Raymond N. Lavanway, 88, of Ludlow, VT passed away in Lebanon, New Hampshire on November 28, 2018. Husband of the late Lillian Kautz Lavanway, father of Melissa (Carmen) DeLuca and Michele (Richard) Lynch, both of North Haven, and grandfather of Richard and Kristin Lynch and Kayla and Shayna DeLuca. He was born in Winchester, CT on June 28, 1930, son of the late Harold Lavanway and Arline Rausch, stepson of Martha Lavanway, and resided in North Haven before moving to Ludlow in 1999. Raymond received a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University of New Haven and proudly served in Korea with the U.S. Army 79th Engineer Construction Battalion and the 24th Engineer Construction Group from 1948-1952. He was employed at Mark IV Enterprises of Hamden for 41 years prior to his retirement. While residing in CT Raymond was a member and Treasurer of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven, and served on the Friends of Lighthouse Park Restoration Committee. Raymond was also a member of the United Church of Ludlow, VT and a volunteer with the Black River Good Neighbor Services of Ludlow. He always enjoyed reading, playing bridge, and snowmobiling. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Raymond's family at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, on Thursday, December 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Black River Good Neighbor Services of Ludlow, 37B Main St., Ludlow, VT 05149, www.BRGN.org.

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  1. Cornwall, NY

    We are so sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. We have so many fond memories of times we spent together in Ludlow. We played bridge many afternoons either at the Senior Center or at our home. We also enjoyed all the excursions that we made to the different restaurants in the surrounding area. He was a delightful and good friend. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

    JoAnn and Paul Milza

  2. To Rays family, I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He along with my family have been alone as full-time residents up here on the south side of Okemo mountain since 1999. Every Saturday, we would pass and say hello at the Cafe at DeLight. He had his spot in the corner for breakfast and a quick read of his book. Life on the hill will not be the same without .DADSJAG. in the neighborhood.

    Allen and Linda Seiple, Ludlow

  3. He loved his house in Ludlow and the neighborhood, and going down the hill for breakfast at his favorite place. Thank you for sharing these remembrances of our dad. It means so much. Hoping we will meet you out in the neighborhood soon.

  4. To Ray’s Family, I am so sorry. We were special friends since we were teenagers. I will miss him, too. We communicated by e-mail.He was a sensitive and sincere person.
    Love to all. Barbara McCarthy Frankfort, KY

  5. Dear Melissa and family- wishing you peace and strength in this difficult time. Love your childhood friend, Karen Buehler

  6. Dear Melissa & Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I will truly miss Ray’s monthly visit to our food shelf here at BRGNS, as he donated an amazing amount of food. We always chatted about the most critical needs and Ray always came through! Such a kind heart… Krey Kellington

  7. Dear Friends. We are so sorry to read of Ray’s death. We have such fond memories from Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven, the Lighthouse Park Carousel and working at the Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage in North Haven. . Such a hardworking family. May you find comfort with family and friends and good memories. Doug and Karen Golden. Hamden, Conn.

  8. I have just read of Rays passing in The Vermont Journal Obituaries. My heart is so deeply saddened. I was a waitress at the Cafe that Ray frequented, and it was always a pleasure waiting on him. He was always cheery, kind, and patient. Just looking at his smiling face would cheer anyone up.My condolences on his passing. He was definitely a blessing to anyone who knew him,myself included. Condolences to all.

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