G.B., Wesley and Raven Carrao; and, Kylie and Sierra Clark, the twins who brought such fun to Ron’s life. He had 10 siblings. Located in WRJ are brother, Winston Raymond and wife, Hazel & sister, Nathalie George. From Fairlee, Lloyd Raymond and companion Vina, & from Barre, Billie Raymond and his wife Ann; from Maine, sisters, Sandra Hatt and husband, Herb and Theresa Brown. The “Southern Siblings” include sisters Beverly Bradley and husband Bob from Va., formerly of Bethel and Colleen Watkins of Fla. and his closest brother and partner in crime, Teddy “Red” Raymond and his wife, Irene of Conn. He had MANY nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews, and even some great-greats! Ron is preceded in death by his parents, a brother he idolized, Percy Raymond, Jr. “Junie” and Ron’s loyal dog, Bonnie.

Donations can be made in his memory to the “Christian Appalachian Project”, “Ronald McDonald House” or “Christ Church United Methodist”.