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Raymond A. HarrisMarch 31, 1938 ~ January 7, 2018 (age 79)
WINCHENDON - Raymond A. Harris, 79, of 66 Willoughby Avenue, died peacefully Sunday evening, January 7, 2018 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, with his family at his side.
He was born in Winchendon on March 31, 1938, son of the late Lawrence and Margaret (Hildreth) Harris and was a lifelong Winchendon resident.
Ray was a volunteer with the Winchendon Fire Department for 37 years and attained the rank of lieutenant. He also worked for the Town of Winchendon in many different capacities. He was foreman, for many years, of the Winchendon Landfill, which he helped to build. Additionally, he had worked as the town's dog officer, field driver and fence viewer. Ray was the last person to plow the sidewalks in Winchendon with horses.
An avid outdoorsman, his hobbies were camping, fishing, snowmobiling and doing anything in the outdoors. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family. Ray was highly respected, well known and well loved by his family, friends and associates.
He leaves his wife of 50 years, Martha J. (Cook) Harris; two children, Joshua Harris and his wife Shannon of Winchendon and Rebecca Paul and her husband Randy of Winchendon; two brothers, Lawrence Harris Jr of Rindge, NH and Charles Harris of Keene, NH, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Two children, Raymond A. Harris Jr and Christy L. Harris, preceded him in death.
Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon are Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 5 to 7 P.M.
A private graveside service will be held in the spring in Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Winchendon Fire Department, 405 Central Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.