Putnam – Raymond A. Laporte, 86, of Putnam, CT passed away gently in his sleep on Wednesday, November 10th in Putnam. He was the beloved husband of Claire (Charron) Laporte. Born in Moosup, CT, he was the son of the late Frederick Laporte and Alphonsine (Belanger) Laporte.
Ray was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who always placed others’ needs before his own. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael, his wife, Gail, and their two sons, Gino and Gianni. He was always thankful for two supportive brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law and loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Arlene (Laporte) Vezina, and three brothers, Francis, Donald, and Richard.
He attended All Hallows School and Plainfield High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served aboard two heavy cruisers, the USS Newport News CA 148 and the USS Salem CA 139, the flagship of the 6th fleet in the Mediterranean.
After his Naval service, he worked as a surveyor for William Pike of Danielson. He was then employed by the State of CT Highway Department for 22 years.
During Michael’s youth, Ray was a manager in Putnam Little League and was active in St. Mary’s Boy Scout Troop 21 as the Charter Representative. He also volunteered in the food booth at St. Mary’s Circle of Fun during its first 17 years.
Since the day he married Claire, he was a constant worshiper at St. Mary’s Church and was a greeter there for many years.
He was a member of American Legion Post 13 and an Honorary Life Member of Cargill Council #64, Knights of Columbus and had a passion for golf. Favorite pastimes were watching the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, UCONN Women, playing word games, and meeting friends for morning coffee.
Ray loved to travel and take cruises having traveled in Europe, Greece, the Caribbean, Canada, and extensively throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, but his favorite destination was to Phoenix to see his grandsons.
Services for Raymond are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.