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“Donna and Family, May he rest in peace. My deepest sympathy for your loss.God Bless & Much Love,Mary ”
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Alfred Raymond Foster, 89, of Laurel Court in Burlington, died at his home on the feast of Saint Patrick on Saturday, March 17 2018. Ray was born on September 22, 1928 in Tilton, NH, the son of Leon Fecteau and Leda Fugere. He was raised at St. Patrick’s Orphanage, then St. Peter’s Orphanage in Manchester, NH, until he went to live with Olivine and Emile Guillemette, who warmly welcomed “Sonny” into their family. He graduated from Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH, and served as an MP in the Army. While working at Harvey’s Bakery in Rochester, NH, he met the love of his life, Claire Lanoie. They were married on June 24, 1950 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church. He raised his four daughters, worked as a salesman, coached basketball at Holy Rosary, and was involved in the parish Religious Education Program. He was “Dad” to the children at St. Charles Children’s Home. Also an avid sports fan, he very closely followed all his Boston teams. In 1977, Ray, Claire and son Gregory moved to Burlington, VT, where he became very involved in the community with Catamount Soccer and Engaged Encounter. He was active at the UVM Catholic Center and the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel, and worked at IBM. He continued to open his home and his heart to many friends who became extended family. He is survived by his wife Claire, daughters Janet Foster Farina, Donna Foster-Mendicino, and Colette Foster, and his son Gregory Foster. He also leaves beloved grandchildren: Nicholas and Elizabeth Farina, Jeremy and Micaela Mendicino, Claire Weston, and Emily and Sophia Foster; his sisters: Ruth Cormier of Laconia, NH, Florence Dostie and her husband Armand, and Anita Cassily of Rochester, NH; brother-in-law Normand Lanoie & his wife Annette, sister-in-law Helene Beauregard & her husband David; and many nieces & nephews. Ray’s family grew to include many, many close friends, particularly MaryAnn and Laura Garber, Bob Begley, and Sheara Billado. He was predeceased by his daughter Diane, who died on the Feast of St. Joseph 20 years ago. Thanks to Sr. Marie Feeley for bringing communion and talk of the Patriots and Red Sox each week, and to Barb Vezina and Melody Leach for their loving care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mark’s Church on North Ave in Burlington, VT on Wednesday, March 21 at 1 pm, preceded by visiting hours at the church beginning at 11 am. Internment of cremated remains will occur at a later date in the Memorial Garden at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington. In lieu of flowers to honor Ray’s memory and his generous heart for others, donations may be made to Martha’s Kitchen in St. Albans, VT (marthaskitchen802.org), or to another charity of your choice.

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