William R. Raymond, QMC U.S. Navy, retired, passed away Sept. 22, 2013, in Lake Placid, Fla.
Born August 10, 1923, he was the youngest son of Charles and Ann Raymond of Hampton, N.H. He joined the U.S. Navy at 17 in 1940 and retired as Quartermaster Chief in 1960. In 1943 he was assigned to the USS Biloxi, a light cruiser, and in 1944 became the youngest Quartermaster Chief in the Navy. Chief Raymond served as Chief QM of COMDESDIV 12 during the Korean War and completed his Navy career as the Master of the USS Waubansee at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H.
Chief Raymond achieved a lifelong dream when he earned his private pilot’s license in 1956. He was employed by Lafolla Industries of Portsmouth, N.H., in 1960 and retired in 1977. He was active in community affairs and served as chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Portsmouth and Kittery Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the Piscataqua Post of the Society of American Military Engineers and a member of the Board of Directors of the Portsmouth Yacht Club. He was a past director of the Portsmouth Rotary Club and a member of the Rockingham County Kennel Club. After 22 years on the beach, Chief Raymond returned to the sea with his sailboat, Pinpoint. He and wife Adelle sailed the East Coast, Caribbean and to Brazil in South America. They came ashore at Ft. Myers and moved to Lake Placid in 2002.
Chief Raymond was preceded in death by brothers Richard and Joseph; and sisters Edith and Pauline; and his first wife, Adelle, in 2002 after 57 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife of 7 1⁄2 years, Jeanine. Together they enjoyed many of the Chief’s WWII shipmate reunions ad were guests of honor at the memorial plaque unveiling of the USS Biloxi at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas in May 2012.
A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Chief Raymond’s life was Monday, Sept.30, at St. James Catholic Church, Lake Placid, with Father Michael Cannon officiating. Military honors were provided by the VFW Post 4300 Honor Guard. Inurnment will be at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Cremation arrangements were entrusted with Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid.