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Raymond Felix Bushway "Ray", 75, Bethlehem, NH, and Zephyrhills, FL, died Saturday March 31st, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa FL. He was born in 1942 in Bellows Falls, VT to Thelma M (Whitney) and Raymond J. Bushway. He graduated from Littleton High School in 1960 and enlisted in the US Army in September of that year. On July 14, 1962 he married Carol J. Corey. Ray was honorably discharged in 1963 after serving with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Ray and Carol made their home in Bethlehem, raising four children. Ray worked as a pipe fitter at the Gilman Paper Mill for 22 years and served his community as Selectman for 9 years. He was a member of the Fraternal order of the Eagles, The Elks in St. Johnsbury, and the Moose Lodge in Zephyrhills, FL. He enjoyed camping at Sugar Ridge in VT, horseshoes, tennis, pickleball, corn hole, and attending auctions with his best bud Andy. Ray was the greatest husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, his greatest joy was being with his family and friends.
Ray is predeceased by his parents, and a sister, Shirley Place and his beloved dog Lucy. He is survived by his wife Carol (Corey) Bushway, of Bethlehem, four children, Jeffery S. Bushway, of Littleton, NH, Jon A. Bushway and his girl friend Kerry of Bethlehem, NH, Shelley R. Bushway and her husband Jeffery Malcolm of Meredith, NH, and Jacki L. Troy and her husband Christopher of Northwood, NH, nine grandchildren, Michael S. Leslie, Kayla Tocci (Leslie), Ashley Lavoie (Colonel), Zachary Bushway, Sadie Bushway, Brody Bushway, Haley Bushway, Tyler Troy, and Samantha Troy, three great-grandchildren, Jaylin Leslie, Dakota Leslie, and Stella Tocci, a sister Michelle Dinan, and two brothers Steven and William Bushway, as well as 27 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews, his best friend Andy Cormier and his wife Rejeanne.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 705, Washington, DC 20063. Special thanks to the doctors and staff at the James A. Haley Veteran Hospital. Visiting Hours will be at the Ross Funeral Home, 282 West Main St. Littleton, NH on Friday April 6, 2018 from 6 to 8PM. Fr. Mark Dollard will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Saturday April 7, 2018 at 11AM.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
1730 M Street NW, Suite 705, Washington DC 20063