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Raymond Montgomery

Raymond Austin Montgomery

July 3, 1968 - August 19, 2019
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Obituary

ST. GEORGE - Raymond Montgomery, 51, died unexpectedly while at work on a tug boat in New Jersey on August 19, 2019. Born July 3, 1968 in Waterville, a son of Maynard and Lucinda Polky Montomery. He was a lifelong resident of St. George, he attended local schools and graduated from G.V.H.S. in 1987.
Ray was born a natural mechanic. He could fix anything. His brother Dana said that because they could not afford to buy toys, they had to build their own and with a need for speed those toys usually had an engine. This passion led him to one of his first jobs working with local marine diesel mechanic Art Stanley, a man he greatly admired and respected. He said that Art was a huge influence on his life and career choice. Another of his mentors that he had great respect for was Art Henry, and when his son Ellery was born, he gave him the middle name Arthur as a tribute to these two men.
Growing up in St. George surrounded by family and friends, Ray knew this was where he wanted to be. So, on a piece of family land handed down through many generations since the 1700s, with his Mom, brothers and Uncles Tim and Hildane Polky as neighbors, he started to build by hand, his own home. Construction had just begun on his house when he met the love of his life, Joanna Wilbur. Their son Ellery was born in July 1996 and on September 21, 1996 they were married at the First Baptist Church right there in Wiley's Corner. As soon as the house was ready they moved in and added to their family, daughter Haley in 1999 and Seanna in 2002.
After working for Art Stanley, Raymond also worked for George Hall & Sons and his brother Russell at Montgomery Oil Company. He was engineer on several scallop boats out of New Bedford Mass and when he acquired enough sea time, he did the necessary schooling to become chief engineer working for McAllister towing and finally Wittich Brothers Marine Tug Service out of New Jersey. He was a member of local #25, I.U.O.E. Working for Wittich Brothers took Ray to several new places including Russia, Romania and Turkey. He also made a trans-Atlantic trip which was very exciting for him. It was on this trip that his skill and Yankee ingenuity came in handy. The boat broke down in Port in the Mediterranean and it looked like they would be held up for a couple weeks getting the parts and needed repair. Raymond, using a Ritz cracker box and silicon, made a gasket and they were able to steam, arriving on time to their destination. Some of his shipmates rolled their eyes at his scheme, but it worked!
Ray was definitely a people person. He seemed to know everyone and loved them all. His daughters and sister Cindy laughed telling how a trip to Walmart with Ray was like a social event and could take hours if you didn't keep him moving. He had to say hello and catch up with everyone he saw. Ray was also known for his wit and sense of humor. He was always joking and making people laugh. He even asked Chief Justice Roberts if, when he went from Port Clyde to his house on Hupper's Island, if he "rowed verses wade".
The absolute light of his life were his children. He just beamed when telling how well Ellery was doing in the Marine Corps and Haley at Husson College in Bangor. Seanna will be starting her Junior year at Camden Hills Regional High School this fall. He took great pleasure in watching them grow. He loved going to the girls’ basketball games with lollipops for all and cheering on the team. He and Ellery always had a project going on; maybe fixing up an old truck or Jeep to bomb through the woods or some other means of transportation. He made his dooryard a playground for kids with a big pool and swings. Having a big cookout with his family and all their friends was great fun for him. All of the kids loved him and he was usually the biggest kid there! He was a fun dad! He was also known for having a bon fire every now and then; his nephews Mike & Alex both reminisced fondly about him teaching them to build a proper fire. And always by his side was his loyal companion of 17 years, his dog Gus. Gus would be so excited when Ray came home from a trip that he could hardly contain himself.
Ray loved his town and was proud of his Finnish heritage. He was a scout leader and member of the fire department until work took him away. He has a very large family with three surviving uncles, one aunt, one great-aunt, and too many cousins to count and they all held a place in his heart.
Pre-deceased by his Mom and his brother Randy; he is survived by Joanna and children, Ellery, Haley and Seanna; his Dad, Maynard Montgomery and companion, Gerry; his brothers, Reggie Montgomery, Russell Montgomery, Dana Montgomery and his wife Wendy; sisters, Cindy May and her husband Glenn Hall, and Lynn Johnson; a very special uncle, Adrien Polky; a very special cousin, Austin Long; and of course, his dog Gus.
Also missing Raymond are his nieces, Tracey Raven and her husband Matt, Allison Flynn and husband Corwin, Cheyenne Crane and husband Reiss; nephews, Mike Percy and wife Lindsey, Alex Hall and fiancée Eliza; many more nieces & nephews living out of state and several great nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A Celebration of Ray’s Life will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 28th at First Baptist Church of St. George, 15 Snows Point Road at Wiley’s Corner. Interment will follow in North Parish Cemetery. A reception will be held at Wiley’s Corner Grange. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raymond Montgomery Memorial Fund, c/o Midcoast Federal Credit Union, 209 New County Road, Thomaston, Maine 04861.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday August 27, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday August 27, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    Address
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
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  • Service

