Haverhill, MA — Raymond Oscar Newman, who served his country with pride and courage during World War II - and a longtime resident of Bradford MA passed away on Wednesday morning February 20, 2013 at the Hannah Dustin Healthcare Center with his children by his side. He was 90.
Ray was the husband of the late Janie V. (Toole) Newman who died in 2008, and to whom he was married for 59 years. He was born on May 21,1922 at Wilson’s Beach, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, to the late Lionel and Edna (Rice) Newman. He moved to Amesbury in his early childhood and resided there till the age of seven when his mother died. He returned to Campobello Island, to live with his grandparents Ella and Simon Newman. He was predeceased by his sister Irene Dauphinais
He returned to Amesbury in his early 20’s to work in the mills. He became a U.S. Citizen and joined the US Army in 1944. He was assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 593 Engineers Boat and Shore Regiment. He served with distinction in the South Pacific Islands, including the Southern Philippines, Borneo and New Guinea, as part of the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, The American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Upon his Honorable Discharge from the service in 1946, he undertook apprentice training in upholstery work in Trenton, New Jersey. By the early 1950’s he returned to the Merrimack Valley.
For the next 32 years he worked as a long-time upholsterer for the Brentwood Lounge Furniture Company. Additionally, he co-founded the American Upholstery Company of Bradford.
Ray was very devoted to the numerous service and youth organizations associated with Sacred Heart Parish. For many years he served as the “unofficial” master chef for the Lone Tree Council of Boy Scouts, Troop 24 of Bradford. He was widely recognized for his culinary skills during the numerous overnight jamborees around the Merrimack Valley. He was also a member of the Sacred Heart’s Holy Name Society.