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SANDOWN, N.H.: Raymond Charles Small, 85, of Sandown, N.H., died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Colonial Poplin Nursing Home in Fremont, N.H.

Raymond was born on October 6, 1929, in Dracut, Mass., the youngest of five children of Forest Small and Goldie (Nelson) Small. He grew up in Dracut, and married Nancy Duffy in 1951.

Raymond enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from 1951 to 1955, attaining the rank of Staff Sargeant. Following his military service, Raymond studied electrical engineering at Lowell Technological Institute (now part of UMass Lowell), receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1963. He and Nancy headed north to Augusta, Maine, when Raymond joined Central Maine Power Company as an electrical engineer. He retired from CMP in 1991. After the birth of their first grandchild, Raymond and Nancy moved to Sandown, N.H., in 2003.

Raymond was a loving and devoted husband and father. He enjoyed time with his family camping, hunting, skiing and playing golf. He touched the lives of many children as a Scoutmaster, baseball coach, and ski team parent. He loved the New England Patriots, woodworking and was a voracious reader of history.

Raymond is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Nancy Small of Sandown, N.H.; his daughter, Dr. Rebecca Small of Derry, N.H.; son, Forrest Small and daughter-in-law, Joanne Young-Small; and grandchildren, Eleanor and John Small of Salem, N.H. He also leaves a large family of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Brewitt Funeral Service, 14 Pine Street, Exeter, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 166 South Bedford Rd, Suite 210, Bedford, NH 03110. 603-606-6590 or www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 30, 2015
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