Douglas – Raymond J. Decoteau Jr.,67, of Main St., formerly of Wixtead Ct. died suddenly Thurs. May 3, 2018 after being stricken ill at home.
He is survived by his 3 children, Joseph T. Decoteau of Old Town, ME; Deanna L. Decoteau of Northbridge and Joeyanna Colton of Rutland, MA; a grandson Ben; 2 sisters Helen Kesner and her husband Marvin of Webster, and Anne M. Engelhard and her husband Stephen of Oxford; nieces Melissa and Julie; and many good friends. Born in Webster, MA on Jan. 29, 1951, he was the son of Raymond J. Sr. and Marcella L. (Zedrzynski) Decoteau and lived in Douglas all his life.
Raymond worked as a Plant Operator for the Town of Douglas Water Dept. for 17 years, retiring in 2014. Previously he worked for Berardi Auto Body in Milford many years. He was a graduate of LaSalette Seminary in Cheshire, CT, Worcester Junior College and Blackstone Valley Tech where he learned collision repair at night school. He loved politics, the NRA and the Republican Party. He was charismatic, friendly, and quiet, and deep down a very spiritual man. A lifelong member of St. Denis Church, he served there as a Lector. Ray was also a Pilot, owning and flying a Cessna. He was a skilled auto body man, was talented with VW's and once built his own dune-buggy. He enjoyed trout fishing, hiking, camping, and will be remembed as a fun loving guy, with a great sense of humor and many lifelong friends.
His funeral will be held on Mon. May 14, 2018 from Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas with a Mass at 11 AM in St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug St. Cremation burial in St. Denis Cemetery with his parents will follow. Calling hours at the funeral home are Mon. May 14 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts, Troop 134, Box 898 Douglas, MA 01516. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit http://www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com
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