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Raymond Winchell Thayer

October 9, 1919 February 20, 2017
Raymond Winchell Thayer
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Raymond Winchell Thayer, 97, of Atria at Harbor Hill, after a life well lived, died Monday at Rhode Island Hospital with his family at his side. He was the husband of the late Jean (Turgeon) Thayer. They were married for 60 years. They enjoyed entertaining their many friends and traveling the world. They lived in East Greenwich.
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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