VIENNA — Raymond J. D’Alfonso, 65, of Vienna and Canyon Lake, Texas, died at his home in Vienna, May 16.
He was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Calais, the son of Joseph and Erma Marie D’Alfonso. He graduated from Lewiston High in 1963, and went on to undergraduate study at Northeastern University, majoring in business.
Upon graduation from college, he entered the workforce in the insurance industry in Hartford, Conn. In 1968, he volunteered for active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, proudly serving his country as a missile launch officer and earning a master’s degree from Southern Missouri State. In 1973, he was honorably discharged from the USAF and re-entered the insurance industry, working in Connecticut, Vermont and eventually Texas, until his retirement from USAA’s San Antonio office in 2000.
In his retirement, he continued to work part time as a real estate developer in the Belgrade Lakes area and was instrumental in creating the Rockwood Shores development on Long Pond. A loving father, he was very proud of his children, always quick to praise their accomplishments in the military, medical profession and insurance industry. He admired his father, who immigrated from Italy as a boy, eventually earned two Ph.D.’s and was both a professor at Bates College and minister in the the United Methodist Church in Lewiston.
He enjoyed the outdoors, boating and visiting with his lifelong friends at Flying Pond in Vienna. He was a national ski patrol member as a young man, most recently taking his grandsons skiing this winter in Pennsylvania. Ray loved animals, especially his dog, Tina and was an avid history buff, studying and visiting sites across America and Europe.
Survivors include two sons, U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth D’Alfonso and his wife, Laura, of New Braunfels, Texas, and Dr. Robert D’Alfonso and his wife, Allison, of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Angela Fiedler and her husband, Chris, of Austin, Texas; and the children’s mother and his former wife, Michele (Fortier) Batemen originally of Lewiston, currently residing in New Braunfels, Texas; four grandchildren, Luke, Cole and Faith D’Alfonso and Hagen Fiedler.
He shared a very close and personal relationship with his longtime friend, Mary Ralmuto of San Antonio, Texas.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a younger brother, Donald.