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Raymond G. Wilson, 81, of Lawrence, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2017, at his home. Born in Lawrence, the son of Roy A. Wilson and Grace W. Wilson on September 25, 1936, Ray graduated from Lawrence High School in 1954 and served his country from 1956 through 1960 as a proud United States Naval Seabee. He spent his four-year tour of duty stationed in Cuba developing military sites. His first job after leaving the service was for Perini Corporation working on the double 495 bridge over the Merrimack River. Throughout his life, he also worked for several contractors in the local area including N. Pandelena & Sons, George Cairns & Sons, and ended his career with Modern Continental in Boston with the Big Dig and the Route 3 expansion. He retired in 2002 from Teamster Local 379. He loved his family and enjoyed traveling and vacationing, but his favorite time was going to Rockport, Maine, every year and visiting family in Florida several times a year. Ray enjoyed coffee, donuts and old stories every few weeks with sister-in-law, Sandi Kannheiser, and our late brother-in law, George "Slim" Kannheisert -- that was a must.
Ray leaves his loving wife, Joan (Anderson) Wilson; his sons, Stephen and his wife, Susan of Candia, N.H., David and his wife, Jennifer of Methuen; step-sons, Thomas Swarbrick and his wife, Kim of Salem, N.H., Michael Swarbrick and his wife, Brenda of Englewood, Fla., Robert Swarbrick and his wife, Neary of Londonderry, N.H., and Alan Swarbrick and his wife, Sheila of Windham, N.H. He also leaves his daughters, Donna Delaney and Laurie Rossi and family, and several nieces and nephews. He especially loved his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed seeing them whenever he could.
Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. Visiting hours will conclude with US Navy Military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Veterans Liberty House, 599 Canal St., 6 E, Suite 17, Lawrence, MA 01841; or to The MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. To leave an online condolence, please go to www.dewhirstfuneral.com.
Published on  October 23, 2017
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