Raymond E. Bernier

Born: Tue., May 3, 1938
Died: Fri., Nov. 30, 2012

Family to do services at later date

Location: - Not available -


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 05, 2012
Location: Alexander Thomas and Sons Funeral Home, Walpole, MA

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BERNIER, Raymond E. "Ray" Of Walpole, formerly of Westbrook, ME, Nov. 30, age 74. Beloved husband of Suzanne (Mushreau) of 52 years. Devoted father of Rhonda Jones and her husband Frederick of Sharon, Raymond Jeffrey Bernier and his wife Barbara of Allen, TX and Kristen Bernier of Jamaica Plain. Cherished brother of Constance Theriault, Patricia Smith, Elaine Sullivan and John all of Maine, Paul of AZ and the late Richard, Philip and Venita Cutter. Loving "Pepere" of Patrick, Kevin, Brooke and Bobby. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Ray was the son of (late) Fernande (Fortin) and Odilon  Bernier, and grew up in Wesbrook, Maine, with his eight siblings. He attended Saint Hyacinths Elementary School, and graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland in1956, where he played baseball and football. He graduated from University of Maine at Orono in 1961 as an engineering physics major. He married Suzanne, began his family and started his career as a sales engineer with Honeywell Computer in Framingham, Massachusetts. He worked in sales management for several companies (Data General, Prime Computer) while the high tech field expanded through the 60's and 70's. He later developed his business, 'Educational Aids' providing educational supplies to teachers. While raising his family in Walpole, Ray coached youth baseball and attended countless hockey, soccer, tennis and cheerleading events with his children.  In his retirement, he volunteered as an ESL tutor, and enjoyed substitute teaching, most notably at Walpole High School for many years, where he was affectionately referred to as "Mr. Ray".

Ray was known by his family and friends for his intellectual curiosity, athletic passion and his personal humor, wisdom, sensitivity, kindness and humility.  From a large family, Ray was in the habit of reaching out to family and friends and made himself available for support and encouragement whenever needed.  With his inquisitive nature, he enjoyed exploring museums, traveling and learning about new cultures. His passion for sports and love of children made him an avid fan and beloved personal coach of his children and grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by so many whose lives he touched.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, December 5, from 4-8PM at the Alexander F. Thomas & Sons Funeral Home, 45 Common St., WALPOLE, MA. Relatives and friends invited. Interment will be private at family's request. A memorial service will be held in Westbrook, ME at a later date. Please, in lieu of flowers all donations in Mr. Ray's memory can be made to Walpole Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 5, South Walpole, MA 02071. For directions and online guestbook please visit thomasfuneralhomes.com.

Alexander F. Thomas & Sons Funeral Home
Walpole, MA
tel: 508-668-0154

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Camille and Jeanne Nadeau
   Posted Tue December 04, 2012
Dear Suzanne and family,we were so sorry to hear of Ray's passing and although time and space have seperated us over the years I have always felt close to the Bernier family as Aunt Fern was my godmother.
Please accept our most sincere condolences and prayers at this difficult time.

Love,Camille and Jeanne

Bobby Whitman
   Posted Tue December 04, 2012
Ray B (as I always called him) was one of the kindest, funniest, smartest people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I worked closely with Ray for a short time at BL Trading, and in that time he had a major impact on my life. I believe Ray missed his calling in life, because one of the things I always admired was his ability to tell a great story. His tales about his youth, or college, or his kids were always entertaining and heartfelt. He greatly influenced my decision and desire to become a writer.

My deepest condolences go out to Ray B's family. He will be missed.

Debbie Bayha
   Posted Wed December 05, 2012
Rhonda and family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of Ray. He will forever be missed on the sidelines of all of Kevin's games. Take comfort in knowing your boys will hold their grandfather's wisdom and lessons with them forever. God Bless! Love, Debbie and family

Kristen Parlon
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Dear Kristen and family,

Our deepest sympathies for the sudden loss of Mr. Bernier. We had the pleasure of meeting him at our church picnic this summer. He was sweet, funny, interesting, and had an apparent love of knowledge. We are so sad we will not get to know him better. A tragic loss.
You are in our prayers.

The Parlon family

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