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Raymond Coderre
  • August 21, 1945
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  • April 18, 2019

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After a courageous battle with cancer, Raymond R. Coderre died peacefully on April 18, 2019 in Ormond Beach, Florida at the age of 73. He was an honest, ethical and dedicated community member. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years, former State Representative Elaine Coderre; his children whom he was so proud of, Bob Coderre and his wife Neicy, former State Senator Tom Coderre, Karen Barber and her husband Calvin; his six cherished grandchildren, Joey, Hannah, Jack, David, Calvin and Sashi; and his great granddaughter Elora Grace. Family was everything to him and he sacrificed much to make sure his children had a better life than he did.

Ray was born on August 21, 1945 in Providence to Russell and Emily Coderre, who both predeceased him. He grew up in a working class neighborhood in Pawtucket with his three brothers, Joe, Bill and Paul. He graduated Saint Raphael Academy in 1963 where he played football and spring track. He served six years in the Rhode Island National Guard and received an honorable discharge as a Specialist 4th Class. His assignments included Select Reserve Force Combat Engineer, the 118th Dump Truck Support Group, working in the motor pool, working at Camp Varnum, and building Buck Hill in Burrillville.

His first jobs were at Burger Chef in East Providence and Providence Braid Company however, most of his professional career was spent at the Jewelers Board of Trade where he was a business analyst for nearly 30 years. He was active in the National Association of Credit Mangers and was voted credit executive of the year in 1992. His favorite jobs were Newport Creamery where he was a store manger from 1968-1975 and the Rhode Island Auditor General’s Office where he was an auditor. While he started at Bryant University after graduating high school, he left due to family responsibilities. After raising his children, he returned to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 majoring in marketing. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school or college.

Ray was very active in his local community and was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce where he became the President of the Pawtucket Jaycees and District Director for the Rhode Island Jaycees. He received many local, regional and national awards including induction into the Unied States Jaycees Hall of Fame in 1981. However, his most treasured achievement was being named JCI Senator #27406 and life member in 1979, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member by Junior Chamber International for outstanding service to the organization. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus – Father Eamonn Gill Council 13018 at St. Brendan – the Navigator – Catholic Church in Ormond Beach and previously Delaney Council 57 in Pawtucket.

He was a fan of New England sports teams, especially the Boston Red Sox, the Pawsox and the New England Patriots. He and his wife vacationed every year at Sunrise Beach Club in Daytona Beach and chose to retire there in 2015. In retirement, he enjoyed attending the Daytona Tortugas baseball games, playing in the Greater Daytona Beach Senior Softball League, spending time at the YMCA, Senior Center and attending concerts, lectures and other events in the local area. He also continued to be active in the JCI Senate and attended meetings, conventions and other activities throughout Florida and on the east coast.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 3rd at 5:45pm in St. Joseph Church at Holy Family Parish, 195 Walcott Street, Pawtucket. Family will greet visitors beginning at 5pm. A collation will be held immediately following the service in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 422 Post Rd #102, Warwick, RI 02888. Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society of Central & Southwest Florida is handling arrangements.

 

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  1. 17 May 2019
    Herb Teschke says:
    Ray Coderre was a true Jaycee from. start to finish.
    He ended as a Jaycee senator, the highest award a member can earn. At the time he became a Senator, there were 330,000 jaycees across this country, each and every year.
    Really will miss Ray.
    Herb Jeschke
    JC Senator #16540

  2. 03 May 2019
    Janet & Carmine says:
    I admired Ray for the man and father his was, He will be missed. I truly enjoyed his stories and his financial advice for many many years.

  3. 02 May 2019
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  4. 01 May 2019
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  7. 01 May 2019
    Renee and Woody Hall says:
    We met Ray and Elaine when they moved in their house in Ormond Beach. We own a house across the street and spend time there throughout the year. What wonderful people. It was like having an extended family. We will miss Ray very much. He was the most cheerful person always. God bless Elaine and their wonderful family.

  8. 30 Apr 2019
    The Rhode Island JAYCEE Alliance & JCI Senate * JAYCEE Alumni Association says:
    The Rhode Island JAYCEE Alliance ~ with the RI JCI Senate, JAYCEE Alumni and its Junior Chamber Network, extend their deepest thoughts of prayerful reflection and heartfelt sympathies of fraternal love & loyalty, to the families & friends of the late, beloved,  RAYMOND R. CODERRE.

