Raymond H. Poet

December 11, 1943January 27, 2018

Raymond Henry Poet, of Portland, died January 27th at home. He was 74.

He and his wife, Janet Kathryn Poet (née Burkel), celebrated 50 years of marriage last year. He loved his grandchildren, the Patriots and making lists — roughly in that order. He was generous with his time and enjoyed nothing more than helping other people solve their problems. He also loved to travel: to the beaches of Cape Cod, New Jersey and Florida; to the American West; and to Europe. He was a student of history, was a life-long learner and loved movies and books.

Born in New York City on Dec. 11, 1943, he spent most of his youth in New Jersey and graduated from Marietta College in Ohio. He found law school not to his liking, so he went on to a long career at the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration in Boston, MA. He was a longtime resident of Randolph, MA, before moving in 2006 to Portland, CT.

He was a natural public speaker and had a passion for public service, becoming involved in civic and community endeavors his entire life. He was a town meeting member in Randolph, an office-holder in the Randolph Youth Soccer Association, a member of the Randolph public schools scholarship advisory board and a member of the First Congregational Church of Randolph. In Portland, he held multiple leadership roles in the Bartlett Hill Homeowners Association and the First Congregational Church of Portland. He also held administrative positions within the Connecticut chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Associations, most recently as its secretary.

In addition to wife Janet, originally from Wrentham, MA, he is survived by his sister, Renee Poet, of Prospect, CT; son Matthew Poet and daughter-in-law Tina Poet, of Wallingford, CT; son Jonathan Poet and daughter-in-law Dana Dorman, of Philadelphia, PA; and grandchildren Dylan, Jake and Margot. He was preceded by his parents, Raymond B. Poet and Ruth. D. Poet.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at the First Congregational Church of Portland, 554 Main St., Portland, CT. His ashes will be scattered later in a private service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Congregational Church of Portland, 554 Main St., Portland, CT 06480, or the Portland Library, 20 Freestone Ave., Portland, CT 06480.

Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tnpk. Glastonbury, is assisting with arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit


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Jose Melendez

April 13, 2018

Although I had not kept contact with Ray for a few years, he tracked me down and we spoke a couple of times. I enjoyed his calls very much, as he reminded me of many happy times. I was pleased that he seemed to be the same energetic person I remembered.

I always considered Ray an exceptional coworker and manager. He had vast knowledge about everything concerning our work at ETA and often amazed me by his many suggestions on how to address problems; whether they concerned our assigned grants with New England municipalities, or ways on how to improve internal staff /office efficiency.

Jan, my thoughts are with you and your family. I wish you all well.

Jose Melendez

Cindy Desmarais

February 4, 2018

I am deeply saddened to hear about Ray's passing. I was his PT for quite awhile at physical therapy. He was always such a pleasure to talk to. We shared a love of the Patriots. I was just wishing him to have a great trip to FL 2 days before he passed, at his last session. I was shocked to hear the news. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Ray's family and friends.

Tini /Jan Blanke

February 3, 2018

We are very sorry to hear that Ray passed away last week and we want to send you Jan, Matt, Tom and families our sencere condolences. We are sure that he will be deeply missed. Allthough it's a long time ago that we last met, you all have a place in our hearts. We will always remember the great time we had back in the 80's with Ray, his family and friends from the Randolph,MA youth soccer team, visiting us in Merten and vice versa. This exchange program which he organized with all his passion was the foundation of many new friendships accross borders for which we are very grateful.
Farewell Ray
Tiny and Jan Blanke , Merten-Germany

Franne Thompson

February 2, 2018

I am also a member of the federal retirees' group known as NARFE, and, in that capacity, I was in his presence for just a few meetings. But during that brief time of acquaintance, I recognized the major contributor Ray was to the organization. His recent projects on our behalf were apparently just the tip of the iceberg in a lifetime of great service to others. He will be deeply missed by our group. The memorial service was was very revelatory about this wonderful man's accomplishments and interests. So many people will miss him. My sincere sympathy and condolences to his beloved family members.

Kara Rotheram

January 31, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the Poet family. May Raymond Rest In Peace. God Bless.

Marilyn March

January 31, 2018

Cherish the memories...and take one day at a time. My prayers are with you and your family
Marilyn March

Carmen Rodriguez

January 31, 2018

Jan, I worked with Ray at the US Dept of Labor... I just heard the news of Ray's passing. So sad... Ray was such a wonderful man... Ray was always generous and always had a great smile. I still have a table mantel I won at one of the office's yankee swaps, from a trip to Italy, which I cherish. My deepest condolences to you and rest of the family. Carmen Rodriguez

Rae & Marty Christie

January 31, 2018


Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Ray will be missed and remembered. He was an articulate gentleman on many matters, an important and faithful men's lunch participant and happy hour attendee. His plunges and swims across the pool in our community were refreshing to him and those who witnessed them, including our grandson Ryan. He will be remembered and loved.

Theo Riegel

January 31, 2018

Even across the ocean the news were send and we are very sad to hear about Rays passing. Our thoughts are with Janet, Matthew, Jonathan and their families. We cant be there to say "good bye" but in our memories he will live on. We had so many great times together in Randolph and in Merten, these will be unforgotten. Your friends from SSV Merten, Germany.

Arthur Miller

January 30, 2018

My condolences to the Poet family. I didn't meet Ray until we were both retired and had the opportunity to work together on several NARFE projects. What Ray took on, he accomplished and I quickly realized he was a good sounding board for complex issues. I value that we became friends and will deeply miss his wisdom on issues.
Arthur Miller, (NARFE)