Raymond P.
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Winterport - Raymond P. "Chief" Porter, 71, died October 12, 2019, at his home, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He was born September 20, 1948, in Lincoln, the son of Albert "Tiny" and Ruth (Chatterton) Porter.
Ray graduated from Winterport High School, Class of 1966. Following graduation, he server first with the U.S.A.F Air National Guard before joining the U.S. Navy, serving from 1967-1969. Ray furthered his education at Ricker College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Saint Leo University, and Golden Gate University, pursuing numerous degrees in Fire Science.
Ray began his career as a USAF Fire Fighter on February 2, 1970 as a trainee at Loring AFB in Limestone, and retired as Command Fire Chief on November 3, 1998 from Dover AFB in Delaware. In his 28-year career with the Air Force Fire Service, Ray served at Loring AFB in Limestone as a Fire Fighter and then moved on to Assistant Chief - Fire Chief, AMC Command Fire Protection Specialist, and USAFE Command Fire Chief, retiring from Dover AFB Delaware. In 2014, he was inducted in the Department of Defense Military Fire Fighters Heritage Foundation Hall of Fame.
On April 18, 2015, Ray married the love of his live, Margo (Rancourt) Porter, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ray was a member of the Lions Club of Limestone, a member of American Legions' Argonne Post #138 of Winterport, and New Baden Post #321 of New Baden, IL, and a member of Poquoson Lodge #49, AF & AM of Poquoson, VA. Ray was also an Eagle Scout.
In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by a brother, Lt. Col. Albert Porter. He is survived by his wife, Margo Porter of Winterport; daughters, Alayne Hunt and husband, Terry, Angela Richmond, Jenny Brown and husband, David, Shelly Armstrong, Rae Ann Hanson, and Lori Bishop and husband, Mack; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; brothers, John Porter, Jim Porter; sisters, Patti Porter-Akerson and husband, Sheldon, Donna Porter, Penny Napier, and Susie Porter; and many nieces and nephews. Ray is also survived by his best friend, Dick Doble.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. Relatives and friends are invited to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, immediately following the service, Friday. Interment with military honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport, immediately following the reception. Those wishing to remember Ray in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Loring Air Force Base Military Heritage Center, 101 Noyes Road, Caribou, ME 04736. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Published on October 15, 2019


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Karen Barron
Oct 20, 2019
life will never be the same .I will miss you Ray. thank you for bringing Margo into our family Until we meet again!
Michael & Paulette Pardue
Oct 17, 2019
Our deepest condolences...
George Starks
Oct 17, 2019
Heartfelt condolences to all. Margo, Donna, Patti, Susie, etc. Though it's been a lifetime since Ray and I shared each other's company, I'll always remember him as a major, major part of my Winterport memories. What an amazing person he's was! And I will always miss him dearly. Regrettably we've fallen out of touch over the years. Gratefully, though, the memories sustain me. Ray will always be part of who I am. Always part of my life. And, yes, we will meet again and that gives me great strength. With much love to all, George and Jane Starks -
(Incidentally, my mother, who always loved Ray, would advise me to keep him close; that he would alway add value to my life. And she was always right
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Donald Striejewske
Oct 17, 2019
Chief Porter, was a great friend, mentor and firefighter. My prayers are with you and your family. God be with you, Rest In Peace Chief, we will all miss you.
Donald Striejewske
Oct 16, 2019
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Mel Barnes
Oct 16, 2019
I always enjoyed working with the Chief. He always laughed at most of my jokes. RIP brother until we meet once more in that fire station in the sky.
James Cain
Oct 16, 2019
He was surely dedicated to his profession as a FIRE FIGHTER you could not ask for a better person to work for. Many Prayers to the family, GOD is with you all
Bobby C.
Oct 16, 2019
My sincere condolences Margo --
Kat Brettle
Oct 16, 2019
Sincere condolences to the family. Having gone to High School with Ray (way back when), he was one of the very few that maintained contact throughout the years.
Grief never ends but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith.... It is the price of LOVE. (Unattributed)
RIP Ray. You will be missed by so very many lives you have touched.
Peace be with the family.
K. (Brown) Brettle.
Allison Jack
Oct 16, 2019
Margo, please know I am thinking about you and love you!
Norm & Liz McPherson
Oct 15, 2019
Our most sincere condolences to Margo and the entire Porter family. Ray has held a very special place in our hearts ever since he first came to Loring A.F.B. Heaven has gained a very special angel. Rest well my friend, those youngsters are doing great and will take it from here. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!