1963 – 2003

WILTON – Raymond E. “Butch” Weed, 40, of Wilton, was tragically taken Tuesday evening at his home.

He was born in Middletown, Conn., Aug. 14, 1963, a son of Raymond H. and Elaine Strangos Weed Jr. He attended Valley Regional High School in Deep River, Conn., and while there, also attended vocational school, specializing in carpentry. He graduated in 1982.

While in Connecticut, he was active in the “Big Brother” program, demonstrating early on his love and care for children. After graduation from high school, he traveled to Montana, working construction in Big Sky. From there, he moved to Alaska and worked at Denali National Park. He relocated to Maine in 1985, where he was a carpenter for Taylor Made Homes and Hills Pond Associates, before establishing his own successful venture, New Horizon Builders.

He was a member of the Farmington Baptist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher.

He was active in the community of Wilton where he was a member of the Wilton Lions Club and a former member of the Planning Board. He coached area youth football for several years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, paint-ball, snowmobiling, fishing, camping, and riding his four-wheeler.

He was loved by the entire community, especially the young people and most fondly by his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother Elaine of Weld; siblings, Terry Priest and her husband Chuck of Weld, Donna Trabucchi and her husband John of Weld, William Weed of Frederick, Md., and Rachel Fretz and her husband Dave of Wilton. He is also survived by seven nieces and nephews, Jesse Priest, Jack Trabucchi, Spencer and Camille Weed, Jeremy and Joel Jackson, and Emily Fretz.

He is also survived by his loving companion, Michele Wilson of North Jay.

He was predeceased by his father, Raymond H. Weed Jr. on April 22, 2003.

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