MeaningfulFunerals - 11:09 am Mon Oct 20th, 2014
Bernard "Raymond" Seguin, 98, of Moretown, VT died Friday, October 17, 2014 at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin after a long and full life.
Raymond was born in Montpelier, February 11, 1916, the son of prominent businessman Edward T and Louise Savard Seguin (Crown Point, NY).
His mother died suddenly in 1923 when he was 7 years old. In 1926, his father remarried to Florence Ryle of Montpelier, becoming Ray's stepmother. Raymond was the youngest and only surviving of 5 children: Doris (William) Clarke, Frederick T (Kathleen Theriault), Louise (Stanley Nadolski), and Sister Margaret of the Dominican Life.
Raymond lived in Montpelier until his retirement in 1970, when he moved to Moretown.
He attended St. Michael's High School, where he played basketball and also joined the Montpelier Band playing the clarinet. He then attended North Hampton Business School in Massachussetts for a year, then Penn State University for a year, before transferring to the University of Notre Dame, where he continued his band activities, graduating in 1940.
He then returned to Montpelier, to work in his father's gasoline and heating oil business.
In 1941, he married Verna Helen Conrad from Moretown, daughter of William Conrad and Cora Eaton.
In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) , becoming a B-25 bomber pilot. In 1944, shortly after arriving in Corsica, Italy, Raymond was wounded during a night air raid by the Germans. He served the remainder of the war as a pilot trainer.
Following the war, Ray returned to Montpelier and resumed working with his brother Fred in their dad's business.
In 1960, when the company businesses were sold, Ray began a new fuel oil company, "Seguin Heating Oils", which he ran until his retirement, selling the business at this time.
During his business years, Ray was very active in the community, and as a member of the Kiwanis club, was active in the annual auctions and horse shows.
In 1959, Ray was elected president of the Kiwanis club.
Ray and Verna raised 4 children in Montpelier, Ward (Eileen) Etowah, NC; Stephanie Venema (Tom Allen), Moretown; William (Cathy), Fairfax, VA; Mark (Gwen), Alpharetta, GA. His family includes 7 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews in the States of California, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Vermont, In his retirement years, he has served as fence keeper for the town of Moretown, back up chauffeur, altar server and usher at St. Patrick's Church in Moretown, supporter and contributor to the Waitsfield Seniors Center, and volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
He loved his time maintaining his land including mowing his own 2 acre lawn up until July 3 of this year. He was a very positive person, having purchased his newest "zero radius" riding lawn mower, just two seasons ago. He also adored and enjoyed the company of his two cats, Artie and Blackie, as well as many others before them.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11:00 am on Thursday, Oct. 23rd at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Moretown. Burial will follow the Mass at Irasville Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, Inc., 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 or at www.cvhhh.org
On-line condolences may be sent to www.guareandsons.com
Guare & Sons/Barber & Lanier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Moretown, VT 05660 (Set as Local)