Raymond A. Smith, age 84, passed away March 24, 2008 at his residence, 70 Southwick Court in Cheshire. Raymond was formerly of Hamden, the widower of Margaret Gustavson Smith. Raymond was the father of Jan and her husband Leon Slomkowski of Hamden and Karen Jones and her fiancee Marc Methot of Leicester, MA; grandfather of Sarah & Julia Jones, Heidi, Kate & Tyler Slomkowski; brother of the late Charlotte Johnson, Winifed Tomlinson, Roger, Norman & Curtis Smith. Raymond also leaves several nieces and nephews. Born in New Haven on Oct. 23, 1923 he was a son of the late Archie and Grace Hale Smith. He was a WWII US Army Veteran and a retired Industrial Engineer, employed by Robert Shaw Controls in Milford and the former Acme Wire Co. of Hamden. Raymond was a life long member of the Dunbar United Church of Christ , a Deacon Emeritus of the church and very active in many of the functions of the church along with his late wife Margaret. He enjoyed his artistic work, painting many pictures and his attendance of his many army reunions with the 97th Recon. His Memorial Service will be held Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 11 AM in the Dunbar United Church. Friends may call at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM. His burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Dunbar United Church of Christ, 419 Dunbar Hill Rd., Hamden, CT 06514.

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  1. Dear Jan, Lee, Heidi, Kate and Tyler, You have all been in our thoughts and prayers these past few days; and indeed in recent weeks, when we learned of your father’s, grandfather’s failing health. Jan, you have been a wonderful companion and caregiver to your Dad for as long as I have known you and I know that even as you will miss your time with him, you can be comforted by many wonderful memories of your special father-daughter times together. Ed and I are also glad to know that your .far flung. family has all been together both for your father and grandfather and for each other. Your love for each other and love of life, so evident when you are with each other will surely bring you solace in your loss. Love, Ed and Deb Pass

  2. Jan and Karen and families, Darrell and I, as well as the kids, will miss Uncle Ray dearly. We miss your mother as well, talking with her on the phone, and memories of visits back to Connecticut. They were always there to greet us and made us feel so welcome. They were dear, loving people. God bless all of you. We wish we could be there in person to extend our condolences. Love, your cousin Marilynn.

  3. Karen, All our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. As people of faith, we know as the Apostle Paul said – .Love never ends.. Andy

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ray. I so enjoyed Ray, he had a beautiful gentle spirit. Our church will not be the same without him and I will miss him. God bless Ray and Margaret with eternal love and peace. SIncerely, Janet Lavorgna and family

  5. Ray and his late wife Margaret were always gracious and kind to me. I have been attending chucrch with them for the last 14 years. Ray will be missed but always remembered for his kindness, soft-spoken attitude, and his grace. God Bless them both Ray & Margaret Smith.

  6. Ray snd Margaret were the first to welcome me to Dunbar when I first attended many years ago. He was truly a gentle soul and always a smile on his face. Although we will miss him here, he will now be reunited with Margaret and those who went before him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.

  7. We will always remember Ray as a kind, gentle, and generous soul and have many fond memories. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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