Dear Paul & Staff - We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for all you did to make the passing of Mom easier for us to get through. Every aspect was perfect, from making the arrangements, to making mom beautiful, to decorating with mom's things, the funeral and graveside. We will never forget your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time in our lives.
Cindy and John Belsito
Dear Paul and Staff - Jeff's passing was as much a shock for you, as for our family. Your kind, caring ways; your gentle guidance through those first few days after his death and ultimately through the calling hours and funeral - you never failed to be there when we needed you and continue to do so now. Our community is extremely fortunate to have you here to respond and assist families at such difficult times.
Joanne Fredenberg and Family
Dear Paul and Staff - When you took our choices and put them into action (I am an OCD perfectionist) I could not have orchestrated the whole process better if I had directed it myself. You went above and beyond. It was phenomenal. I mean phenomenal!!!
"Personally, I think you have really answered your true calling in life, to help us deal with the death of a loved one."
Sincerely, Terry Vinning
Dear Paul & Staff - I wanted to thank you for all your help with my father, Howard Fox's funeral. We were so pleased with how everything was handled by you and your staff. Paul, I know that my niece really appreciated your guidance when she did the readings in church.
Paul and Staff - Thank you for all you did to make sure Harold was laid to rest with lots of love and dignity. I appreciate your kind, courteous and professional service.
Love, Dolores Leonard
Dear Paul and Staff - I just would like to thank you for your kindness that you gave to my husband John, during these sad times of losing both of his parents. The professionalism that you showed was outstanding but most of all your compassion and caring meant so much to us all.
Blessings & Prayers, Nancy & John Napoleon
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!
Dear Paul and Staff - Thank you!! Thank you!! For the manner in which you handled Tony's funeral. We were very pleased. God bless you!!
Anne Greco & son Tony
Dear Paul and Staff - Kind, gentle, efficient, professional this is what you are. Sincere thanks for all that was done for Ella and our family.
In Sorrow, Paul Panesa
Dear Paul and Staff - There are not enough words to thank you all. You are very special to me and I will never forget and will always be grateful to all of you. Very Truly Yours
Dear Paul & Staff - Thank you for your compassion, kindness and professionalism during our time of loss and sorrow. We appreciate everything you did for our family.
Troy & Scott Ashdown and family
Paul and Staff - Your compassion helped us deal with our loss, and your professionalism was unsurpassed in helping us plan his wake and service. It truly was a celebration of David's life.
Robert Harry Raymond, 91, of Kerhonkson died suddenly Saturday, February 18, 2017.
Born in Hackensack, New Jersey August 13, 1925, he was the son of the late Stephen Raymond & Alma Ardvison Raymond.
Bobby's love of nature and the outdoors began as a boy foraging, fishing and exploring what was once rural Teaneck, New Jersey. He graduated from Teaneck High School in 1943 and answered the call to serve his country in the Merchant Marine from 1943 through 1945. He sailed on 35-40 convoys that took him through dangerous waters and for this WWII service he was awarded The Mediterranean-Middle East War Zone Medal, the Atlantic War Zone Medal, the Merchant Marine Combat Bar, the WWII Victory Medal, the Honorable Service Medal and the Presidential Testimonial Letter of recognition and gratitude from President Harry Truman.
Upon his honorable discharge, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Robert H. Raymond S2 C was a member of the original crew which commissioned the U.S.S. Philippine Sea CV-47. Robert was at the helm as it embarked on its South Pole Expedition in 1946-1947. The primary mission of Operation Highjump was to establish the Antarctic Research Base, Little America IV. Robert served under the command of Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr. He had the privilege of having many private conversations with Admiral Byrd on the bridge of the Philippine Sea. This expedition earned him the Antarctic Service Medal and the Honorable Discharge in 1947.
Robert married his sweetheart, Dorothy, in 1949 and eventually settled with his two children in the Hudson Valley. He worked for the New York State Department of Corrections for 25 years. His professional accomplishments and commitment to excellence earned him respect and admiration by both inmates and fellow officers. It was during this time that he worked part time at the Pines Hotel in South Fallsburg. He started as a security officer and then controlled the spotlight for the many entertainers who performed during the hotel's hay day. He enjoyed the challenge of perfecting new skills and the interaction with the celebrities he met. Bob retired as a Lieutenant in 1987 and was then able to devote his time to his many lifelong interests. He found great pleasure in hunting, trap shooting, fishing, gardening, cooking, reading and acting as chauffeur for Dorothy. His love of family, including his loyal hound dogs, was his greatest joy. Everyone who knew Bob was entertained by his wide range of knowledge, by his wit and by his joke telling talent. He loved to learn and he loved to laugh; he took great pleasure in making others laugh as well.
His family would like to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude to Olga Ben and Luba Chiminec for the compassionate loving care they provided during Robert's later years. Their dedication to his well-being allowed him to remain in the comfort and security of his Kerhonkson home.
Bob is survived by his two children, Stephen L. Raymond and his wife Shari of Athol, NY and Susan R. Basch and her husband Eli of Kingston, one grandson, John Raymond of Albany, three nieces and three nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy McFeely Raymond, who passed in 2011, two brothers, Stanley Raymond and Walter Raymond.
Funeral Service and interment will be held privately.
Donations can be sent to the Kerhonkson Accord First Aid Squad, P.O.Box 67 Kerhonkson, NY 12446
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