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SANFORD -- Raymond M. Carpentier, 96, a lifelong resident of Sanford, passed away at his home with his two sons by his side on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
He was born in Sanford on Jan. 16, 1917, the son of the late Leon and Valerie (Richer) Carpentier.
As a young man growing up during the Depression, he left school in his freshman year to work with his father and brother cutting wood, which they sold to generate household income. He also worked for a short time at the Sanford Water District. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during WWII. Following his discharge in 1946 he worked in the Goodall Mills until their closure in 1953. Then he found work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he worked as a pipefitter and later as a Planner/Estimator for 26 years until his retirement.
Upon retirement he traveled around the world. The highlight of his travels was a visit to North Africa with his brother Aldas, to pay their respects at the grave of their younger brother Joe, in Tunisia. A generous benefactor, he contributed to many charities. He helped sponsor a child's education in India and was able to meet her on a trip to that country.
He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Brochu Carpentier; daughter, Michelle; brothers, Aldas, Joseph, Roger, and sister, Pauline. He is survived by two sons, Mark Carpentier of Portland and Paul Carpentier of Sanford.
Visiting hours for Mr. Carpentier will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lafrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home, 29 Winter St., Sanford. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Sanford. Condolences may be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 12, 2013