Robert G. Raymond

Robert G. Raymond, of Chatham, passed away on April 2, 2022, two years after the death of his wife of seventy-two years, Jean Semon Raymond. Bob was born in Worcester in 1924, the second child of Frank and Charlotte (Robertson) Raymond. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1942, and was recognized as a member of the Auburn High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. Bob’s college education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, then known as Massachusetts State College, was interrupted by World War Two. In 1944, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After flight training, Bob was assigned to the Eighth Air Force, 94th Bomb Group, 331st Squadron, initially as a co-pilot and then as a pilot of B-17 bombers based in Bury St. Edmunds in England, completing thirty-five combat missions over Europe and earning an air medal with five oak leaf clusters, and, as attested by a certificate signed by the base commander, membership in the “Lucky Bastards Club,” for flight crew members who survived a full tour of duty.
After the war, Bob returned to UMass, where he was a captain of the 1948 football team. Bob and Jean, also an Auburn High School and UMass graduate, were married in 1948, and Bob graduated in 1949 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, in the first class of the new electrical engineering department. After college, Bob and Jean lived in Auburn, Boylston, and Holden, where he was superintendent of the municipal electric department. In 1957, they moved to Milford, New Hampshire, with their three sons, Daniel, James, and Jonathan, where Bob was president of Hendrix Sales, Inc., and vice president and general manager of Hendrix Wire and Cable Company, a manufacturer for the electrical utility industry.  
Bob and Jean built a house in Chatham in 1964 on land purchased from his cousin Tom Raymond, and they moved to Chatham permanently in 1998, where he continued working in the electrical utility industry until his mid 80s. Bob and Jean were active members in the Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meeting House and the Chatham Walkers; co-chairs of the Chatham Police Department’s 911 Triad project, and volunteers at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center; among other community activities. Bob delighted in writing humorous inserts in the minutes of the Chatham Men’s Club, lost balls regularly at the Chatham Seaside Links, and, after he could no longer play golf, walked the length of Main Street almost daily.
In addition to Bob and Jean’s three children, members of Bob’s family include two daughters-in-law, Jane Raymond and Linda Raymond; six grandchildren, Jennifer Whitehouse and Anne, Peter, Lindsey, Justin, and Ethan Raymond; and two great-grandchildren, Cooper Whitehouse and Wilder Raymond. Bob’s sister, Dorothy Raymond, lives in Chatham; his brother Richard Raymond, also a Chatham resident, predeceased Bob in 2009; and he has many cousins, nieces, and nephews on Cape Cod and elsewhere.
Formal photographs of Bob throughout his long life show a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. He was attentive, caring, and accomplished. He will be missed.

A memorial service for Bob will be held at the Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meeting House on Saturday, April 23, at 11:00 a.m. His family suggests that contributions in his memory may be made to Chatham’s Eldridge Public Library or the Chatham Conservation Foundation. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com