Raymond Laurence McConnell

BELFAST - Raymond Laurence McConnell, 93, passed away March 25, 2013, at Tall Pines Health Care Community, Belfast. He was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Merrimac, Mass., son of the late Merrett and Daisy (Hoyt) McConnell.

Raymond was educated in Merrimac schools and worked at Westinghouse in Springfield, Mass., before enlisting in the U.S. Army. While in the Army he served in France and Germany and in World War II. He attended Northwestern University School of Engineering. Raymond worked as an electrical engineer at Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory first in Cambridge, Mass., and then at Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass. In 1963 he met and married Elizabeth Stoneham. They lived in Lexington, Mass., until retiring first to Exeter, N.H., and then to Durham, N.H., for several years. Finally the coast of Maine called and they spent the rest of his retirement in Belfast at Penobscot Shores. Raymond loved visiting and discovering his roots in New Brunswick, Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth of Belfast; and three nephews, Mark Stoneham of Galveston, Texas, David Stoneham of Amherst, Mass., and Peter Stoneham of Shutesbury, Mass. Raymond was predeceased by his brother, Elbert McConnell. "A sweet man, a true gentleman and a sense of humor were all attributed to Ray."

There will be no services. A private burial will be held in Massachusetts. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.

Published in BDN Maine on Apr. 2, 2013