A lifetime resident of the area, Raymond Paul Richmire passed away suddenly at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Friday, August 3, 2012. He was 63.
Raymond was born in Williamsburg on July 19, 1949, one of 12 children born to George and Arabella Richmire (nee Casselman).
Raymond always had a strong work ethic. He started working at the Red and White grocery store in Williamsburg when he was just 11 years old. Following high school, he went to work as a butcher alongside his brother-in-law Earl Cross. During his lifetime he worked as a butcher at several grocery stores including Loblaws, Neil’s Butcher Block, Mike Dean’s, Henderson’s Slaughter House and finally at Foodland in Iroquois.
Raymond’s love for his family was particularly obvious when he got together with his sons and their families, Adam and Ashley, Brett and Hannah, Todd and Elizabeth and his two year old granddaughter Annabelle.
Raymond was a kindhearted man who possessed a special sense of humour. He lived by the unwritten rule of live, love and laugh.
Raymond was an avid fisherman and hunter and, although he never learned to swim, he still enjoyed boating and water fun with his friends and family.
Raymond started hunting at a young age and continued to do so through to the fall of 2011. He respected wildlife in its natural habitat. Raymond would hunt and fish to put food on the table, and he always enjoyed sharing a great meal of venison, wild fowl or fresh fish with family and friends while sharing stories and memories with the people he loved.
For the last year of his life he spent seven months living with his brother Clarke and sister-in-law Barb at their home on Little Silver Lake. At the lake he was surrounded by the wildlife that he loved dearly throughout his life.
It was there that he was able to gain strength, through the care, love and positive atmosphere surrounding him, making it possible to care for himself once again.
For the last four months of his life, he lived in Riverside Heights enjoying visits from his friends and family while making regular trips to the Ottawa Cancer Centre for Chemotherapy treatment.
Raymond had a smile that could brighten any room, and a laugh that will live in the memories of all lucky enough to have been part of his life.
Raymond is survived by his sons Adam (Ashley Jones) and Todd (Elizabeth Wilson), both of Constance Bay, and by his siblings Audrey Cross of Chesterville, George of Williamsburg, Evelyn Richmire of Barrie, Maynard (Bonnie) of Williamsburg, Clarke (Barbara) of Perth, Beverley Richmire of Williamsburg and Penney (Clifford) Towsley of Prescott. Raymond will be fondly remembered by his granddaughter Annabelle and his step-grandchildren Brett and Hannah. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents George and Arabella Richmire (nee Casselman) and his sisters Winnifred Mulrooney, Louise Small, Ethel Marriner and Gloria McNalty.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday, August 6th at 1 p.m., with Rev. Jo Barkley-Probst officiating. Eulogy was delivered by Mike Eastman.
Pallbearers were Adam Richmire, Todd Richmire, Penney Towsley, Shawn Preston, Zach Preston and Perry Brennan. Cremation followed.
Interment of cremated remains was at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg on Saturday, August 11th at 2 p.m.
Donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Center would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.