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Raymond E. Ramsdell

Raymond E. Ramsdell, 87, longtime resident of Southern Avenue, Essex, died Thursday, November 20, 2014 in the Golden Living Center, Gloucester following his long illness. He was the husband of the late   Ruth I. (Greenwood) Ramsdell and the late Elinor (Haskel) Ramsdell.

Born in Beverly July 6, 1927, son of the late Raymond L. and Grace I. (Sturk) Ramsdell, he was raised in Essex where he attended public schools. He enlisted in the Merchant Marines at sixteen, and two years later entered the U.S. Navy. He served as a ship fitter on several aircraft carriers in World War ll in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters before traveling with Admiral Byrd to the Antarctic for Operation High Jump.

Married in 1946 to Ruth Greenwood, the Ramsdells raised their family in Essex. He was employed for several years at the Campbell Funeral Home in Beverly and later worked as a yard man at Gove Lumber. Most recently he worked for twenty-seven years at Gillette, retiring as a supervisor in 1989. He was a lifelong communicant of St John the Baptist Church in Essex, and a longtime member of the JT Heard Masonic Lodge of Ipswich as well as a member and Sergeant with the Aleppo Motor Patrol. He enjoyed home gardening and was a loyal member of Red Sox Nation.

He is survived by two sons Raymond E. Ramsdell, II and his wife Janet of Salisbury and Robert E. Ramsdell of Gloucester; a daughter, Renee I. Ramsdell of San Diego, CA; eight grandchildren and many great and great great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Donald Lee Ramsdell of FL and Paul B. Ramsdell of Ipswich; two sisters, Arlene Nickola of Peabody and Jill Hennessey of Salem and many nephews and nieces. He was the father of the late Ruth I. Blaisdell formerly of Lynn and brother of the late Clayton Ramsdell of Lebanon, NH, Thomas Ramsdell of Illinois, Lillian Fizette of Iowa and Stella McGarvey of Beverly.

His funeral service with Naval Honors will be held 11 am graveside, Friday, November 28 in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday, November 24 from 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, with a Masonic Service by the John T. Heard Lodge at 6 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Shriner’s Burn Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.


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