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John Francis Raymond, 92 of Sanborn, NY, passed away on December 2, 2017 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late John F. and Estelle (Sowa) Raymond, Sr.
John was a lifelong resident of the Niagara Falls area and attended local schools. He served in the United States Army during World War II with the 310th Infantry involved in the campaigns of, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He would later become a prisoner of war until escaping to England where he was liberated and honorably discharged in 1945. John was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Service Star and World War II Victory Medal.
John began his career as a pipefitter at the International Paper Company in Niagara Falls, and went on to work at Harrison Radiator Company in Lockport, NY until his retirement in the mid 1990s. John was a longtime member and usher at St. Leos Church, and in his leisure time enjoyed numerous hobbies.
Mr. Raymond was predeceased by his wife, Anita (Conti) Raymond on September 7, 1977. He is survived by his three children, Carlene (Michael) Nassoiy, Geraldine (James) Mann, and John (Susan) Raymond, III, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Clara Graca and Irene Fura.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road Niagara Falls, NY where funeral services will begin on Thursday December 7th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent DePaul Parish at St. Leos Church, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings to St. Vincent DePaul Parish. Visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online register.
Published on December 3, 2017
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