WILBRAHAM-Mr. Raymond Melbourne, 84, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Raymond’s devoted family was by his side at the time of his passing. He was born on October 4, 1934, in Springfield, MA to Brisbane and Mildred (Tredo) Melbourne. Raymond graduated from Putnam Trade earning a certificate as a Machinist, a valuable education which he practiced throughout his entire life. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. As a young man he enjoyed riding motorcycles and joined a motorcycle club. His passion for motorcycles quickly faded as he took on the responsibilities of being a husband and father. Fishing was a hobby he enjoyed his entire life. As a young man he would spend many summer days fishing with his friend Ted. Later in life he shared this passion with his children and grandchildren, often competing in Fishing Derbies. He was an avid Red Sox fan and would never let you forget the Sox’s beat the Yankee’s, one of the most enjoyable days of his life. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and square dancing. He was a man of many talents and his never give up attitude was always evident as he would tinker around the house. No project would go unfinished, he would often drive himself “nuts” until he figured it out. Raymond was fiercely independent, he determined his own faith and treatment over the past few weeks as he battle heart disease. He is predeceased by his parents, his wife of over 50 years, Barbara (Fillion) Melbourne, his son Michael Melbourne, and two brothers. He leaves his daughters Marcy Fuller and her husband Jim of Springfield, MA and Michelle Bradford and her husband Gerald of Exeter, NH, his sisters Lois and Carolyn, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, his daughter-in-law Ruth, along with many other family members and friends. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Avalon Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services, LLC 691 College Hwy., Southwick, MA 01077 Memorial donation may be directed to American Heart Association of Massachusetts, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 www.heart.org To express condolences, share memories, or photos please visit Raymond’s memorial page at www.avaloncelebrations.com
A celebration of Raymond’s life and legacy will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Trinity Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA A reception will follow services at the church.
American Heart Association of Massachusetts
300 5th Ave., Waltham MA 02451