Raymond “Ray” J. Plante Jr., 68, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014.
He was born March 15, 1946, in Bellows Falls, Vt., to Geneva (nee Jacobs) and Raymond J. Plante Sr.
Raymond graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1964 and went on to General Motors mechanic training school in Dedham, Mass. Before becoming a master craftsman of jewelry, some of Ray’s life experiences included co-owning and operating a gas/service station with his father, teaching auto mechanics and caring for struggling teens in a residential setting, co-owning and operating a pizzeria and serving on the police force of Rutland, Vt., as both an officer and their animal control officer.
Ray owned and operated jewelry stores in Rutland and Manchester, Vt., and Sanibel and Boca Grande Islands in Florida before moving and settling in the Englewood community where he owned and operated Dearborn Street Jewelry and Repair. Ray will lovingly be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor, as well as his ability to engage others with his stories.
He is survived by a son, Timothy Plante and his family of Rutland; daughter, Pamela (Richard) Reed; granddaughter, Shania; sister, Diane (Clark) Bumford of Bellows Falls; nieces and nephews; friends near and far; and close friends, Angela and Carl Snyder of Englewood.
A gathering to celebrate Ray’s life will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Lemon Bay Funeral home in Englewood. Please visit www.kays-ponger.com to leave the family your thoughts, memories and condolences on the online guestbook.