Obituary for Raymond Langevin
Raymond S. Langevin, 70, of Blackstone passed peacefully in the comfort of his home, as was his wish, on April 24,2017, after a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Lucille “Lucy” (Martel) Langevin for 52 wonderful years. Their love affair began at Woonsocket High School from which they both graduated, he in 1964.
A consummate auto body professional, Ray owned and operated Ray’s Auto Body in Milford for many years and endeared himself to customers and business associates by his meticulous work, caring attitude, honesty, and fairness to all. He later suffered the consequence of COPD, common for those exposed to the dangers and toxins of the automotive industry.
Family man extraordinaire, Ray was a devoted husband and father, revered grandfather, loyal brother, and good friend to many. Thoughtfulness, generosity, and humility were his hallmarks, and captivating story telling his forte; he took particular delight in sharing a good one with his adoring grandchildren.
In addition to his beloved Lucy, Ray is survived by their sons, Raymond P. (wife, Rita) of Georgia and Alan A. (wife, Mandi) of Templeton, MA, and daughters, Laurie Sarah (husband, Paul) of Mendon and Aimee Bullen of Blackstone, and their children, Maxwell and Abigail Langevin, Daniel and Merideth Sarah, and Theodore, Thomas, and Emily Bullen. Also surviving is his dear sister, Irene A. Goulet (husband, Andy) of Glocester to whom he was especially devoted and with whom he recently shared his ‘Disney dream’, having enthusiastically helped her plan a trip there for which, ironically, she departed just hours prior to his unexpected passing!
Ray was predeceased by his parents, Adrien Langevin and Cecile Brunette, and his brother, Paul Langevin.
Next to family, gardening was his passion, spending much quality time with and taking immeasurable pride in both. Tending to his awesome vegetable and flower gardens brought him much joy, contentment, and peace. Among his prized crops were tremendous tomatoes, remarkable roses, and dazzling dinner plate dahlias. Ray and Lucy took great pride in their annual Christmas village display, admired by family, friends, and neighbors. In addition, Ray and Lucy thoroughly enjoyed being together whether on the dance floor (he could really cut a rug!), dining out, family gatherings (of which there were many), or vacationing, especially at Disney World. He also delighted in teaching his grandchildren to fish and accompanying them whenever possible.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Berarducci Funeral Home/Cremation Care Center, 185 Spring Street, Woonsocket to which relatives and friends are invited for visitation on TUESDAY, May 2nd, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. with cortege to All Saints’ Church, Rathbun Street where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Inturement in the Martel family lot at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Blackstone will be private.
Ray’s memory may be honored by donations to the Because He Lives Ministry, 323 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895.