William L. Raymond, 70, passed away on January 27, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Palmer, MA to the late Dorwin Raymond and Marion (Keith) McCormack. Bill was a graduate of Monson High School and received his Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy from STCC. Prior to college, William served his country with the United States Navy from 1968-1976, with two tours in Vietnam. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Navy Unit Commendation. William worked as a respiratory therapist for Baystate Hospital and then Noble Hospital, where he retired from. Bill was an avid golfer having memberships at Tekoa and Shaker Farms Country Clubs and played in the Noble Golf League for over 25 years. He enjoyed vacations in Hawaii and mostly loved his summertime picnics with all his grandchildren. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Jane (Ingalls) Raymond of Westfield, six loving children, Michele Fairbrother (Casey), Melissa Trinidad (Ray), Brian Raymond and Jamie Raymond (Mike), his step children, Robert Conroy (Jill) and Kristin Conroy, his twelve cherished grandchildren, Joshua Trinidad, Mikayla Raymond, Sophia and Isabella Raymond, Ayden and Lauren Dobson, Alex, Conor and Jack Fairbrother, Piper and Ryanne Ogden and Taylor Driscoll (with whom he lived with), granddaughter to be Baby Conroy and great granddaughter Elizabeth Trinidad. He also leaves his sister Gail Smith (Pete), his brother David Raymond, mother-in-law Glenice Ingalls and his loyal dog Brady. He was predeceased by his sister Linda Malsbury. Bill’s funeral will be held on Saturday at 1PM in the Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield. Burial will be private in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday from 11-1PM in the funeral home. Donations in William’s name may be directed to the Dakin Humane Society, 171 Union St, Springfield, MA 01103 or to the Westfield Homeless Cat Project, 1124 East Mountain Rd. Westfield, MA 01085. www.firtionadams.com
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