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CHARLES B. RAYMOND DIES AT 86; ACTIVE IN MASONS

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the United Methodist Church of Medina for Charles B. Raymond, a longtime Niagara Mohawk employee who was active in many area Masonic organizations. Burial will be in Millville Cemetery.

Raymond, 86, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 1990) in the United Church Colony Home in Gasport, where he had resided for the past 22 months.

Born in East Avon, Raymond lived in Middleport until 1910, when his family moved to Medina.

He worked for the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for 39 years, beginning as a meter reader and then demonstrating electric appliances. He later became a Niagara Mohawk rural representative, gaining easements for rights of way and selling electricity to farms. He retired in 1968.

But it was in the Masonic Order that Raymond became most well known. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Medina Lodge 336 F&AM, where he served as master in 1944; past high priest of the Medina Chapter of Royal Archmasons 281; member and past illustrious master of the Alpha and Omega Council of Royal and Select Masons 71; past commander of the Genesee Commandery 10; member of the Empire State Priory 46 of the Knights of the York Cross of Honor; and member of the Good Shepherd Tabernacle 30 of the Holy Royal Archknight Templar Priests of Buffalo, the Ismalia Shrine Temple of Buffalo, Order of the Eastern Star, the Lockport Shrine Club, and the Bruce Council of the Cryptic Rite of Royal Select Masters of Lockport.

He was also a member of the board of directors of the Orleans County Office of Aging, and was past president of the Medina Conservation Club.

Raymond's first wife, the former Esther Pettit, died in 1979.

He is survived by his wife since 1980, the former Ellen S. Harris; two daughters, Marilyn Mason of Lyndonville and Margo Phillips of Carmel, Calif.; a son, Robert H. of Boca Raton, Fla.; two sisters, Isabel Barrus of Buffalo and Irene Wells of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a brother, John of Latham; three stepsons, Robert, Donald and James Fogle of Lockport; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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