Raymond "Ray" Edgar Cormier

May 30, 1922March 19, 2014

Raymond (Ray) Edgar Cormier, 91, died Wednesday, March 19 at his home in Hudson, NH. Ray was predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Alyce Eva (Richard) Cormier. He is survived by his five sons, Richard, Douglas, Cameron, Bradford, and Clayton; and by his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ray, the eldest of six boys, was born in Gardner, MA, the son of the late Henry and Eva Cormier, originally from New Brunswick, Canada.

Ray served in the Navy during World War II at the radio training station on Gallups Island in Boston Harbor. After the war, he ran a succession of successful businesses in Gardner including a grocery store and a luncheonette. While still in his twenties, Ray began the first of many door-to-door, direct marketing ventures. Over his lifetime, these included Permanent Stainless Steel Cookware, Safety Maid Baby Furniture, Panacolor, and Energy Marketing Service.

Ray married his beloved Alyce in 1948 and together they raised their five sons in Stoneham, MA. Ray had an inquisitive and optimistic nature. His passions included traveling in his motor home and boat, researching the history of the Cormier family, and staying in contact with family and friends via the internet.

Visiting hours were held Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St., Nashua. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10:00am Monday in St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 777 W. Hollis St., Nashua. Spring interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Gardner, MA. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 24, 2014
  • Visiting hours Sunday, March 23, 2014

Raymond "Ray" Edgar Cormier

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Estelle Vigeant and Wade and Carolyn Brown

March 23, 2014

So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Ray's cousin Estelle, and my husband and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family at this sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ella Cormier (uncle Odillon's daughter)

March 23, 2014

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

JF & Roberte Cormier LeBlanc

March 23, 2014

We wish to express our deepest sympathies to you all in the lost of your dear dad. When he wrote in Nov. the last time he said: "I have accepted my fate with no regrets and also thank God for a wonderful life". Will write to you later. Love to you all my cousins.

Janice Sokolowski-Perkins

March 22, 2014

Sending our deepest sympathy to Uncle Ray's family. Take comfort in all the wonderful memories. I will remember his jokes and his smile. He is now reunited with Alyce, and all of his brothers, and his mom and dad. What a party they all must be having...May he rest in peace. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love to You All

The Staff of Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home

March 20, 2014

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.