Raymond L. Macomber, 85, of Attleboro, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Golden Living Center Garden Place surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Pauline C. (Frenier) Macomber, to whom he was married on September 17, 1949. He was a communicant of Saint Marks Church in Attleboro Falls.
Born in Mansfield on March 4, 1927, he was a son of the late Wallace R. Macomber and Minnie A. (Bignell) Macomber.
Ray was a long time resident of Attleboro and was educated in the city of Attleboro school department until joining the U.S. Navy on November 8th, 1944. He was a 1969 graduate of Pawtucket Evening High School. Ray received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Management from Bryant College in 1975.
Previously, Ray was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served during World War II and was discharged on June 29th, 1946. He achieved the rank of Seaman First Class V-6 USNR. Ray was a Massachusetts Electric Company Lineman and Head Lineman for 23, years before being elected the City of Attleboro's 12th Mayor from 1972 to 1977. He served as president of the Local 319 Brotherhood of Utility Workers of New England before declaring his candidacy for the office of councilman of Ward 6. He was first elected into the City Council in 1961. Ray ran for Re-election in 1963, as an at-large candidate and was granted another two year term. He served six years on the council before becoming mayor.
Ray retired from Massachusetts Electric Company in 1988 after 40 years of service. He started in the stockroom and worked his way up to a Personnel Supervisor in the Worcester Office. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his beloved family and friends. Ray enjoyed going to St. Petersburg, Florida during the winter months and also looked forward to spending time at his summer home in South Yarmouth.
During his lifetime, Ray enjoyed playing sports. He was a member of the YMCA and lived there a short time after returning from the Navy. He was a member of the VFW Post 115 and American Legion Post 20. Ray also enjoyed dancing and playing card games with his friends and family. Some of his favorite times were spent at the beach and digging for quahogs.
Ray was a long time devoted volunteer at the LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro. Ray
contributed to many activities. Just a couple of a long list was the LaSalette Family Festivals and Christmas Lights Bazaars, where he was accompanied by his grandchildren. He attended Retreats and Tent Revivals. He was a Lay Associate and an Usher. Ray was a compassionate and loving person to all. Ray and Pauline renewed their 25th Wedding Anniversary in the Monastery Chapel and their 50th Wedding Anniversary at The Provincial House Chapel surrounded by friends and family.
In addition to his wife, Pauline, of 62 years, Ray is survived by his two devoted
daughters, Nancy A. Oldham and her husband Thomas F. Oldham of Rumford, RI and Linda M. Pierce and her husband Robert J. Pierce of Attleboro. He was predeceased by his youngest daughter, Susan L. Macomber in 2001. Ray was the cherished grandfather of Jason T. Oldham and his wife Sopha, Kevin J. Pierce and his wife Jessica, Cherie A. Pierce, Justin F. Oldham and his wife Cynthia, and was also the loving great-grandfather of Noella Oldham, Bodie Oldham, Nolan Pierce, Caden Oldham, Tatum Oldham and Mykiah Oldham. Ray is survived by his sister, Phyllis (Macomber) Corliss of California, his brother, Maurice Macomber of Florida and sister-in-law, Ruth Macomber of California. He was the brother of the late Katherine Barrett, Flora McLellan, and Robert A. Macomber. Ray is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held Friday at 8:30am from the FOLEY -HATHAWAY FUNERAL HOME ,126 South Main St ., Attleboro, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in Saint Mark's Church, 105 Stanley Street, Attleboro Falls. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the family lot in St. Stephen's Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling Hours are Thursday from 4:00pm - 8:00pm in the FOLEY HATHAWAY FUNERAL HOME, 126 South Main St., Attleboro MA.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: LaSalette Shrine, 947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.