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CAMBRIDGE - Raymond Listen Bailey, 80, died Friday, March 27, 2015 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was born May 10, 1934 in Cambridge, a son of Clair and Louise (Ham) Bailey.

Raymond began his first job at the age of 15 driving a milk truck. This was just the beginning of a life long trucking career. His career included owning his on logging business, tractor-trailer truck driver for Eastland Woolen Mill in Corinna, as well as driving for many other companies throughout his lifetime. Raymond was always working: haying, cutting wood, bulldozing, grooming snowmobile trails, or plowing driveways.

Raymond was a member of the Cambridge Baptist Church, the Cambridge Lodge #157 Masons, Maine Antique Tractor Club, Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Cambridge Super Trails Snowmobile Club, Wassookeag Snowmobile Club, Harmony Labor Day Free Fair Committee, Cambridge Cruisers ATV Club, and Dusters Antique Car Club.

He loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and camper. One of his greatest loves was spending time at his hunting camp with his family and hunting buddies. He had several restored Farmall tractors and was well known for his traveling chain saw collection.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Florence; his four children and their spouses, James and Lisa of Wilton, Sharon and Steven Foster of Dexter, Elaine and Kenneth Gilmore of South Portland, and Lawrence and Kelly of Newmarket, NH; 2 brothers Donald and wife Anna Bailey and Robert and wife Paula Bailey, all of Cambridge; a sister Barbara Lengefield of Crowley, LA; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; an aunt, Winifred Bane of Burnham; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his twin daughters, Linda and Laura; and a sister, Joan.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, April 1st at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport. A memorial service will be held 2 P.M. Thursday, April 2nd at New Hope Baptist Church, Dexter, with his grandson, the Rev. Paul Gant officiating. Spring burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Cambridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation online, http://alzfdn.org/ or by mail, Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com
Published on  March 30, 2015
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