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DOVER-FOXCROFT - William T. Rayfield II, 69, husband of Lynette (Warren) Rayfield, passed away November 21, 2015, at his home. He was born March 4, 1946, in Dorchester, MA, the son of Ward A. and Thelma (Williams) Rayfield.

Originally from Weymouth, MA, Bill met his wife, Lynette, while stationed at Charleston Air Force Station, and they married on November 4, 1967. Bill was a selfless, honorable man who served his country with great pride and distinction throughout his life. He was a true patriot. His 20 year career in the U.S. Air Force included service at Area 51, a top secret military test site in Nevada, and other radar installations throughout the United States and Europe. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he took the experience he gained during active duty to the civilian world. While working for GE Aerospace, he was instrumental in launching and operating the OTH-B radar system, a sophisticated system designed to protect the East Coast of the United States during the 1990's. He spent the last 18 years of his career working for Harris Corporation as the station manager of satellite tracking stations at both Vandeburg Air Force Base, CA, and New Boston Air Force Base, NH.

His legacy is his family who gave him his greatest joy, as well as his and Lynn's slice of heaven, their camp on Sebec Lake. They bought it in 1976 without ever seeing it but they both knew without question that it was where they wanted to spend their quality time together. They did exactly that, sharing countless memories over the years. Being that he was a native of Massachusetts, the Boston sports teams were always part of his life. He especially loved the Red Sox and Patriots and followed both teams through the good times and the bad times. He rarely missed a game and always had plenty of advice on what each team needed to do to improve. His family and friends will cherish the memories of savoring the championships, watching games together, and discussing whatever topic made the headlines.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Lynette. Lynn was the love of his life and together they raised a wonderful family and shared the experiences life offers us all. They recently experienced the joy of moving from New Hampshire to where it all began, the Dover-Foxcroft area. He is also survived by a son, William T. III and his wife, Audra, of Dover-Foxcroft, a daughter, Leigh-Ayer Billing and her husband, James, of North Berwick; a sister, Thelma Eacobacci and her husband, Frank, of Rockland, ­­­­MA; a sister-in-law, Lindy Warren of Dover-Foxcroft; five grandchildren, Ava, Wyatt, and Adalynn Rayfield, and Michael and Andrew Billing; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with Rev. Chad Poland officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in the Dover Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard, PO Box 141, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 23, 2015
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