81, died suddenly September 29, 2015 after a brief illness. He was born in Providence, RI, the son of the late Mary Jane (Brisson) and Joseph Banville. Ray and his wife, the late Jeanne (Grenier) Banville, moved to The Villages in 1997. Jeanne passed on January 30, 2015.
They are survived by their two sons Michael and Marc, and their spouses, Sean and Meta, respectively. Ray is also survived by his brothers Jules of Walhalla, SC and Leonard of Warwick, RI, and his sister-in-law, Claire Deane of Chicago, IL. Ray has many family and friends in New England, Florida, Chicago, California and Canada.
Ray was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, RI and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked early on as a pattern maker, before settling into a career in the insurance industry as a fire protection engineer for commercial properties.
Ray was a much beloved coach and manager of youth hockey and little league baseball of his hometown of Lincoln, RI. He enjoyed Boston Bruins, Red Sox and New England Patriots games.
Ray was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and dear friend to many in The Villages of Lady Lake, FL. He was part of The Village’s Rhode Island Club, as well as Red Sox Nation and the Valle Verde Association. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, softball, golf and bowling, wood working, gardening and puttering around the house. He loved his seafood and dessert!
Two sets of services will be offered to celebrate Ray’s life. The first will be held in Lady Lake, FL with Rhode Island services to be held at a later date. Florida services will be held on Saturday, October 10 at St. Timothy Church, Lady Lake. Florida services have been entrusted to the care of Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lady Lake, FL. Online condolences can be left at www.beyersfuneralhome.com.
Rhode Island services will begin with calling hours and visitation on Friday, October 16 from 4:30-7:30 PM at the Lincoln Funeral Home, 1501 Lonsdale Avenue, Lincoln, RI 02865. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 AM at St. Jude’s Church, 301 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865. Interment will immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 259 West Wrentham Road, Cumberland, RI.
Memorial donations can be made by check to the Lincoln Little League (c/o John Sharkey, 2 School Street, PO Box 292, Albion, RI 02802) or a charity of your choice.
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