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Raymond Porter

Raymond Peter Porter

Monday, September 20th, 1948 - Saturday, October 12th, 2019
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WINTERPORT – Raymond P. “Chief” Porter, 71, died October 12, 2019, at his home, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He was born September 20, 1948, in Lincoln, the son of Albert “Tiny” and Ruth (Chatterton) Porter.

Ray graduated from Winterport High School, Class of 1966. Following graduation, he server first with the U.S.A.F Air National Guard before joining the U.S. Navy, serving from 1967-1969. Ray furthered his education at Ricker College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Saint Leo University, and Golden Gate University, pursuing numerous degrees in Fire Science.

Ray began his career as a USAF Fire Fighter on February 2, 1970 as a trainee at Loring AFB in Limestone, and retired as Command Fire Chief on November 3, 1998 from Dover AFB in Delaware. In his 28-year career with the Air Force Fire Service, Ray served at Loring AFB in Limestone as a Fire Fighter and then moved on to Assistant Chief – Fire Chief, AMC Command Fire Protection Specialist, and USAFE Command Fire Chief, retiring from Dover AFB Delaware. In 2014, he was inducted in the Department of Defense Military Fire Fighters Heritage Foundation Hall of Fame.

On April 18, 2015, Ray married the love of his live, Margo (Rancourt) Porter, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ray was a member of the Lions Club of Limestone, a member of American Legions’ Argonne Post #138 of Winterport, and New Baden Post #321 of New Baden, IL, and a member of Poquoson Lodge #49, AF & AM of Poquoson, VA. Ray was also an Eagle Scout.

In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by a brother, Lt. Col. Albert Porter. He is survived by his wife, Margo Porter of Winterport; daughters, Alayne Hunt and husband, Terry, Angela Richmond, Jenny Brown and husband, David, Shelly Armstrong, Rae Ann Hanson, and Lori Bishop and husband, Mack; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; brothers, John Porter, Jim Porter; sisters, Patti Porter-Akerson and husband, Sheldon, Donna Porter, Penny Napier, and Susie Porter; and many nieces and nephews. Ray is also survived by his best friend, Dick Doble.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. Relatives and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, immediately following the service, Friday. Interment with military honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport, immediately following the reception. Those wishing to remember Ray in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Loring Air Force Base Military Heritage Center, 101 Noyes Road, Caribou, ME 04736. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com
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  • Service

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Brookings-Smith, Bangor
    Address
    133 Center Street
    BANGOR, ME 04401
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  • Interment

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 |
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019
    Location
    Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport
    Address
    98 Lebanon St
    WINTERPORT, ME 04496
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  • Reception

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 |
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019
    Location
    Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith
    Address
    163 Center Street
    BANGOR, ME 04401
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Joe Chatterton

Posted at 08:52pm
To; Margo, Patti, Donna, Penny & Susie
My most sincere condolences and advice:

MISS ME, BUT LET ME GO



WHEN I COME TO THE END OF THE ROAD


AND THE SUN HAS SET FOR ME.


I WANT NO RITES IN A GLOOM FILLED ROOM,


WHY CRY FOR A SOUL SET FREE?


MISS ME A LITTLE, BUT NOT TO LONG,


AND NOT WITH YOUR HEAD BOWED LOW,


REMEMBER THE LOVE THAT WE ONCE SHARED.


MISS ME, BUT LET ME GO.


FOR THIS IS A JOURNEY WE ALL MUST MAKE


AND EACH MUST DO IT ALONE.


IT'S ALL PART OF THE MASTERS PLAN,


A STEP ON THE ROAD TO HOME,


SO WHEN YOU ARE LONELY AND SAD AT HEART,


GO TO FRIENDS WE KNOW,


BURY YOUR SORROWS IN DOING GOOD DEEDS.


MISS ME, BUT LET ME GO.


-AUTHOR UNKNOWN-
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Duane w morgan

Posted at 02:43pm
To Margo and the Porter family with our deepest sympathies. God Bless you all.
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CMSgt Bob Remel

Posted at 07:44pm
Raymond and i were like brothers for years. We both loved US Air Force Fire Protection.
I have lost a fellow Firefighter who took up for me during my Demons of the Vietnam War.

Joelle Dow

Posted at 04:35pm
Dear Margo, We offer our sincere and heart felt Condolences! May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Ray brought a "ray of sunshine" into so many lives. It is difficult to lose a partner and loved one, but find solace in the fact that his pain and suffering is over and he is in Heaven with God his Saviour. We know how much he loved the Lord. Please extend our thoughts and prayers to his sisters from us and to all whom he loved and loved him. A JOURNEY REMEMBERED: As some people journey through life, they leave footprints of kindness and love, courage and inspiration, joy and faith. Even when they are gone, we can still look back and clearly see the trail they left behind - a trail bright with hope that invites us to follow. Dearest Margo, I will always remember Ray's keen mind, wit, humor and his constant expression of how much he loved you. He said often that you were the "love of his life!" What a beautiful thing! We hold you close in our hearts in your time of sorrow. Joyce & Bill Staley

Joelle Dow

Posted at 04:35pm
Dear Margo, We offer our sincere and heart felt Condolences! May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Ray brought a "ray of sunshine" into so many lives. It is difficult to lose a partner and loved one, but find solace in the fact that his pain and suffering is over and he is in Heaven with God his Saviour. We know how much he loved the Lord. Please extend our thoughts and prayers to his sisters from us and to all whom he loved and loved him. A JOURNEY REMEMBERED: As some people journey through life, they leave footprints of kindness and love, courage and inspiration, joy and faith. Even when they are gone, we can still look back and clearly see the trail they left behind - a trail bright with hope that invites us to follow. Dearest Margo, I will always remember Ray's keen mind, wit, humor and his constant expression of how much he loved you; saying often that you were the "love of his life!" What a beautiful thing! We hold you close in our hearts in your time of sorrow. Joyce & Bill
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