Raymond A. Comeau, obituary

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 5:45pm

ROCKLAND — Raymond Arthur Comeau, 84, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport following multiple medical complications.

Born May 25, 1938 in Chelsea Massachusetts to Joseph Arthur and Marie Regina (LeBlanc) Comeau, he was educated in local schools. After graduating from high school in 1956 he attended a trade school in Boston to become a draftsman. He then went on to the Lincoln Technical Institute for 2 years, also in Boston, for mechanical engineering.

Following his 4 years of trade school he enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard serving in the Army Corps of Engineers. Then from 1956 to1964 while still in school, and serving in the National Guard he worked at Tracerlab Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts, then 5 years at ACE Electronics and ITEX Inc. From 1971 to 1978 he worked at Teledyne TAC in Woburn, Massachusetts and was enrolled in the National Association of Engine and Boat Manufacturers (NAEBM) Westlawn Institute of Technology’s school of yacht design.

From 1978 to1984 Ray was a self-employed restauranteur of a restaurant in Church Point Nova Scotia that could seat 250 people. Then from 1984 to1985 he worked for Gonzer Associates as a contractor for the MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a designer. In 1985 Ray contracted with Raytheon Technologies through Lehigh Design as a designer and was hired as an employee in 1986. Ray retired from Raytheon in 2003 as design engineer.

In 1967, Raymond married Marie Yvonne Blinn and they had three children, Robert, Jacqueline, and Catherine.

Raymond and Marie retired in Rockland, Maine in 2004 to enjoy sailing, a hobby he picked up in 1976. He also started his other hobby of volunteering, something he learned from his mother. Ray volunteered his time for many causes and organizations, such as the St. Bernard’s soup kitchen, as a greeter and usher at St. Bernard’s church, he was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and he volunteered at special Olympics events. Ray was also a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club and as a Kiwanian he volunteered for many events including the Kiwanis bike rodeos, and tutoring students toward their GED. He also enjoyed being a greeter at the Rockland breakwater lighthouse and assisting the local high school robotic team.

Another passion of Ray’s was music. He was a self-taught guitarist who played in bands for extra money and picked up several instruments throughout the years which included the banjo, clarinet, oboe, ukulele, mandolin and piano. He also enjoyed trying to polish his guitar skills at the Midcoast Music Academy.

Predeceased by his parents and his brother, Norman; Ray is survived by his wife, Marie of Rockland; his son, Robert Comeau and his wife Sandra; his daughters, Jacqueline and Catherine Comeau; his grandchildren, Rebecca, Alex, and John Comeau, and Jessie Cline.

Raymond was a great father, grandfather, mentor and friend. His wishes to memorialize his existence would be to donate your time to help your neighbor and pay it forward.

Visiting Hours will be held Tuesday, June 28, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 10 a.m., at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland with the Rev. Nathan March officiating.

For those unable to attend in person, Ray’s service will be webcasted. To participate please go to bchfh.com, scroll down to “Our Current Services,” click on Raymond’s obituary, click on “Photos & Videos,” scroll down and click on “Watch Webcast.”

To share a memory or condolence with Ray’s family, please visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.