ROCKLAND – Julie A. Raye, 64, entered into eternal peace, Friday, July 19, 2019, surrounded by her family, at the Sussman House in Rockport, after a period of declining health
Born in Waterville, in October of 1954, she was the daughter of Carl H. and Frances J. Johnson Kalloch. Julie attended elementary school in Vassalboro, before moving to Rockland and later to Owls Head Village. She graduated from Rockland District High School in 1972. During her high school years, she was involved in numerous activities with her favorite being a member of the cheering squad.
She married James Raye in 1974. Over the years, they resided at several locations in Rockland, and since 1991, they have lived on North Main Street.
Julie participated in and led many community events. Her involvement with the Lobster Festival was one of her passions. She began volunteering in 1989 in the food tent for a four-hour shift and it became a five-day marathon for twenty plus years. During these years she was a member of the Festival Board of Directors and became Volunteer Co-Coordinator with Paulette Sylvester. In 2010, Julie and Paulette were Grand Marshalls in the Festival Parade. Julie was so proud of her niece, Taylor Hamlin, when she was crowned the Sea Goddess in 2018.
Her love for children led Julie to run for the MSAD #5 School Board in 1993. She served on the Board until 2002 and as its chair for three years. She was reelected in 2005 for another term. During her time on the Board she was a strong advocate for children, staff, athletics and taxpayers. In 1996, she and Jimmy helped raise $100k to pay for the high school football program and restart the pee wee through middle school program as part of The Booster Club and Tiger Football.
Julie worked in Real Estate at Jaret & Cohn and ERA for a few years. In 1996, she became the owner and operator of The House of Cards. During this time period she was highly involved with the Downtown Revitalization that included the creation of the Festival of Lights. After dissolving the House of Cards in 2009, Julie became part of the Raye Insurance family business.
Julie was recognized for her community service by being named the prestigious 2001 Chamber Person of the Year by the Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she was recognized by the State of Maine members of the Senate and House of Representatives for her involvement in local politics and civic activities. Julie also received a Rockland City Council Commendation in 1995 for her never-ending volunteerism efforts.
Julie loved the game of golf as well as spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.
Julie is survived by her husband, Jimmy; daughter Nikki Raye Boutin and husband Jamie; son , Anthony, all of Rockland; granddaughters ,Callie Boutin and Josie Raye.; brother, Craig Kalloch and his wife, Lisa of Mobile, Alabama; sister, Jan Kalloch Staples and her husband, Stephen of Camden; sister, Gail Kalloch Robishaw and her husband, Don of Rockland; and sister Cindi Kalloch Hamlin and her husband, David of South Thomaston; sister-in-law, Anna Raye of Rockland; brothers-in-law, Les Raye and his wife Nicole of Rockland; Wes Raye; nieces and nephews, Sean Kalloch, Paula Ryder, Lane Harris, Luke Kalloch, Corey Staples, Brianne Staples Rodrigues, Micheal Robishaw, Cassie Burrows, Zeke Hamlin, Taylor Hamlin, Mikey Shaffer, Suzie Warburton, Jeffrey Shaffer, Bobby Shaffer and Tracy Taylor, Chris Raye, Les Raye, Natalie Willis, Marcia Turner, Glen Stanley, as well as numerous cousins, many special friends and her beloved dog Vinny. Julie is predeceased by her parents, Carl and Frances Kalloch, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Mary Raye.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Monday, July 29, 2019, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at St. Bernards Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sussman House, C/O PenBay – Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 22 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841. To share a memory or story with Julie’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.