E. RAYMOND SAWYER

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

NEWPORT – E. Raymond Sawyer, 94, died Feb. 2, 2008, at a Dexter health care facility, after a long illness. He was born July 1, 1913, in Newport, the son of William L. and Myrtle (Stevens) Sawyer. He was a graduate of Newport High School, Class of 1931. He also graduated from Wentworth Institute with a degree in electrical engineering. Ray married M. Arlene Smith, May 28, 1937, at High Street Congregational Church, Newport. Ray owned and operated Ray’s Electrical Service, Newport for more than 70 years as a licensed master electrician. Ray was a long time active member of High Street Congregational Church, Newport, serving as a deacon and as a long time member of the board of trustees. He was a 50-year member and past master of Meridian Splendor Masonic Lodge, Newport; a member of Stevens Royal Arch Chapter, Newport; a 32nd Degree Mason; and a member of Anah Shrine, Bangor. For many years, he was a member on the Newport School Board. Ray was “an honest community and family man, who everyone liked.” He is survived by his wife of more than 70 years, M. Arlene Sawyer of Dexter; one son and his wife, Russell A. and Jane Sawyer of Newport; one daughter and her husband, Kathy J. and Frank Pray of Newport; two brothers, Homer Sawyer and his wife, Shirley, of Lakeville, Mass., and Carl Sawyer of Clarksville, Ga.; four granddaughters, Shelby Emery and her husband, Scott, of Newport, Eileen Bemis of New-port, Janelle Leeman and her husband, Vern, of Bangor and Renee Fournier and her husband, Richard, of Bangor; five great-grandchildren, Josh Emery, Trevor Bemis, Jillian Grover, Jayci Fournier and Nicholas Fournier; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Jenni Bemis. Friends may call 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport. Public Masonic ser-vices will be conducted 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by the officers and members of Meridian Splendor Masonic Lodge, Newport. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, Newport, with Pastor Al Worden officiating. Friends who wish may make memorial donations in Ray’s name to Newport Community Food Bank, 26 High St., Newport, ME 04953. To sign an online guest book and leave written tributes, please visit: www.philipbrownfuneralhome.com.

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