OBITUARY

William Raymond Jr.

November 12, 1958January 30, 2021

William Raymond was born on November 12, 1958 and passed away on January 30, 2021 and is under the care of Rosedale Funeral Home.

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Gary Bingaman

February 17, 2021

I met Bill when he first came to the Customs Survillance Branch in Corpus Christi, TX, we eventually renamed Bill "Rainman", I flew many many missions with Bill as a member of his flight crew, I have fond memories of flying with Bill, he was one of the most dedicated and professional Pilots we had, he was a good friend, I will miss his friendship.

Janine Jones-Pelano

February 17, 2021

Dear Bob , Please accept my sympathy with the loss of your brother. I am sorry to have read of his passing. Our families have so many shared memories of growing up on South James St. and going to school together. Your names will always be "Billy and Bobby" to my family and me.
Truly wanting your heart to be filled with Faith, Peace and Hope that only God can give.

Bill Gifford lll

February 12, 2021

Very shocking news! Bill and I went to Rome Catholic High in Rome, N Y . A great friend, a great ball player and a fantastic person. I haven't seen him in quite a few years. God bless Bill and the family and friends he left behind.

John Bierer

February 10, 2021

I new Bill as a Navy Pilot, a Customs Pilot and as a CBP Director.

An outstanding aviator, LEO, manager and friend!

Bill is one day older than me, we were both born in 58, his bday was 11/12 , my bday is 11/13, we celebrated our 40th birthday in Corpus Christi TX when our wives threw us a surprise party , with most of the USCS SSB East in attendance.

Best memory: Flying out of Panama in the mid nineties, Bill was PIC, he decided to conduct the preflight walk-around from the comfort of his rental car! First he drove around the left side, checked the ailerons and flaps, avoided the ladder, drove to the back and checked the empennage, elevators, mad boom, drove around the right side and finished up checking the nose !

Absolutely hilarious ! Only Bill would think of that .

Rest In Peace Bill Raymond
You will be missed

Drew Duff

February 9, 2021

There's no other way to put it other than "Billy Diamond" was a "Great all-around guy."  He loved and lived life to the fullest. So many funny "work and play" stories and trips to share that I don't even know where to start. New York quips, common sense, and cleverness always on full display! An absolute pleasure to work and socialize with. A true professional, leader, model Law Enforcement Officer, and Instructor Pilot.
God Bless you Bill!

Abraham Burgos

February 8, 2021

Bill Raymond was a kind and generous neighbor. Always ready to lend a hand in any endeavor. Bill was a fellow federal officer retiree and we shared many experiences and stories during our career. I shall miss my breakfast buddy and good friend. Rest in Peace.

Lothar Eckardt

February 8, 2021

Bill Raymond was one of the funniest and wittiest people I’ve ever met. He was a good friend to me and my family. His classic lines like “it’s deja vu all over again” will forever stay with me. Hoist one in his honor with me shipmates.

Bill Gibbon

February 8, 2021

Bill was one-of-a-kind. His persistent humor, dry wit, and sharp tongue put him in a class all his own. As he would often comment, he should have "had his own TV show.” We flew many long missions together and Bill would say; “I wish the rest of my life would go THAT slow.” I worked closely with Bill for more than 15 years, and took over many of his jobs. He always knew what was important, and better still what was NOT important. His comic relief will live with me forever: Bill Diamond - Panama legend, “lawn chairs & suntan oil”, the Aruba interrogation by the old lady from 'KAOS', the ‘hurricane’ flight, and many more stories which should only be told at the bar. Golfing with Bill was always fun. He would usually start the round by asking if we had brought helmet and goggles, and finish by saying; “Thank God no one was hurt.” Bill was an extraordinary pilot, he served the country with distinction, and it is a high honor to have known and worked with him. Bill Raymond R.I.P.

Robert (Bob) Carney

February 7, 2021

My wife Cuca and I are saddened to hear about Bills death.
I am very fortunate to have worked for Bill and to have been his friend.
It is never easy to say goodbye and it is especially difficult when it is unexpected. I will miss talking with Bill about so many of the incredible things he accomplished in life. Like flying the P-3 Orion for the Navy and hunting for Russian submarines. Or flying the P-3 for Customs and finding semi-submersible submarines used by the drug cartels.
My friend Bill was a kind and compassionate human being who loved his country, family (to include his pets) and friends. He left us too soon and he will be missed.
Our deepest condolences to Bills family and friends.

Chris Nardone

February 7, 2021

Bill Raymond was a friend and mentor to me at Customs. He was one of the guys who shared his wealth of knowledge of counternarcotic tactics with so many of us. Bill literally wrote the book on P-3 tactics. He led us as chief pilot, supervisor, and director. He also opened his home for some memorable parties. I have many fond memories of flying all over Central and South America with Bill, and even better memories of fishing and playing golf with him. Every time I slice a shot into the trees I will forever hear Bill’s voice saying beautiful.