LUBEC – Raymond J. Rier, 81, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 1, 2011, at his home. Raymond was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Lubec, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Keegan) Rier. He attended schools in Lubec. On Sept. 27, 1954, he married Patricia Johnson of Eastport. Pat and Raymond celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their six children and families in 2004. For many years he worked as co-owner of Rier Brothers, Inc. and later for Stolt SeaFarms, Lubec, before he retired after 65 years. After retirement Raymond enjoyed airplane shows and working in his garage. His passion, in addition to his family, was “tinkering” with whatever project came along and mowing. Raymond was loved, and respected everyone with kindness. He will be fondly missed by family and friends. Raymond is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia (Johnson) Rier; sons, Raymond Rier of Portland, Charles and Terry Rier of Lubec, Peter Rier of East Machias and Danny and Cindy Rier of East Machias; daughters, Jane and Michael Hand of Bangor and Sally Rier of East Machias; 11 grandchildren, Joshua, Ryan, Marco, Acacia, Sarah, Matthew, Colton, Alexandra, Ashley, Morgan and Forrest; sisters, Evelyn and Carolee; many nieces, nephews and cousins who he dearly loved. Raymond was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Elizabeth; and brothers, Gene, Paul, Francis “Babe” and Julian “Barney”; and sisters, Marion and Patricia. His special friends were Austin Dinsmore and Steven Wallace, and all the crew at Stolt SeaFarm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lubec, with the Rev. Eugene Gaffey. Viewing will be 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. A reception will be held at the parish hall after the Mass. Interment will be in the spring. Funeral arrangements by McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec.
RAYMOND J. RIER
Posted Jan. 03, 2011, at 7:36 p.m.