1935 – 2014
LEWISTON — Raynald A. Thibodeau, 78, of 30 South Surry Lane in Lewiston, died Sunday, Feb. 16, at d’Youville Pavilion, following a long illness.
Born in Lewiston on July 10, 1935, he was the son of George and Imelda Cote Thibodeau. Educated in local schools, he attended Lewiston High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1954, finishing his education in the service. Trained as an aircraft mechanic, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1958, and went to work as a truck mechanic for Morrison & Sylvester in Auburn.
In 1964, he went to work for his uncle, Eddie Cote, at Edward’s Restaurant in Lewiston, purchasing the business in 1968. On May 6, 1967, he married the former Linda Strout and together, they owned and operated the restaurant for more than 40 years.
A member of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Prince of Peace Parish, he is survived by his wife, Linda, of Lewiston; three daughters, Sonya Lepage of Lewiston, Debra and husband, Mark Anthoine, of Lewiston and Michelle and husband, Steven Fader, of Worcester, Mass.; a brother, Marcel and wife, Norma Thibodeau, of Newington, Conn.; a sister, Constance and husband, Paul Brochu, of Lewiston; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Kellen, Andrew, Kristin, Mark, Connor and Katherine; and many nieces and nephews.
Ray enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends, as well as hunting, fishing, watching New England sports and time with his gang at Gipper’s. He was kind and generous to all he met and lived life to the fullest.
Special thanks to all the staff, customers and clients of Edward’s Restaurant for their many years of service and friendship. The family would also like to send a heartfelt thanks to the staff at d’Youville Pavilion, 3 East and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for all the love and care they gave Ray during his final months.
Donations, condolences and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.