Raymond J. Bissonette, 1941 - 2017

LEWISTON, ME - Raymond J. “Ray” Bissonette (77) of Auburn, ME passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 11 surrounded by his family due to the progressive effects of pulmonary fibrosis.  He was born January 2, 1941 in Auburn, ME, son of Edward & Fernande (Cote) Bissonette.  He graduated from Lewiston High School (1958) and married the love of his life, Marie Anne Beaudette, in September 1959.  

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An army/national guard veteran, Ray continued his education completing financial studies at Fairfield University and Husson College and worked many years in the banking and financial planning industry.  Following his retirement, he enjoyed working part-time for United Wheelchair Services in Lewiston.

Ray found great joy in fishing, hunting, cooking and gardening.  He believed that laughter was the best medicine and always had an endless supply of jokes at the tip of his tongue ready to share with friends and strangers alike. 

Ray is survived by his loving wife, Marie Anne; his daughters, Monique (Bill) Shrader and Anne (Chris) Hathaway; his son, Mike (Lisa) Bissonette; and his seven grandchildren, Ellen and Kevin Shrader, Spencer (Alex) and Carter Hathaway, and Amanda, Eliza and Lily Bissonette.  He is also survived by his brother Richard (Pauline) Bissonette, and his sisters Lucille (Jim) Martin and Sue (Jay) Goodwin along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private, family memorial service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray’s memory to the American Lung Association (www.lung.org).

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