AUBURN – More than 150 friends, family, current and former co-workers greeted Ray Lemieux on Nov. 5 at a surprise party honoring his retirement as head custodian at Edward Little High School.

Lemieux joined the Auburn School Department as head custodian on Oct. 14, 1974. In his years at Edward Little, he has been known for his quick wit and welcoming demeanor. His nickname is “Razer.”

The Class of 1993 dedicated their yearbook to Lemieux, thanking him for being a role model and recognizing his importance as part of the ELHS staff. Ray Lemieux Jr. gave a special tribute to his father and Principal James Miller reminisced.

Lemieux is also known for his days as a professional musician, playing with the Melody Kings and Ray Lemieux and the Standouts. He played the harmonica, drums and did the vocals. With some coaxing, Lemieux gave a drum solo at the party.

Also providing music was Carole Wise, ELHS teacher and guitar vocalist, who sang “My Guy,” while members of the female faculty did a skit, “The Prettiest Girls.”

The Folkaires, also a group of ELHS staff, including Darren Leighton, Steve Clark and Mile Shannon, entertained the remainder of the evening with their blend of Celtic, folk and soft rock music.

In late October, the ELHS staff also surprised Lemieux with a money wreath at a faculty meeting.

The event, held at the Carriage House, was planned by Nancy Cyr, Patricia Gautier and Jacqueline Misenheimer.

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