Raymond Joseph Cormier
Brewer and Castine
Raymond “Ray” Joseph Cormier, was deeply loved by Mary Lou, his wife of sixty years; dearly by his daughter, Alison and partner, Tom Perkins; tenderly by his son, Michael and wife Tammy; and forever by his grandsons Cameron and Cody and fiancé, Mindy, and granddaughter, Maddison. He passed away March 7, 2020.
He was born in Bangor on March 1, 1934, one of nine children, to Leo P and Laura (Depres) Cormier. After graduating from John Bapst High School, Ray enlisted in the US Navy and served as a steel worker 3C in Construction battalions (Seabees) on several Pacific Islands. He was exceptionally proud of his service to our country.
Upon discharge, he returned to Bangor, and married Mary Lou Cox in 1960. He worked for his father as a sheet metal mechanic at the Bangor Roofing and Sheet Metal Company until 1967, when he bought the Bangor Radiator Shop from his father, Leo. Ray and son, Michael, worked together and carried on the family business until Ray’s retirement in 1996 when Michael bought the business, making it the third generation of family ownership. The fourth generation was added when grandson, Cody, opened an automotive business in Portland, celebrating Bangor Radiator Shop’s 90th year of service to its customers.
In his younger years, Ray enjoyed roller skating at Lucky’s Landing, but also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cribbage, telling stories and camp life. He especially loved sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay with his family and friends.
People who knew Ray, knew he was very generous with his talents and material things. He was a member of the Bangor Breakfast Rotary Club, the Brewer Kiwanis Club, the Mainly Music Barbershop Chorus in Bangor, and the Bagaduce Ambulance Corps of Castine.
Ray is survived by his wife Mary Lou, daughter, Alison and partner, Tom Perkins, son Michael and wife, Tammy, grandchildren, Cameron, Cody and Maddison, brother, Robert, and sisters Florine and Shirley and their spouses and children.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Edward, Gerald and Alfred, and two sisters, Lorraine and Theodora.
Ray’s family wishes to thank the Veteran’s Administration of Augusta and Bangor and St Joseph’s Hospital staff for their excellent care, and many kindnesses toward him.
A Funeral Mass will be held 11 am Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ohio St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to a luncheon to celebrate Ray’s life in the parish hall, immediately following the Mass.
Gifts in his memory may be sent to St. Andre Home,( its mission is to serve young women, babies and families in need,) 168 Prospect St., Biddeford, ME. 04005.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.