BAKERSFIELD — Raymond Flanders, age 66, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
He was born April 22, 1948 in St. Albans to the late Delmar and Rita (Gendron) Flanders.
Ray graduated from Brigham Academy in 1966. After high school he started working as a milk tester for DHIA, until retiring just a few years ago with over 40 years of service. Ray loved sports, especially baseball, and he could often be found playing wiffle ball on the park in East Fairfield in his younger years. On June 8, 1985 Ray married his best friend, Donna Metcalfe, he was her “7th grade crush”.
His hobbies included working in the woods with his tractor “Ollie”, chopping wood, maple sugaring, playing cards and watching black and white westerns. Most recently Ray worked at Mylan Technologies in St. Albans, where he made many friends over the past 16 years. He especially enjoyed family gatherings and his big smile and great sense of humor will be missed by all.
Ray leaves behind his wife, Donna Flanders, of East Fairfield; two daughters, Jessica Flanders and her significant other, Bill Holohan of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Jamie Flanders and her significant other, Tony Fortin of Colchester; a sister, Linda Hall of Williston; a niece, Mindy Gagner and her husband, Gilbert, of Highgate Springs; nephews, Daryl Hall and his significant other, Jen Shilling, of Williston and Daren Hall and his wife, Lisa,of Swanton; sisters-in-law, Debbie and Cathy Metcalfe; a special cousin, Wayne Mitchell; his cat and “Baby Girl”, Rue and several aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Ray was predeceased by his parents.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Church St., Fairfield with Rev. Bill Giroux celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. George’s Cemetery in Bakersfield.
Visiting hours will be held Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Ray’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the East Fairfield Women’s Auxiliary, C/O Judy Bryce, P.O. Box 53, East Fairfield, VT 05448.
Condolences may be sent to Ray’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.