Raymond Peter Naton
August 26, 1936 – January 12, 2020
Raymond Peter Naton was born on August 26, 1936 and passed away on January 12, 2020.
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Raymond Peter Naton
January 14, 2020
Ray made this little rock we all share a better place. Its orbit has been thrown a bit off kilter without Ray.
A short story that emphasizes just how warm and kind Ray always was:
It has been many years since I have seen or communicated with Ray. Nevertheless he remained close in spirit, a little more so during the hockey season.
Back in the late 60 ties, Ray had season tickets to the Boston Bruins. It was at a time when the NHL just expanded from the original six teams.
Ray being a connoisseur of sports, one of many such loves, had a lessened enthusiasm about going to see the Bruins, when they were playing an expansion team. Though, he would make an exception if one of our customers was interested in going..
If there was no interest, my wife and I frequently became the excited recipient of his tickets We were young, recently married, and thought nothing of driving from West Springfield to Boston and back for these games. Since most of these opportunities happened on a work night, they were not optimal preparation for the next work day. Youth!
I never adequately considered why Ray chose us for the tickets. Yet in reflection it was how Ray was; he liked to carry happiness to others. Even in tense business moments, Ray had the perspective, and sense of balance, to negotiate even the worst circumstances.
Ever since then, when we catch a bit of a Bruins game, we reminisce about how thrilled we were to benefit from Ray’s kindness.
So fortunate to have known Ray. He was kind, discerning, so competent in whatever he undertook, and always a fun person to be with.
January 13, 2020
Dear Ruth and Family
No words can express how Bob and I feel for the loss of Ray. We will forever keep him in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.
Barbara and Bob Fortunato