Raymond I Bashford Jr.
Born January 24, 1922
Dr. Raymond Irving Bashford, Jr. , age 90, passed away on January 10, 2013, surrounded by the love of many. Ray was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Raymond Sr. and Nellie Mattison Bashford. The youngest of 4 children, "Junior", and his siblings spent their childhood growing up in Coral Gables, Florida, as well as summers on the family island in Canada.
He graduated as Valedictorian from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA , class of 1939, where he also was a member of the swim team and played cornet in the band. He graduated cum laude with his B. S. degree from Syracuse University in 1943 and earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Syracuse University in 1950. During World War II, Ray proudly served as an officer in the 76th Division of the U.S. Army Infantry which fought at the Battle of the Bulge and crossed the Sauer River on Feb. 7th, 1945, ending the Nazi oppression of Luxembourg.
In 1943, he married Alice Jean Brush and together they shared love for a lifetime. He was devoted to his family and he and Alice made a loving home for their two daughters, Carol and Cindy. In loyally providing for his family, diligence and hard work were important to Ray and in his professional life he worked for E.I. DuPont de Nemours as a chemist and later for Penford Products Co. in technical service to the pulp and paper industry. Following his retirement, he went to work for Fisher International as a consultant. He enjoyed his tenure at Fisher where he continued learning and using new technologies and what started as a temporary job lasted over 22 years. For 50 years, Ray and Alice worshipped at First United Methodist Church of Stamford, where he served as an usher.
Ray had a love for life that could be found in everything he did and in the way he did it. His love of the outdoors and gardening can be found in the tapestry of trees he planted that will provide shade in the summer and perches for snowflakes in the winter for decades to come. His fondness for woodworking is evident in the many treasures he crafted by hand. He could not resist the meticulous challenge of a jigsaw puzzle nor the allure of a great novel. His dedication as an avid mall-walker could be something to emulate. His ongoing thirst for knowledge was never satiated. Beautiful music, especially classical, was one of the finer things to be enjoyed. Oh, and he loved plaid, especially red plaid!
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Bashford Davis and his brother and two sisters. Those who will remember him with love include his wife, Alice Bashford; daughter, Carol Bashford Douglass; grandchildren: Peter Douglass, Andrew, Timothy, Christopher, Gwendolyn and Ellen Davis; son-in-law James Davis; treasured family friend, Jenny Colley; nieces, nephews and friends. In all the circles of his life, Ray was respected, admired and beloved. A memorial service celebrating his life will take place on Saturday, January 26th at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Stamford. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Raymond Bashford may be made to First United Methodist Church, 42 Cross Road, Stamford, CT or to Stamford Hospital Foundation; 1351 Washington Blvd; Suite 202; Stamford, CT 06902
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2013
Raymond I Bashford Jr.
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January 25, 2013
I am a sales associate at Macy's in the Stamford, CT mall. Ray would stop and visit with me every Sunday as he took his walk through the store. His presence was always delightful for me personally and for many other associates. Having just learned that we will no longer see his smiling face, I wanted to extend my sympathy and the sympathy of many other associates. He will truly be missed. Suzanne Dwan
January 25, 2013
Hello Alice. We are very sorry to hear about Ray. He was a wonderful person and we will pray for him. If there is anything we can do for you anytime please let us know. Your neighbors Sandra, Mike, Erin and Lauren Ballengee.
Brenda, Bob and Joshua Pantalone
January 17, 2013
We are very sorry to learn about the passing of Ray. Ray served as an usher at our wedding in Sept. 1997 and we enjoyed knowing him through FUMC Stamford. Ray will be greatly missed. We extend our sincere condolences to Alice and his family.