Mr. Raymond F. Porter, 90, of Lakeshore, Fla., formerly of Reading and Yarmouthport, Mass., passed away on Dec. 14, 2013, at the Heart of Florida Hospital.
Born in Revere, Mass. on June 30, 1923, Ray was raised in Medford, Mass. A 1942 graduate of Medford High School, Ray served in the Army infantry during World War II and was part of the D-Day invasion landing on Utah Beach. He was wounded on July 16, 1944, in France and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Ray married the former Norma Cashman on Nov. 27, 1949, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Medford, Mass. Ray and Norma raised their family in Reading, Mass., where Ray spent many years as a parcel post letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass. He and Norma also had a thriving landscaping business that they ran together.
Ray and Norma retired to Yarmouthport, Mass., on Cape Cod in 1976. They wintered in Florida together for nearly 30 years, relocating to central Florida in 2004.
Ray lost his beloved Norma in 2009.
He is survived by his three children, Linda Porter Kiley (Thomas) of Medfield, Mass., Raymond F. Porter, Jr. (Danielle Dion) of Magog, Quebec, Canada, and Janet Porter Walker (Blake) of Burke, Va.; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.
Family will receive visitors at 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the Johnson Funeral Home, with Deacon Sam Knight officiating.
Military Honors will be rendered by American Legion Post #8, Winter Haven.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Forest Glen Cemetery in Reading, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarrior project.org, or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Wales, is in charge of arrangements.