January 23, 2019

Thomas C. Raymond

Died Feb. 1, 2018


Fox News lost a loyal viewer and critic. As a result, the volume on the TV can now be turned down so his wife can hear herself think. And, pork bellies fell sharply as a result of losing a loyal bacon eater. On Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, Thomas Carl “Tom” Raymond, 73, passed away at his home in Alger, surrounded by his loved ones that were often, like daily, the brunt of his jokes, which he made right up to 48 hours before he passed.

He was born Dec. 10, 1944, in Flushing, with the notion of driving fast, living on the edge and getting him and his brother into all kinds of mischief, to Carl and Isabelle (Miller) Raymond, who predeceased him, obviously, from the stress.

Tom graduated from Flushing High in 1963, and went on to become a journeyman tool and die maker for GM, until 1968, when he decided being in the shop was not for him, and went into home construction, where over the course of 12 years, he built hundreds of homes in the Genesee and surrounding counties. He was a master at whatever he did, and from approximately 1980 until he and his wife retired in 2010, he was a finish carpenter in the Bloomfield Hills area, building custom trim and cabinetry in many beautiful homes. He loved to work with heavy equipment, watch the news, complain about the news, tease his loved ones, make others laugh and sit on his porch, looking out over the pond.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mavis; daughters, Karen (Lewis) Sanborn and Kris (Rick) Panetta from his previous marriage to Linda (Spinney) Kartes in 1964; stepsons, Tad (Karen) Scott and Christopher (Amy) Scott; sister, Bonnie (Henry) Melton of Florida; brother, Bryon (Penny) Raymond of Florida; grandsons, Layne Fournier and Zachary (Harley) Sanborn; step-grandchildren, Grace and Sophie Scott and Matthew Scott; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, at his place of worship.

Written by daughters Kris and Karen.


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