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Clifford Ray Thayer Jr., 95

READSBORO, Vt. — Clifford Ray Thayer Jr. 95, always known as Ray, passed away peacefully at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington where he had been a resident for just over a week . He had been active living in Williamstown and had even mowed his lawn in the past few weeks, however his health quickly began to digress after he suffered a fall breaking his pelvis.

Ray was born in West Haven, CT on September 26,1926, he was the son of Clifford R. and Edna (Hinklebin) Thayer Sr. He grew up in Connecticut where he attended local schools. Ray served his country in the US Army during World War II, he was an MP stationed in the Islands of Japan following the Hiroshima nuclear bomb blast where he monitored equipment disposal. He had worked on the highway crew for the Town of Readsboro, eventually working his way up to Road Foreman, he then went to work at Deerfield Glassine for many years, he ended his working career at New England Power Company.  In addition to Road Foreman, Ray served his community as a member of the Readsboro Fire Department and Town Constable. He was a Deputy with the Bennington County Sherriff’s Department and a member of the Readsboro American Legion.

He had enjoyed many trips traveling across the country , he could be often seen tinkering on something to fix it or make it better, even cars, something he loved to do. He was very fond of his canine companion Sheltie and missed her terribly. He leaves his children David Thayer of Clarksburg, MA, Craig (Johanne) Thayer of Readsboro, Kim (Nicole) Thayer of Readsboro and Susan (Karl Morrison) Thayer of Averill Park, NY, companion of over 30 years Winifred Herron of Williamstown, former wife Priscilla (Tower) Thayer of Readsboro, several grandchildren, great grand and great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers Robert and James Thayer and sister Ruth Alexander.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at the South Hill Cemetery in Readsboro on Friday July 29 at 2pm with Pastor Rick Gramlin officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home in Wilmington. To send personal condolences to the family, please visit

Obituary Provided By: Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral & Cremation Service

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I was one of Ray's caregivers with TLC. My heartfelt condolences to his family. He certainly was one of a kind. I always enjoyed my time with him & loved his stories. Rest easy Ray ?
from: Jane Schnopps on: 07-31-2022

Dave, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. May God be with you and the rest of your family at this time of sorrow
from: Deb(Braman) Strattonon: 07-29-2022

Condolences to you and your Family on the passing of your Father Ron and Elaine Stant
from: Davidon: 07-29-2022

Dave and family, My condolences on the passing of your father. May peace be with you all.
from: Jonathanon: 07-28-2022

Dave...Condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father.
from: Linda Maloneyon: 07-28-2022 Text Ads

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