AUGUSTA – Raymond L. Harris, 93, of the Wellman Road, Chelsea passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, at the emergency room of MaineGeneral Medical Center.

He was born in Manchester on March 22, 1913, a son of Frank and Mary Welch Harris. He was presented the Chelsea Cane, The Boston Post Cane, as the oldest resident of the town in 2004. He moved to Chelsea at the age of 7 and had resided there for 86 years.

Ray had been employed by E.A. Thompson in Randolph, unloaded coal by hand from barges in Gardiner, for Bridge Construction, and Bath Iron Works for four years during the war, never missing a day.

He was self-employed moving buildings, employed for A.P. Wyman and retiring after 25 years as a maintenance supervisor for the Maine Turnpike in 1980.

He is survived by his son, Dale Harris and his wife, Barbara, of Dixfield; daughter-in-law, Diane Harris of Waterville and Port Orange, Fla.; sister-in-law, Olive Harris of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Debra Henry and husband, Michael, of Jay, James Harris and wife, Elizabeth, of San Diego, Calif., Raymond Harris of Winslow and Melanie and her partner, Moniquie, of New York; great-grandchildren, Michelle Harris of San Diego, Calif., Joshua Norton of Chesterville, Katherine, Victoria and Anna Harris of Winslow; partner Moniquie’s son, Cody Banath; nephew, Frank Monroe of Whitefield; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

A special thank you to the staff and Judy McAuslin at the Gary Birch nursing home in Augusta. Thanks also to Tara Chamberlin at the MaineGeneral Medical Center, and Dr. Gene Cheng, M.D.

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