Obituary for Real P. "Ray" Labrie
Bath - Real P. Labrie, 77, formerly of Buxton, died in his home on Monday, March 12, 2018. Real, or “Ray” as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada on October 15, 1940, a son of Paul and Blanche (Frechette) Labrie. He attended South Portland schools and graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1961 where he began his career as an aviation electrician qualified to service and repair the Douglas Skyhawk, a jet-propelled attack aircraft of the Navy and Marine Corps. After his service with the Marines, Ray was employed by Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland where he worked for many years, eventually leaving to take a job as a marine electrician at Bath Iron Works in Portland, and then later in Bath, where he retired in 2006.
Throughout his life Ray enjoyed going for drives, sometimes to the White Mountains to see the foliage and maybe go for a short hike, or along the coast in search of a good lobster roll. He also loved to travel, especially to North Carolina, Florida and Canada to visit with his family. During his visits he could always be counted on for a good joke, a good story, or a good margarita. He was especially proud if his granddaughter Allison and felt blessed that he was able to see her graduate from college last spring.
Ray was an active member of Most Holy Trinity in Saco, where he made many wonderful friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Celeste A. Freeman and her fiancé Russ Rocknak of Bath, his granddaughter, Allison Ray Freeman of Bath, his mother, Blanche Paquette of North Carolina, two brothers, Claude Labrie and his wife Janice of Florida and Donald Labrie and his wife Laurie of Buxton, three sisters, Francine Landry and her husband Ray of North Carolina, Claire Labrie of Portland and Christiane Godbout of Portland, and many nieces and nephews, who all loved him dearly.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street, Saco. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford with military honors.
Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath. Condolences may be made online at www.DaigleFuneralHome.com.