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Raymond J. Demers

Obituary for Raymond J. Demers

December 26, 1940 - October 22, 2019
Bedford, New Hampshire | Age 78


Raymond Joseph Demers, 78, of Bedford, NH died October 22, 2019 surrounded by his beloved family.
He was born on December 26, 1940 in Manchester, NH to Napoleon and Fleurida (Hemond) Demers. He graduated from St. Anthony High School and attended the New Hampshire Technical Institute, majoring in Machine Technology, Drafting and Industrial Management.
His working experience began at Leighton Machine in Manchester as a tool and die maker assembling custom knitting machines. His following employment continued for 21 years with Genest Bakery in Manchester and later with Nissen Baking in Portland, ME. Ray was employed as Plant and Project Engineer.
From 1983 to 2003, he was employed by Jac Pac Foods who later became sold to Tyson Foods in the Manchester plant. His position was Supervisor and project manager for most plant operations in meat enhancement and processing systems.
As an ambitious multi-task individual, he maintained a Real Estate Broker's license in New Hampshire. Also, he was a well known taxidermist and N.R.A. member. He became a founder and eight year president of the New Hampshire Waterfowl Association, a non-profit sportsman group that incorporated a State self tax for Waterfowl stamp program that benefitted water access and wood duck box habitat. During his stewardship, the Association won many conservation awards.
After his retirement, Ray and his wife became active members of the Safari Club International in the Maine Chapter as his wife would follow on his big game Safari hunts to Africa and a catch and release large game fishing in Central and North America.
Throughout his life, Ray was an avid adventurer and Master Scuba diver. His favorite sport and study was in Colonial History and Nautical Archeology. His diving excursions were focused along the Piscataqua River from the Portsmouth Harbor in NH following the swift river currents towards the mouth of the Atlantic. He and his son John's daring feats were scientifically motivated in the obscure environment of depth, ledges and shipwrecks of unknown origin, accidental drop overs while transferring trade goods from the Colonial Coasters. The father and son team devoted many years identifying shards of French, Dutch, Netherlandish, English 1705, 1720, HMS Astrea, 1744. Two 6 Pounder Cannons were identified by the Demer's off the Jackson Schooner/Privateer. A book was published, "Piscataqua Discoveries", by the Demer's documenting this Historical battle between the Colonist and 18th Century Native American as sea fighters. These Thousands of artifacts have been loaned to the New Castle Historical Museum in New Castle, NH for all to see.
He traveled with his wife throughout the United States, alligator hunting in Louisiana, horseback riding in Shell Canyon, WY, fishing for salmon in Lake Ontario, viewed the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park & white water rafting down the Snake River among wildlife in the Jackson Hole Valley. He also took a photography course on top of Mount Washington. He travelled many times to Mexico with his grandchildren where they visited many sites including the pyramids. He also travelled many times with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren to Disneyland and swam with the dolphins and manatees. He and his family visited Nashville to see the Graceland Elvis Estate. He and his wife went to many concerts and theater productions which they enjoyed. Recently he, his wife and son, went to Baltimore to visit the Ancient Aliens weekend convention. They set off on a journey to explore the many unexplained mysteries that exist between science fact and science fiction. He also had trips to England, Wales, Scotland, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Bermuda several times and many times to Canada with friends.
Mr. Demers' great love was spending time with his family, especially his wife of 60 years Nancy. He leaves three children, Paula Gagne of Dunbarton (remember all the family trips to Florida), John Demers of Bedford (remember all the scuba diving trips), and Diane Denoncourt of Manchester (remember all the trips to Florida); five grandchildren, Krystal McLain, Scott Johnson, Stephanie Ellsey, Jeff and Tim Denoncourt; seven great-granddaughters, Haley Russo, Jessica and Lily Denoncourt, Shelby Johnson, Taylin McLeod, twin girls Kiley and Riley McLeod; three great-grandsons, Shamus and Colin McLain, and Nolan McLeod. He has two brothers, Robert and Linda Demers of Montville, ME and Roland and Brenda Demers of Manchester; several nephews and nieces.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, October 28, 2019 in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one's choice.
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