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Raymond Richard Demers
November 12, 1939 ~ November 30, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Raymond Richard Demers, known affectionately as Pep, passed away on November 30, 2023, in Methuen, Massachusetts, at the age of 84. Born on November 12, 1939, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Ray attended St. Theresa Primary School and Central Catholic High School. Ray served his country in the US Navy with his best friend Robbie Robinson from 1955 to 1959. While stationed in Milwaukee Wisconsin, he met his beautiful wife Jeanette. It has been said that he picked her up with a pretty good line, while walking down Wisconsin Ave. Following his military service, Ray pursued a career as a carpenter. He dedicated himself to his craft, leaving a lasting impact through his work, helping to build homes and camps for his family and friends, as well as beautiful heirloom furniture to be shared for many generations.
Ray was a devoted family man and a lover of the mountains. Above all else, Ray cherished his family. He built a camp in Twin Mountain, NH, where he raised his children and grandchildren to have a deep appreciation and respect for the beauty and majesty of nature. Ray took great pride in teaching his family the skills of fishing, hunting, building campfires, filleting fish, foraging for mushrooms, and enjoying the rivers. A special memory for his children was snowmobiling into the camp each winter to choose the family Christmas tree. He spent many years traveling with his wife across the country and making dear friends along the way. He was especially fond of his many trips to Alaska and spending winters in the Florida Keys.
Ray found solace and spiritual fulfillment in the mountains and river streams. These natural places served as his places of worship, where he connected with something greater than himself. Ray will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His legacy lives on through his family, who will carry his teachings and love for the mountains in their hearts. Ray’s presence will be deeply missed but his spirit will forever endure.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jeanette Demers, who stood by his side through thick and thin. He is also survived by his sister, Jeanne Longtin, and his children Dean and his wife Collette, Glenn and his wife Lauren, Deanna Demers, Kerri D'Agastino and her wife Amy D'Agastino.
Ray will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Melissa Ste Marie, Jeremy and Joshua Demers, Annabelle Weisman-Demers, Cassandra Demers, Jonathan Demers, Jessica Vanbogelen, Jenny Greene, Matthew Hemmerdinger, Ryan Demers, Carli Demers, Joe Chenard, Eva D'Agastino and many great grandchildren, Kellen and Kendall Ste.Marie, Charles, Andrew and Savannah Demers, River and Wilder Weisman-Demers, Olivia Demers, Caiden, Madelyn and William Vanbogelen, Emma and Mia Hernandez, Jackson, Grayson, and Nora Greene and Khymber Allen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Albina Demers, and his siblings Donald, Dixie Brown, Violet Roy, Jacqueline Batchelder, Marie Carter, Roland and Richard Tracy.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday December 8, 2023 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Goundrey Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem, NH, A short service will follow the calling hours at 4:00 pm on Friday at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, please visit Ray’s tribute page at www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com.