Raymond H. Lake Jr.

July 1, 1951November 19, 2020

Raymond H. Lake, Jr., age 69, of Swansea, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. He was the husband of Ilda (Melo) Lake to whom he had been married 37 years.

Born in Fall River, he was the son of Irene (Dion) Lake and the late Raymond H. Lake, Sr.

Raymond worked as a heavy equipment operator for Mass Highway for many years before his retirement.

Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by his children Matthew Lake and his wife Shelley of Bridgewater, Keith Lake of Swansea, and Kayla V. Lake and her significant other Mike Hazel of Rehoboth; 4 grandchildren, Caroline, Madelyn, Benjamin and Greta Lake; 3 sisters, Susan Lake, Deborah Mello and Cynthia Ruest as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ray was an avid target shooter and firearms collector, a life member of the NRA as well as the New Bedford Rod and Gun club. He enjoyed the annual family camping trips to New Hampshire as well as his regular day trips with Ilda to Kittery and Newport.

It quickly became obvious that being a grandfather “Pepere” became his biggest joy in life. Making his grandkids laugh, giving tractor rides and spoiling them in general seemed to be his favorite things to do.

His Visitation will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 PM in Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea. Due to current occupancy restrictions, please be mindful that guests may have to wait outside while others pay their respects. Funeral Mass and Burial will be private.

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Chief Stephen Rivard, SFD (ret)

November 22, 2020

Dear Matt and family,
I was saddened to hear of you dad’s passing. We first met years ago while working at Anderson Little and shared a passion for muscle cars. It was so nice to see him again many years later when you began your fire service career. He was extremely proud of you and your accomplishments! Keeping you and your family in my prayers. 🙏

Carlton Windle

November 22, 2020

My deepest condolences to Keith , and his family.
My God comfort you at this trying time , and give you peace—- Carl & Elaine Windle

Donna Mbuthi

November 22, 2020

I am saddened to hear of your loss. I pray you find comfort in the memories you cherish and strength in the knowledge that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken and Pat Menard

November 22, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to the Lake Family. Please find comfort in knowing others are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Retired Massport Fire Chief Bob Donahue

November 20, 2020

Lake Family,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your father/grandfather. I didn’t know Ray, but had the privilege of working with his son Matt.

If there’s truth to the adage “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, then Ray must have been a terrific person because I know Matthew to be a good family man, a model Firefighter and an absolute gentleman. Great job Ray!

An offering in Ray’s name has been made to St Jude.


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