    Wednesday August 28, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday August 28, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    First Baptist Church of St. George
    Address
    15 Snows Point Road @ Wileys Corner
    SAINT GEORGE, ME 04857
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  • Interment

    Location
    North Parish Cemetery
    Address
    Wileys Corner - Snow's Point Road
    St. George, ME 04860
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  • Reception

    Wednesday August 28, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday August 28, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    St. George Grange
    Address
    Willeys Corner Road
    St. George, ME 04860
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Anita L. Fernald

Posted at 08:01pm
Many Prayers and Blessings for Ray's Wife and Children! What a fine and friendly Person Ray was! Just amazing! I am a member of the Gilchrest/Robinson's Family, and the Kalloch Family Reunion Associations I have known Ray from the many Reunions and meetings and all the wonderful conversations! Ray was such a wonderful man!
Anita Louise (Gross/Kalloch) Fernald
GOD BLESS.


Tracey Sturks

Posted at 10:59am
Raymonds camp we all stayed many nights in. Truck with no floorboards and the top cut off, watching the ground below us as we're flying through the woods out back of his ma's house. Drove right through the camp wall one day! LMAO Mackinons pit parties with Gloria Davis watching the keag for us LMAO! Pinching his butt when he wanted a refill! Hahaha God I miss her too! Down cellar filling garbage bags with oxy acetaline lol! Putting em in cars and blowing the doors right off to smithereens! LMAO Never ending night's of bonfires and keag beer. Outrunning the cop's laughing our butts off without a care in the world! Quarry day's swinging off the cliffs when the poles were still up and the original rope swing was still there! Crazy dives and foolishness! Watts avenue at Dave Banisters, "tea parties"! Isaac Poes lil pink house! Uncle Austin's and Jasons captain America stunt! Tim Polly and Rick Worsky and Laurel on the ambulance crew! Lol they couldn't get in because Jason ripped the porch off the house b4 he dove out of the window with the American flag around him hahahaha! Glass right through his shoulder! Ray just shook his head smiling and laughing about it. What did you do that for Jake?Hahahahaha....Our duet we would randomly bust out singing walking around the bonfires or keags on hot summer night's! Sooooo many memories that should be making me laugh right now, but I just can't! I will again one day, just not today!😔💔 Your part of who I am from day's of old to who I am today! Thank you Ray for a lifetime of memories, your tight hugs, your soft touches a time or two😘 and all the laughter my stomach hurt sooo bad from with YOU! It was a privilege to have you in my life,heart and soul! I will forever cherish every moment and time that reminds me of you! I will see you again when I get there!
" Hey Ray, It's Sugar! Tell em who we are"! We're big rock singers, we got golden fingers and we're loved everywhere we go. We sing about beauty and we sing about trueth, at ten thousand dollars a show, right!....
.........I LOVE YA RAY!💋😭💔😢😔
Rest easy my friend😔💔😇
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Dee Urquhart

Posted at 03:33pm
Devastating news for all. I so enjoyed Raymonds humor and infectious smile. I'll never forget one Halloween at the Gator Raymond was partially dressed in large green trash bag with a sign on it "half in the bag"! Brought tears to my eyes laughing! I actually have a picture of that. When I find it, I'll post it on FB. I've and comfort to family and friends. We lost a great one. Dee Urquhart.
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