1925 – 2014
LEWISTON — Raymond R. Legare, 88, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully Friday night at his home.
He was born in Lisbon Falls on June 1, 1925, a son of the late Omar J. and Marianne (Cloutier) Legare. He grew up in that area and attended local schools there. In 1943, Ray enlisted in the United States Army and served his country proudly in WWII until his discharge in 1946. At that time he went to meat cutting school and worked as a butcher at A&P for several years. Ray also was employed at Victor Dye Works where he eventually became the owner until they closed in 1972. During that time, he married Antoinette Parent at Holy Family Church in Lewiston and they started a family together. He also was working in quality control at Pioneer Plastics as well until his retirement in 1988. He was there for 19 years.
On December 11, 2004, Ray married Irene Parent at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston. Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 106 and the American Legion Post 22. Ray will always be remembered for his love of hunting, fishing and dancing. He was also an avid wine maker, best known for his Choke Cherry Wine.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Legare of Lewiston; a daughter, Marie Pleau and her husband, Rick, of South Carolina; and three stepchildren, Suzanne Adams and her husband, Jon, of Wales, Therese Michaud of Hartford and Carol Breton of Buckfield. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Gregory and Vanessa Pleau; and two stepgrandchildren, David Michaud and William “Billy Ray” Lunt; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Antoinette, in 2002; and two brothers, Paul and Leo.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the entire staff at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice and to Dr. Peter Beeckel for their devoted care towards Ray in his final weeks.
You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with Ray’s family through his guestbook at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.