Raymond Earl "Ray" Cross, 68, died unexpectedly and peacefully at home Sept. 2, 2018. He was born Dec. 6, 1949..

Raymond graduated from Belfast Area High School in 1968. He then graduated from Central Maine Vocational-Technical Institute in 1970. He graduated from the Army Training Center Infantry Division out of Fort Dix, N.J., and was a paratrooper in the Army Airborne Division based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., 1st BN (ABN) 505th INF and Fort Ord, Calif., where he received the National Defense Service Medal and Parachute Badge.

Raymond was a motor enthusiast, taking great pleasure in riding his motorcycle. He loved hunting and firearms and enjoyed the outdoors. He had a green thumb and could often be found working in his beautiful vegetable garden when he was home. Raymond was a hard worker, and was a project manager at Vision Builders of Rockport, where he was employed for 36 years.

Raymond will be deeply missed by his wife, Carolyn; his sons Jason and Kevin and Jason’s wife, Megan. Raymond is also survived by his stepchildren, Kimberly and Dalton; his mother, Carrie Cross, of Belmont; two brothers, Gary and wife Michelle, and their children, Garret and Megan and her husband, Buddy; Doug and his wife, Lois, and Doug’s children, Gavin, Cody and Brian. Raymond also is survived by the mother of his sons, Kathi, of Bangor; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of Raymond’s life will be held at the Waldo County Shrine Club, 20 Northport Ave., Belfast, Sunday, Sept. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in his name to Waldo County Habitat for Humanity at info@waldocountyhabitat.org or may send a check to Waldo County Habitat For Humanity, 93 High St., Belfast, ME 04915.

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