Born in Duluth, MN, a son of the late Raymond Winchell and Margaret (Nordal) Thayer. He was a graduate of Duluth Country Day and the University of Mass at Amhurst.
He was a WWII Army Veteran serving in Germany, France and Belgium, obtaining the rank of Major.
Raymond was a renowned Landscape Architect working well into his 90’s until his eyesight started to fail. He was a mentor to many aspiring Landscape Architects and interned many URI students. He kept his mind active and sharp at the bridge table.
He was a life member of the Providence Art Club and a member of the Dunes Club in Narragansett. He was in numerous Professional Associations for Landscape Architects.
He leaves one daughter, Cristina Harsch and her husband William of Jamestown, 1 grandson, Philip Tickner and his partner Allen Sexton of Arlington, VA, a sister Ramona Long of Oceanside, CA, 2 great nieces, Molly Hall of Long Beach, CA and Stacy Hall of Eugene, OR.
The Funeral Service will be held Monday at 11am in the Monahan, Drabble & Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Street Providence to which relatives and friends are invited. Calling hours Sunday from 3 to 5 pm. Donations in his memory may be made to Memory and Aging Program, c/o Butler Hospital, 345 Blackstone Blvd, Providence, RI 02906.
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