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Raymond D. Dorman

November 14, 1922June 25, 2017

Raymond D. Dorman, of Bethel, CT, died peacefully on June 25, 2017 with daughters and his most special caretaker, Stephen, at his side.

Ray was born November 14, 1922 in Franklin Square, NY, the son of Rudolph and Katherine (Hood) Dorman. After graduation from Sewanhaka High School in 1940, where his greatest interest was music, Ray worked at Grumman Aircraft, but was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. As he enjoyed telling his family during the later part of his life, new enlistees were always told by more seasoned Army servicemen, “Don’t volunteer for anything.” But when his barracks was asked, “Anyone want to volunteer for the Army air cadets?” Ray raised his hand. He always said it was the smartest thing he ever did. That decision began a remarkable aviation career that included 30 missions over Germany during World War II, the Distinguished Flying Cross for a minimum of 25 missions under enemy fire, and, after assignment to Edmonton, Alberta, meeting and marrying the love of his life, Suzanne (Blais) Dorman.

After his military discharge, Ray began a career in commercial aviation as a captain with Seaboard World Airlines, Flying Tigers and Fed Ex. He flew multiple different aircraft over the years. He ended his career as a 747 pilot and retired only because federal regulation mandated it at age 60. Ray and Suzanne settled in Bethel in 1953 where they became parishioners of St. Mary’s Church and reared their family of six children on “the Hill." After so much international travel for work, Ray truly relished his time with his wife and family. Ray maintained his interest in music and was the acknowledged family chef. Family gatherings were always joyful. Ray could fix anything and made certain his children could change the oil, fix a flat, and replace spark plugs before they could drive.

After retirement, Ray continued his love of music and played trumpet in various area bands.

In addition to his wife, Suzanne, Ray was predeceased by his son, Ronald. He is survived by his daughter-in-law Kathryn, daughters, Nicole (Craig), Michelle (Steve), Lauraine (Anthony), Suzette (Carl), Camille (Alan). He treasured his grandchildren, Jeffrey, David, Danielle, Colette, Daniel, Kelsey, Luke, Michael, Christopher, Joseph, Emily, Matthew, Sonja and great grandchildren, Ella, Emilia, Grace, Landon and Layla.

Calling hours will be at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury on Thursday, June 29, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church in Bethel at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. After interment, all are invited to a gathering at St. Mary Church parish hall.

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, June 30, 2017

Memories

Raymond D. Dorman

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Neal Ketcher

July 6, 2017

Captain Ray Dorman: a truly accomplished man. RIP.

Stephen Albers

July 6, 2017

He was one of the senior Seaboard pilots who taught me my trade and made it fun.

July 4, 2017

We are so sorry to hear the news of Uncle Ray 's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love ,
Caroline (Blais) and Alan Belanger

John Schmuecker

July 2, 2017

I have many happy memories of my visits to the Dorman house while growing up in Bethel. Ray and Suzanne's son Ron was a close friend of mine. We remained friends until his unfortunate passing. Their house "out in the country" was always warm and inviting with all the family. I cherish these memories of our families.

June 29, 2017

I have many fond & happy memories of Richard's & my visits to the "house on the hill"! My deepest condolences & love to all the family. Adele Blais, Calgary

June 28, 2017

Suzanne, Ray's dear wife, was a cousin. We had the pleasure of meeting her, and of hearing the good news of the Dorman family from Grandmaman Marie and sister Jocelyne through the years. Another dear family member gone, but will not be forgotten.

Love to all of you

Marguerite(Blais) and Norm McGinnis

June 28, 2017

As a longtime friend of Jocelyne and Barb Wigeland, I had met Ray and Suzanne a number of times. My sincere condolences to the family.
Kay Bulmer, Edmonton AB

Barb Wigeland

June 28, 2017

We also send much love to all of you.

June 28, 2017

Dear Dorman Family, 6/28/17
( and Nicole )

So sorry to read about your dad ( loved one)...May fond memories, dear friends and family, and the Holy Spirit- the comforter ) be with you..

With Prayers and Heartfelt Sympathy,
Karen L. Fischer-Perkins (Classmate of Nicole's /IHS )

Barb & Marcel Paquet

June 27, 2017

Although we can't be with you while you remember yours and our loved one, you're in our thoughts and prayers from Canada.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY