West Brookfield – Raymond D. Banville (Moe) 90, of West Brookfield and formerly of Chicopee passed away unexpectedly into eternal life on May 4, 2022.
A Korean War veteran, he worked for Hamilton Standard after the war in the experimental department where he found his love for welding. Retired from Jahn Foundry Corp., Ray had many business ventures in Chicopee but his favorite was the love for his welding shop of over 20 years. In the early 80’s, Ray and his wife Pat, moved to West Brookfield to relax and enjoy the woods and outdoors.
Ray could always be found tinkering with something. He was the original Uber, taking anyone for a ride for a couple dollars.
He is predeceased by his loving wife Pat; his brothers, Eugene and Richard Banville; his sister Esther Gorski; his son, John Wheeler; his sisters-in-law, Claire and Jeannine Banville and his nephew, Donald Banville.
He leaves to cherish his memory; his son, James Banville and his girlfriend Kathy Sullivan; his daughters, Donna Patrick and Julie Black; his son Mark Wheeler and his wife Bonnie; his loving grandchildren, Ian and Allison Banville, Rachel and Courtney Patrick, Shein Wheeler, Shannon Canavan, Josh and Nathan Black, Mark, Emily and Adam Wheeler. His beloved great-grandchildren, Sarah, Cora, Ty, Serenity, Burgandy, Corie and Shane; his nephew, Dennis Banville and his family and niece, Debbie Slysz and her family as well as many friends from all around.
The family would like to thank all his friends and neighbors in West Brookfield for looking out for him and being a part of the stories and memories. He will be missed by ALL.
Funeral Services for Raymond will be held privately.
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield is assisting his family with arrangements.
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