January 6, 1942 - August 9, 2014

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date August 30, 2014

Obituaries » RAYMOND E. MASSEY

MASSEY, RAYMOND E., 72, of Barre, and formerly of Brookfield, passed away peacefully on August 9 with his family by his side, after a short battle with cancer. Known by all as “Joe,” he was born on January 6, 1942 in Walden to Leona (Tibbets) Wheeler and Kenneth T. Massey of St. Johnsbury. He was raised by Leona and his stepfather, Lloyd Wheeler. He entered the Army in 1959 until 1962, and when discharged he married Patricia A. (Blondin) Massey until her passing in the early 1990s. He then married Jackie Hatch of Groton in 2000, and she passed away in 2004. He is survived by his brother, Larry Wheeler of Mass., and his sister, Lindy Lombard of East Barre. Predeceased are his parents, a brother, Frank Ranney, and his sisters Barbara Cadwell, Patricia Parker and Lynn Wheeler. Joe’s immediate family consists of a son, Michael Massey of Northern, Vt.; Donna Tomasi and husband Pete of Brookfield, Timothy Massey and wife Anna of Lancaster, N.C., and Brian Massey Sr. of Barre. Joe loved country music, working on cars, spending time in Groton, and spending time with his family. In particular, he was very close to his grandsons. He leaves behind a total of 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, with a particular closeness to his niece Carla Wheeler of Mass., who visited recently. Joe was a gentle and quiet man, and loved to laugh and joke. He will be missed by all that knew him and were touched by his humor and gentleness. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Methodist Church in Montpelier on Saturday, August 30th at noon, with a gathering of fellowship and lunch after the service. Burial will take place privately by family at a later date.

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