Dick Raymond
Clarinet, Saxophone
July 8, 1937 Ė April 29, 2012

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Dick Raymond was a musicianís musician. His musical journey began in the third grade, and like many of us, he placed it on hold during the years of rearing children and working long hours. He joined Dallas New Horizons Band in itís fledgling years, when 20 members showing up was a good day ! Dick was instrumental in both the founding and the continuation of UpSwing swing band, formerly "The Pacemakers". Dick always gave it his best effort, and would work with individuals in helping them to improve their skills. When the future of UpSwing looked uncertain, Dick stepped in and reorganized the group . Dickís ultimate goal was to return to a small Maine village, where he and his wife, Astrid, had some property and a home. He accomplished this and spent some years playing in musical groups in the area. Apparently, these groups were very challenging, and Dick enjoyed this, since he was always up for a challenge! He and Astrid also spent time volunteering in the local Music Library, and Iím sure that he will be missed by all. Check out pictures below of Dick and the Pacemakers playing their first concert in Greg Ayers back yard in the band's beginning year of 2005.

Click here for a video of the Pacemakers in action.

"A manís greatness is measured by the lives he has touched." As a husband, father, grandfather, musician and friend to so many, Richard Nelson Raymond has touched many lives in many ways. And to them he was a great man. Our loss became heavenís gain when he left us to be with our Lord, April 29, 2012, after a courageous battle with heart disease. Dick was born July 8, 1937, in Boston.

He was raised in Portland and graduated from Deering High School. He graduated from Northeastern University and pursued a career in computer sales and marketing. He lived in Richardson, Texas for more than 40 years before retiring to his heaven on earth on Toddy Pond in Maine.

He leaves behind Astrid Mattson Raymond, his loving wife of 52 years; his daughter, Katherine Sorce and husband, Joseph, of Dallas; son, Richard Jr. and wife, Elena, of Phoenix; and grandchildren, Sarah and Joseph Sorce and Connor and Julia Raymond; brother, Donald Raymond of Yarmouth; and sister, Betty Boothby of Concord, N.H. He was predeceased by his father, Harvey Nelson Raymond and mother, Doris Dillingham Raymond.