PEMBROKE – Raymond Herbert Curtis, 85, died March 30, 2014, at a Machias hospital. He was born June 13, 1928, in Edmunds, the son of the late Lyman Lee and Irene (Smith) Curtis. He grew up on the family dairy farm with his five brothers and two sisters. Raymond attended Dennysville schools, and graduated from Pembroke High School in 1945. He married Eleanor Pine of Lubec on Oct. 5, 1951.
He was a member of the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church. He was Past Noble Grand of Eastern Lodge #152 I.O.O.F. of Lubec. Raymond was employed at American Can Co. of Lubec, American Cyanamid Co. of Wallingford, Conn., Pratt and Whitney Aircraft of North Haven, Conn. and U.S. Naval Radio Station of Cutler. While working in Cutler in 1962, he suffered a disabling injury which prevented him from further employment.
When his health improved, he was able to enjoy short trips in his RV. He and his wife, Eleanor, spent several winters at the Maranatha Christian Conference Center in Lake Placid, Fla., where they made several lifelong friends. He also enjoyed watching the TV show “Everybody Loves Raymond” because everybody did.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, Ronald, in 1957; four brothers, Richard, Donald, Keith and Alton; and a sister, Alma. He is survived by his wife of 62 and a half years, Eleanor (Pine) Curtis; two sons, Robert and wife, Laurie of Whiting and Kenneth of Dennysville; a daughter, Diane York and her fiancé, David McCallum of Skowhegan; six grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Rebecca of Pembroke, Gwendolyn Walker and companion, Bart Stratton of Dedham, Stacie Curtis and fiancé, Bruce Hatton of Pembroke, Carrie Beyeler and husband, John of Bangor, Ryan York and Russell York, both of Skowhegan. He is also survived by eight loving great-grandchildren, Jacob, Isaac, Naomi, Sarah, Courtney Curtis and her fiancé, Kris Sullivan of Eastport, Branden, Ethan and Paige. He is also survived by a brother, Myron of Edmunds; a sister, Barbara Gaylord of Edmunds; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.
Raymond will always be remembered as a gentle man, a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, with an affectionate smile, who we know is smiling down on us from heaven.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Suite, D.E.C.H., 11 Hospital Drive, Machias, ME 04654
A graveside service will be announced at a later date. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.