AUGUSTA — Raymond L. Vallee Sr., 75, of Seminole, Fla., and formerly of Saco and Farmingdale died Thursday, Jan. 13, after a brief illness at MaineGeneral Medical Center with his family by his side.

He was born in Lewiston, Dec. 14, 1935, the son of the late Ludger and Gertrude (Renaud) Vallee.

Mr. Vallee was a graduate of St. Dominic’s High School, Class of 1953. He also was a graduate of Husson College and of the University of Southern Maine, where he received his master’s degree in education.

Ray was a dedicated educator of 35 years at Cony High School and was the owner/operator of the Creamy Frost Ice Cream and Batting cages in Farmingdale for many years.

Most recently, he was employed by Enterprise Rent-a-car in Florida. Mr. Vallee was a communicant of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallowell, where he served as lecter for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and was an avid softball player.

Ray adored all kids. He was able to make each child feel special. His love of children was transferred through coaching and teaching. Before his children even played Little League and Babe Ruth until three weeks before he died, he was on the diamond. Ray coached Hall-Dale Little League for more than 20 years, as well as Augusta Babe Ruth.

Whether it was PeeWee basketball at the KV YMCA or PeeWee football, he was dedicated to kids. Rays coaching abilities led many teams to local, state, New England, and national successes.

His number one love was his family. He cherished every day he spent with them and enjoyed daily phone calls with each one of his children and grandchildren. His most treasured memories were those with his family at Kinney Shores in Saco. He loved playing wiffle-ball on the beach, collecting sea glass, and teaching his children and grandchildren how to ride the waves.

Lobsters and clams on the deck were always a favorite, as the family shared treasured stories. When not on the beach in Saco, he was on the Gulf Coast Beaches in Florida.

Ray traveled the country to watch his favorite sports teams play. His travels brought him to the Notre Dame Stadium watching his beloved Fighting Irish, to Madison Square Garden and The Big East Basketball tournament. Ray was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and the New England Patriots. But above all, he cherished watching his kids and grandchildren play and succeed at all levels of athletics.

While retired in Florida, he played in an over 50 3-Score Softball League and took many road trips with his team. In 2008, he and his team played in the Senior World Games in St. George, Utah. At the Senior World Games, Ray led his team to win World Series Championship.

Ray is survived by four sons, Raymond L. Vallee Jr., his wife, Karen and their children, Raymond L. Vallee III, Michael Vallee, Patrick Bates, Christopher Bates and Stephen Bates of Hallowell, Thomas A. Vallee, his wife, Lola and their children, Alyssa Vallee and T.J. Vallee of Augusta, Christopher M. Vallee and his son, Michael Butler of Hallowell and Timothy J. Vallee, his wife, Michelle and their children, Christopher Vallee and Jacqueline Vallee of Saco; a daughter, Anne M. Vallee Tortorella, her fiancee, Steve Lachance and their children, Natalie Tortorella, Caroline Tortorella, Hayley Lachance and Heidi Lachance of Farmingdale; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Avery Vallee; his former wife of 46 years, Suzanne I. (Bourgoin) Vallee of Farmingdale and Largo, Fla.; an uncle, Maurice Renaud and his wife, Emily, of Lewiston; as well as several cousins.

Condolences to the family may be sent via the funeral home website at www.plummerfh.com.

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