1928 – 2016

SOUTH PARIS — Raymond Joseph Gaudet, 87, of Dixfield died Tuesday, March 15, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris.

Raymond was born on Dec. 18, 1928, in Mexico, a son of Madeline Poirier Gaudet and Peter P. Gaudet. He attended school in Mexico and entered military service on May 7, 1951.

Raymond (Ray) served in the Korean War and fought at the Battle of Sandbag Castle. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 29, 1953, and received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal Combat Infantry Badge.

Ray returned to Rumford, married Theresa Melanson and began a family. He developed his skills in construction and carpentry and worked as a millwright in paper mills throughout New England. After retirement, he dedicated much of his time assisting fellow veterans with their needs. Ray was a storyteller and enjoyed socializing with veterans and fellow retirees. He appreciated friends and animals, especially his loyal companion T-Bone, and would extend assistance to those in need anytime he was able.

Raymond is survived by his children; sons, Raymond R. Gaudet, David Gaudet and Robert Gaudet and wife, Melissa, all of Rumford; a daughter, Patricia Gaudet and fiancé, Ron Coutu of Bedford, N.H.; his four grandchildren, Joseph Gaudet, Christopher Gaudet, Virginia Bradeen and husband, Archie, and Brittany Gaudet; and five great-grandchildren, Anna and Kolby Gaudet, and Griffin, Cash and Gavyn Bradeen.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his wife, Theresa; brothers, Edgar, Delore, Gerard and Peter; and his sisters, Eleanor Tombarelli, Lumina Tombarelli, Beatrice Brown and Joan Lacroix.


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