Birth Date: Aug. 25, 1923
Death Date: Jun. 18, 2012
Raymond H. Dechene, 88, of Biddeford died Monday, June 18, 2012 at St. Andre’s Health Care Facility after a brief illness. He was born in Biddeford on August 25, 1923 a son of Henri and Laura Couture Dechene. He was educated in Biddeford schools and graduated from Biddeford High School.
Mr. Dechene served with the US Coast Guard (Merchant Marines) during WWII as a Refrigeration Engineer. He later served in the US Army.
On February 4, 1950 he married Rita D. Tourigny in St. Joseph’s Church in Biddeford.
Mr. Dechene worked 4 years with the Saco-Lowell Shop in the Spindle Department. He then worked 30 years with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as Power Plant Foreman retiring in 1983. In retirement he worked in utility and ground maintenance at the Kimball Health Center in Saco and delivered Meals On Wheels. He was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion, NARFE & AARP.
Ray’s joys were simple; a day puttering in the yard or around his home, which he built for his family, was a perfect 10 on his scale. An exceptional morning consisted of going to breakfast with the boys or his daughter and then returning home to his wife and home. He enjoyed tending to his landscaping, flower and vegetable gardens. His knowledge of all aspects of home maintenance was expansive and everyone looked to him for advice and assistance. Ray was a kind and gentle soul, always putting the needs of his family and others first because, to quote his last words, he himself was always “all set”. He loved to relax with his newspaper and coffee, watch local sports and was an avid Red Sox fan. He will be hugely missed by everyone.
He was predeceased by a brother, Marcel Dechene (1981) and three sisters, Juliette Pyer (2004), Irene Beaulieu (2009) and Lillian Lavigne (2009).
his wife of 62 years of Biddeford
his daughter: Joyce Courtois & her husband Gerard of Biddeford
a sister: Lucille Gagnon & her husband Robert of Biddeford
Several nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to St. Andre’s Health Care, especially Sherry, Sarah, Andrea and all the CNA’s for their kind and compassionate care.
Visiting hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Hope Memorial Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at St. Joseph Church of the Good Shepherd Parish in Biddeford. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. Memorial donations in Raymond’s name may be made to Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 US Rte. 1, Scarborough, ME 04074. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.
Prayers are with you in this time of need. Uncle Ray was always "all set" to everyone. I remember all the good times we had at the lake and the times he and your Mother came to visit my Mother on Pool Road. My condolences to you both, Pauline.
Joyce, You, Jerry, and your mom are in my prayers at this very difficult time. May God give you strength.
Pat & Adrien Cote
Our deepest condolences to you Rita and Joyce & Gerard...you had a good husband & dad & he will be missed by us all...I will always remember our times at the lake with the whole family.
The York Valley Chapter #1831 of NARFE send our condolences to the family. He was a longtime member. Herb Marsh, President, Ray Berthiaume, VP, Dot Hillock Sec/Treas
Ray, May you rest in the green grass,I'll miss you.May the angels be around Rita and Joyce to bring comfort to you both.
It was a pleasure to have known you all these years. I will remember your smile and your great sense of humor. God bless you as you take your place with the angels. Gloria
Ray, it was a pleasure knowing you and working with you at the Kimball Health Center, RIP my friend.
Kim and Lynn Booth
Joyce and Jerry,
Our love and prayers are with you and your mother.
Dad D, You will always be a 10 in my book! Rest in peace in the spot where the gardens are always colorful and the grass is always the perfect length. Joyce, Jerry and Mom D my love is with you always. Al
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