Raymond James Donnellan

Raymond James Donnellan, 98, of Lake Placid passed away April 9, 2018, surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 3, 1919, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of late Edward James and Mary Ellen (Walker) Donnellan. Raymond was one of five children. He attended Billerica Memorial High School in Billerica, Massachusetts. On July 22, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as machinist’s mate second class in World War II. He re-enlisted on May 20, 1947, and served in the Korean War. He received honorable discharge April 30, 1955.

He married Geraldine Marie Pelkey on Oct. 10, 1953, in Lake Placid. She preceded him on July 30, 2000.

Raymond worked as a butcher for the Lake Placid Club for two decades. He continued his employment at the Lake Placid Hilton, where he could always be found carving at the popular Sunday Brunch. He retired at the young age of 85 and spent his free time as an amateur radio operator. He could always be found cheering on his beloved sports teams: the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

Raymond is survived by his two daughters and sons-in law: Carol and Mark Lawrence of Lake Placid, and Nancy and Thomas Crowley of The Villages, Florida; three granddaughters: Courtney Morrill (Scott), Ashley Bartholf (Ryan) and Justine Lawrence; one grandson, Ryan St. Louis (Laurianne); 12 great-grandchildren; his sister Barbara Bacci of Billerica, Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, his wife Geraldine, his brothers Melvin and Edward, and his sister Mary Little.

A graveside service will be held at St. Agnes Cemetery later in the spring. The M.B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends wishing to remember Raymond can make memorial donations to Hero Dogs Inc. and are invited to share a memory or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.