BRUNSWICK — Clinton Ray, 65 of Brunswick passed away Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Bodwell House with his family by his side after a year long courageous battle with kidney cancer.

Clinton was born in Majestic Kentucky on October 20, 1946. Son of Virginia Tennessee ( Dotson) and John Nelson Ray Sr. He was educated in the Majestic School System. At the age of 19 Clinton was drafted in to the Army during the Vietnam War with the Fourth Infantry Divison from 1967 to 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam he joined the Navy and was station at the Brunswick Naval Air Station with Fleet Air Wing 3 in 1969. While stationed at BNAS he met the love of his life Karen Ann Paulin of Bath. They married April 1, 1972. Clint worked as a pipe coverer at BIW until retirement 1988. Clint was the Kettle coordinator for the Salvation Army in Bath for 22 years.

He was predeceased by both parents, 4 brothers; Clyde, Tenness, Leon and Darrell and one sister Lillian.

Clinton is survived by his love of 42 years Karen Ann Ray, two children who made him so proud a son Clinton Joseph Ray and his wife Chelsea of Portland, a daughter Margaret Virginia ( Ray) Merrill and her husband Greg of Brunswick; Five grandchildren who became the center of his universe four grandsons; William Joseph Ray, Connor Adam Ray of Bath, Braydon Wayne Merrill of Brunswick and Michael Sebastian Ray of Portland and one granddaughter Destiny Rae- Ann Merrill of Brunswick. 5 siblings 3 brothers; Turner Ray of Kentucky, John Nelson Ray Jr. of West Virginia and Randy Ray of Virginia; 2 sisters; Dorothy Lester, and Jamie Forntier both of Virginia, as well as several nieces and nephew.

A celebration of Clinton’s life will take place at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High Street, Bath on Friday February 3rd from 2-4pm. A gathering will take place for all who would like to join the family at the Bounty Restaurant located at the Holiday Inn in Bath from 4-6PM. To share your thoughts and condolences with Clinton’s family please visit www.desmondfuneralhomes.com.

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