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It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Raymond G. Potvin, 83, of Andover, Mass. Raymond passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at High Pointe Hospice in Haverhill, after a period of declining health. Raymond was born in Andover on December 17, 1933 to the late Napoleon and Gertrude (Lavoie) Potvin. He grew up on the family farm in Andover. Following his graduation from Punchard High School in Andover, Ray enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served overseas in Korea.
Upon his discharge, Ray married his sweetheart, Eleanor, and worked as a lineman for Massachusetts Electric Company for over 40 years. He raised three children and was a proud, devoted, caring father, but he always said that one of his greatest pleasures in life was spending time with his two grandsons, Beau and Lee.
Raymond was fiercely proud of his French-Canadian heritage, and did intensive geneology research for his own family and others. He had an insatiable hunger for knowledge and was a voracious reader of newspapers and books. He enjoyed golfing and long Sunday drives, often travelling off the beaten path. Ray had a passion for travel, both in the States and abroad, including historical and archaeological research at sites in New England, Mexico, and South America. Upon retirement, Ray became a tireless, dedicated volunteer at the R.S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology in Andover and he belonged to a dozen or more Historical Societies from Andover, to Nashua, to Fryeburg Maine. In collaboration with another historian, Raymond wrote a book based on Colonial-era Indian history events entitled ‘The Scalp Hunters’.
Raymond is preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 56 years, Eleanor (Weir) Potvin, He leaves their three children; Carol R. Potvin of West Newbury, Barbara R. Ryan of Boston and her partner Mark Austin, and Frank K. Potvin of North Reading and his wife, Mary Joan. He will also be missed by his two grandsons; Beau Sibeleski and Leah O’Hara, and Lee Sibeleski and wife, Elaine Almquist, of North Andover. He also leaves behind his brother, Walter and his wife, Sandra Potvin. Walter was Ray’s dear and close friend. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Irene, and sister-in-law, Bernice and several nieces and nephews. Raymond was predeceased by his brothers, Napoleon Potvin (Paul) and Arthur Potvin.
Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday, August 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, Andover, MA 01810. A funeral service is scheduled to be celebrated at the Conte Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 15, at 10 a.m. followed by burial with military honors in West Parish Garden Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Raymond’s memory be sent to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or www.parkinson.org. To leave online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  August 11, 2017
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