Raymond A. Sheffield

  • Born: April 26, 1939
  • Died: December 15, 2020
  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts

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605 Washington St
PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375

Tel. (508) 238-4269

Tribute & Message From The Family

Raymond Albert Sheffield II was the son of Raymond Albert Sheffield and Margaret Mary (O'Brien) Sheffield. He passed away on December 15, 2020 at the age of 81 at Baypointe Rehab Center in Brockton, where he had been a resident since June.

His hobbies were photography, country and western dancing, downhill skiing, and computers. He also enjoyed the fellowship at the Brockton YMCA and rooting for the Red Sox. For many years he was an amateur genealogist; he researched his family, relatives, and friends. He traced his roots to the Mayflower and beyond.

He was born in Somerville and grew up in Milton. He lived in Randolph and then in Brockton for 30 years. Since 2014 he had lived in North Easton and enjoyed his daily lunches with his fellow residents at the Easton Senior Housing complex. A veteran of the US Army, he served in Germany from 1962 to 1964 as a radar mechanic.

He was active in the Catholic Church. He was a baptism greeter and taught CCD for many years.

Ray was a retired Marketing Manager, working many years at Peterson Products in Holbrook. He also had a Construction Supervisors license from the Commonwealth of MA and the City of Boston and served as a Notary Public for many years. He attended Archbishop Williams High School and held a BA degree from UMass Boston and an MBA degree from Suffolk University.

He is survived by his adoring children, daughter Patty (and husband Rick) Gallagher of Norfolk, MA; son Ray (and wife Heidi) Sheffield of Northville, MI; and daughter Christine (and husband Greg) Fioretti of Freehold, NJ. He was a cherished grandfather to Adam and Shannon Gallagher; Nick, Alex, and Griffin Fioretti; and Lauren Sheffield. He was a loving brother to Sister Margaret Mary Sheffield, O.P., of Sinsinawa, WI; Cathy (and husband Keith) Durham of Plymouth, MA; Bob (and late wife Mary) Sheffield of Milton, MA; and the late Peggy (and husband Don) Connors, formerly of Duxbury, MA. He was also beloved by many nieces and nephews.

Although Ray would have wanted his friends and family to gather and reminisce at his funeral, the services and burial will be private because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Condolences may be expressed online at www.kanefuneralhome.com Donations may be made in Ray's memory to Old Colony Hospice at www.oldcolonyhospice.org.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My family was fortune enough to have Ray as a neighbor for 10 years. Ray's kindness and gentle personality made a lasting impression on our children. Upon hearing the news, many vivid recounts of our conversations on the Red Sox or the inclement New England weather passed through my mind. Even as I write this, I can taste the many fine dishes that he shared with our family. He will be missed not only for his conversation, but for his warmth and generosity.

Posted by EDWARD ASMUTIS - BROCKTON - Neighbor   January 02, 2021

Ray and I became acquainted through Ancestry.com. We shared a 5th ggrandfather, and as my branch of the Sheffields left RI in the early 1800's, you can imagine the thrill to reconnect with my long lost cousin!

On a trip to New England in 2012, I met Ray in the vicinity of the still standing old family homestead, in Charlestown, RI. We had lunch together and I was so glad to spend time with such a wonderful man. His interest in the family genealogy amazed me, since he started out the old fashioned way. No computers and a lot of leg work. Over the years that followed, we exchanged information that was enlightening and exciting for both of us.

Ray will truly be missed by many, as his sweet demeanor and wit were unforgettable. My wife Helene and I want to extend our deepest condolences to Ray's immediate family.

Posted by Bill Sheffield - Freeport, FL - Family   December 20, 2020

I have a memory that goes back a long ways. In the late 60's or early 70's Ray and Bob were in California for some reason. They surprised my mother, Mildred (O'Brien) Taylor with a visit. Mother was so excited she called me to come over and see them and say hi. I don't think they ever realized how much it meant to mother that the came to see her.

Posted by Margaret Watson - Corvallis, OR - Family   December 19, 2020