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Nickerson Funeral Home

340 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA

OBITUARY

Capt. Harry G. Rae

September 13, 1946August 28, 2019
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Capt. Harry G. Rae, USN (Retired) died August 28, 2019 after a prolonged illness. Harry was born in Frostburg, MD to Clarence and Mary Rae (both deceased). Harry is predeceased by his beloved pugs, Rosie and Cinder.

Harry is survived by his best friend, soulmate and wife of 31 years, Gayle. He also leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law, Jerald and Donna Rae. He was the proud father of Mary Jo Miller and her husband John. He has four fantastic grandchildren, Noah, Benjamin, Ethan, and Alira Troisi. Harry also had great in laws, Donald and Phyllis Jennings, Linda and Rock Foss and Richard and Lillian Jennings. He leaves behind dear friends Carrie and Buddy MacDonald. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Harry started his goal to become a doctor by enlisting in the US Navy. He served two tours in Vietnam as a Corpsman. He served the first tour aboard the Destroyer DD-785 USS Henderson. The second tour was aboard the USS Sanctuary Hospital ship. He was honorably discharged in 1970.

Harry was accepted to Youngstown State in Ohio, where he received a BS in Biology. He was accepted into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. Harry reenlisted in the Navy prior to beginning his studies. He received his medial degree in 1980.

The Navy sent him to the Ballston Spa Naval Clinic in New York. While in New York he also worked in the Emergency Room at Saratoga Hospital. Harry was honorably discharged in 1983.

After leaving the Navy, Harry started his own medical practice in Hudson Falls, NY. There was still something missing in his life, he reenlisted again in the Naval Reserves. He was called to active duty to serve during Operation Desert Storm at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital.

Harry and his wife, Gayle moved to Cape Cod and settled in Wellfleet, MA. Harry worked for Outer Cape Heath Services and then Brewster Medical Associates until his retirement. True to his love for the service he worked for the Department of Veteran’ s Services and was a Life Member of the VFW Post # 3152 in Provincetown, MA.

Harry remained in his beloved Naval Reserves, working diligently to achieve the rank of Captain. Although Harry loved being a physician, he loved the Navy more. He was happiest in uniform.

Harry was a life long learner, he took many and varied courses of studies his entire life. There wasn’t a book Harry didn't like. He loved talking, listening and providing a non-judgmental perspective (unless it was about politics). Harry was an intellectual and could speak to anyone about anything. There were no strangers in Harry’s life. He appreciated anyone who would sit and visit.

The family wishes to thank all of his care givers, Brewster Medical and the entire staff of Cape Cod Health Care.

A casual memorial is planned at Nickerson Funeral Home, 340 Main St., Wellfleet on September 15th from 3-6 pm with a service at 6 pm. Please bring a smile and a story to share. Burial will be at the Bourne National Cemetery on Monday, September 16th at 11:15 am.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: Tin Can Sailors, the National Association of Destroyer Veterans, PO Box 100, Somerset, MA 02726 or Donations to Wildcare, Smith Lane #2671, Eastham, MA 02642. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • Burial Monday, September 16, 2019

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Frederick Long

September 15, 2019

Dear Gayle,

I am a fellow member of Provincetown VFW Post 3152, and served with Harry.

He was a good man, very dedicated to his military service and family.

He will be missed by all his comrades.

Fred Long

Deb Kamuf

September 13, 2019

In memory of my beloved Uncle Harry, Jerry, Donna, Shawn Rae and family, and Deb and Mike Kamuf and family have made a donation to Tin Can Soldiers. A tribute to Uncle Harry will be posted on their website when it is updated and will be shared with the family at that time. Our memories are fond, warm, and filled with joy and laughter. When Uncle Harry was in town, everyone was flocking to be by his side. His calm, warming smile and uplifting words always made us feel loved. His words of wisdom were ones to live by. We will miss you dearly, Uncle Harry. Rest in Peace. Till we meet again.
Love you,
Your Niece Deb

RMCS Michael Lynett U.S. Navy (Ret)

September 8, 2019

Had the pleasure of being treated and cared for by Dr Ray at the Navy Clinic in Ballston Spa, New York. He also worked with my sister in the ER Room at Saratoga Hospital.
Fair winds and following seas Captain

Shipmate you stand relieved….we have the watch. Ring the Ship’s Bell: Captain Rae departing.
RMCS Michael Lynett U.S. Navy (Ret)

Mary Miller

September 7, 2019

Mary Miller

September 7, 2019

Mary Miller

September 7, 2019

Mary Miller

September 7, 2019

Rachel Richardson

September 6, 2019

Mary Jo, I wanted to express my condolences on the death of your dad. You and your family are in my prayers.

Thomas Jennings

September 5, 2019

I’ll always remember Uncle Harry for his smile and his over happy and positive attitude. I’ll always fondly remember family time spent with him and Aunt Gayle in my young childhood. He was an all around great man and I will miss him immensely. My prayers for his friends and all my extended family, especially my Aunt Gayle. Love and hugs. ❤️

Christine Wylie

September 5, 2019

My sincerest condolences to his wife and family! I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Rae at Quest Diagnostics where I would draw his blood regularly. On his frequent visits I got to know Mr Rae and I also have a daughter who also joined the navy he would frequently ask how she was doing! He was a beautiful soul with a great smile and awesome personality! May he Rest In Peace and thank you for your service❤️⚓️

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