Raymond Joseph Champagne, 87
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WESTBROOK -- Raymond Joseph Champagne, 87, of Westbrook, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at his home.
A lifelong resident of Westbrook, he was born there on July 25, 1924, the son of the late Francois and Rose Anna (Audet) Champagne. Raymond was educated at St. Hyacinth School in Westbrook.
After his marriage, he helped his father-in-law work on the Parson's Dairy Farm in Gorham. Following his schooling, he became employed at S.D. Warren Paper Company in Westbrook until being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943.
After three years of service to his country, he was honorably discharged in 1946 with rank of Corporal. He returned to work at S.D. Warren where he worked on the #22 Coater as a Machine Operator for 40 plus years retiring in 1986.
Raymond was an active member of the former North Street Methodist Church, where he assisted with bean suppers and made pies. Raymond was quite involved in the VFW and the Westbrook American Legion Post and the Stephen Manchester American Legion Post.
He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, cooking and talking war stories about his days driving tanks. Raymond also operated a letter press print out of his home for many years. He also was a part time Police Officer in the city of Westbrook for a number of years during the 1950's.
He shared 62 years of marriage with Barbara (Parsons) Champagne of Westbrook. In addition to his wife, family members include a son, Michael Champagne and his wife Jean of Gorham, a daughter, Peggy Douglass and her husband John of Gorham; six grandchildren, Lisa Woodsum, Alison Morrell and Jeffrey Douglass, all of Gorham, Dana Champagne of Monmouth, Scott Douglass of Gray and Kimberly Douglass of Los Angeles; and five great-grandchildren, Evan Morrell Wyatt Woodsum, Elizabeth Douglass and Emmaline Douglass, all of Gorham, and Benjamin Champagne of Monmouth. He was predeceased by a brother and a sister.
Spring services will be held at the North Street Cemetery, Gorham, at a time to be announced in the spring. Arrangements by the Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel, Gorham. For online condolences, please visit our website at www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.
Raymond Joseph Champagne
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 5, 2012