     Our entire JAYCEE family from all ages, persuasions and backgrounds honor his outstanding service to family, country, commerce & community as an extraordinary model citizen, husband, father, friend and leader.

    Let us together petition Our Almighty & True GOD and Living Savior, to Bless 'RAY"  with such a memorable and outstanding legacy he offered to family, friends, country and community, into the Forever Kingdom of Glory - AMEN - ALLELUIA!

    With Eternal and Fraternal Love, We Are, the Rhode Island Junior Chamber ('JAYCEES') Alliance, (Rhode Island JCI Senate & JAYCEE Alumni Association).

  9. 30 Apr 2019
    Russ M ARTIN says:
    MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE ENTIRE CODERRE FAMILY-MAY YOU FIND PEACE IN YOUR THOUGHTS OF RAY'S LIFE WHICH HE ENJOYED.I'VE KNOWN BOB FOR 40 YEARS & KNOW HE WILL MISS HIS DAD.RAY ALWAYS HAD A SMILE WHEN I SAW HIM & LOVED TO TALK ABOUT THE RED SOX WHO HE LOVED TO WATCH & ROOT FOR. MAY GOD'S BLESSINGS COMFORT YOU ALL
    RUSS MARTIN

  10. 30 Apr 2019
    Henry P. Petcavage says:
    Ray had many good times at Saints,you will be remembered in my daily Prayers,my condolences to Elaine and the Family.God Bless you all. Henry P. Petcavage (Cat)

  11. 30 Apr 2019
    BILL AND MARY says:
    RAY WAS A FINE GENTLEMAN AND FRIEND AND AS A MEMBER OF THE PAWTUCKET JAYCEES HE WAS A FOUNDER AND MOVING FORCE IN THE CREATION OF THE CHILDRENS MUSEUM IN PAWTUCKET. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH ELAINE AND RAY'S FAMILY ..

    BILL AND MARY LOU CATELLI

  12. 30 Apr 2019
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  13. 30 Apr 2019
    Laurie Scripsack says:
    TO Karen and her family, what a wonderful life he lead. I know Karen personally and her love for her Dad. Karen, you are such a wonderful person which I know is a tribute to your Dad. Love is surrounding you.

  14. 30 Apr 2019
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  16. 30 Apr 2019
    John wilcox says:
    R.I.P Ray you were a great friend to me and helped me out many times and for that I thank you.
    God Bless

  17. 30 Apr 2019
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    Lit since April 30, 2019 at 4:06:28 AM

  18. 29 Apr 2019
    Kerri Wilcox posted an image:
    May your light always shine and guide your family. You will be forever missed. Love always Kerri
    May your light always shine and guide your family. You will be forever missed. Love always Kerri

  19. 29 Apr 2019
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  20. 29 Apr 2019
    William Thystrup posted an image:
    Breakfast with my extended family
    Breakfast with my extended family

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  24. 29 Apr 2019
    Kim Newlin posted an image:
    Ray enjoying Senate meeting
    Ray enjoying Senate meeting

  25. 29 Apr 2019
    Gina Stanford says:
    Bob, Tom, Karen and family...

    Your father was a true testimony of what this world should be made of.... kindness, loyalty, trustworthiness. He was a great man with a big heart and a big smile and although I only met him a handful of times, I felt like I knew him forever. Prayers and blessings for you and your entire family. Let the love you shared live through all of those great memories that you have of a great man!!
    Love to you all,

    Bruce, Gina, and kids!!
    XXXXXXOOOOOO

  26. 29 Apr 2019
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    Lit since April 29, 2019 at 4:10:25 PM

  27. 29 Apr 2019
    Donna O'Sullivan Hall says:
    Ray was a great man. His children have followed his example. My heart goes out to all of you. Elaine, God and Ray will watch over you. Bless all of you. May Ray rest in peace.

  28. 29 Apr 2019
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    Lit since April 29, 2019 at 4:27:11 PM

  29. 29 Apr 2019
    Lisa and Michael says:
    Remember the happy, remember the glad
    Most importantly let yourselves be sad.
    Let the tears flow don't hold them in, it's called grieving...and it's ok to begin
    Know your dad is in a safe place
    You all can now be at peace

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  35. 29 Apr 2019
    Janice Pappas says:
    He really was a great man and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. You will be missed my friend!! For the family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!