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.
In 2006 both he and his wife were named the inaugural recipients of the Sacred Heart Volunteer Service Award. Now named in their honor, “The Janie and Raymond Newman Service Award” recognizes individuals who go above and beyond with their generous services to Sacred Heart’s Parish.
Raymond enjoyed the many summers both he and the family spent vacationing on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Mr. Newman is survived by his children, retired Haverhill Police Officer Lawrence R. Newman and Jean Kuo, A. Maureen and Dr. Walter J. Psoter, Paula M. and Michael S. Paradis; grandchildren, Jodi Psoter and her husband Robert Grote, Karla and Jeremy Soja, Kevin Psoter and his wife Jean MacDougall, Kyle Paradis and fiancée Jennifer Spinelli, Lucas and Aaron Paradis, Daniel and Beverly Wang; great grandchildren, Nikolaus, Marina and Kristofer Soja, and Heidi Psoter.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends may call on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 4 to 7 PM at BERUBE-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill, MA. His funeral will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 PM in Sacred Heart’s Church, South Main St., Bradford. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the health care staff support at Alliance Home Health Care, Merrivasta/Bethany Homes and the Bradford Unit of Hanna Dustin Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. The dedication and compassion shown to Ray will be forever remembered.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Hearts School Endowment Fund, 48 Chestnut St., Bradford, MA 01835. For directions to our home or to leave a message of condolence please visit our website at www.berubecomeau.com.