Mr. Raymo, a native of Wilmington, VT, was born on June 24, 1938, the oldest son of Richard Paul Raymo, of Franklin and Dorothy Alicia Day, of Wilmington. He was a graduate of the University of Vermont in 1965 and valedictorian of Wilmington High School, class of 1956, and was also an honorary alumnus and contributor to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst athletic department. He owned W.W. Building Supply Inc. in Newfane and Wilmington for more than 35 years.
Mr. Raymo is survived by his wife, Diane Clouthier Raymo, and their beloved blended family of children: Richard Raymo Jr., of Florum Park, NJ, Robin Smith, of Woodbridge, VA, Stephanie Del Corso of Treasure Island, FL, by his former wife Nancy Livingston, of NC, and Diane Raymo’s daughter Amy Shea Hatinen, of Wesley Chapel, NC; along with his grandchildren, Ashleigh and Lucas Hansen, Jack Raymo, Alexa and Dominique Del Corso, and Rowan and Teigan Hatinen. He is also survived by his siblings, James Raymo, of East Dover, VT, Bartley Raymo, of Wilmington, VT, and Isabel Raymo Rice, of Portland, ME. His wonderful family included numerous nieces and nephews, of whom he was very proud.
He was predeceased by his father, Richard Paul Raymo; mother, Dorothy Alicia Day; and brother Michael Alan Raymo, US Army; and by his first and last daughters, Kimberly Janeway Raymo and Jennifer Alicia Raymo.
He served 28 continuous years on the board of trustees of Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. He stands out as one of the most faithful volunteers and supporters, serving on many committees that provided steady growth and continual success of the hospital. He was an outstanding citizen in the town of his birth, always returning to his roots to provide support and help to serve his community through membership in the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and United Way. Mr. Raymo also volunteered in community activities, supported local arts as well as the theater, and was always generous in his support of the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry and Deerfield Valley Community Cares heat fund for local citizens in need. Mr. Raymo was a generous supporter of the Families First Vermont Organization in memory of his beloved daughter Kimberly Raymo.
Mr. Raymo lived for his passion as a true baseball fan, always cheering on his beloved New York Yankees in the sea of surrounding Boston Red Sox fans. His annual spring sojourn to Florida marked the beginning of the baseball season and filled him with anticipation of the upcoming season.
He was a member of the Society for Baseball Research (SABR) and active within the Negro Leagues Committee in the study of the historic black baseball clubs celebrating many silent players not recognized in today’s popular game. He was never conventional and supported “unsung” baseball heroes whenever he could. He was also an active member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date to be held in Wilmington. Mr. Raymo will be interred with his two daughters, Kimberly and Jennifer, as well as his parents and grandparents, in Riverview Cemetery, Stowe Hill Road, Wilmington, VT.
To celebrate his life of volunteerism donations may be made to Grace Cottage Hospital, 185 Grafton Road, Townshend, VT 05353, in Mr. Raymo’s name. To send condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.