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Oct 3, 2017 2:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Evremonde John Raynor Of North Sea Dies September 25

Evremonde Raynor
Oct 3, 2017 2:22 PM

Evremonde John Raynor of North Sea, known to many of his friends and relatives as “Pete,” died at home on September 25, 2017. He was 92. He was an 11th generation descendant of Thurston Raynor, who sailed to Lynn, Massachusetts, from Ipswich, England, in 1634, and later served as a magistrate in the early days of the settlement of Southampton.

Mr. Raynor was born July 24, 1925, in Southampton, the son of Charles Evremonde Raynor and Agnes Hill Raynor. Throughout his life, he lived in Southampton, graduating from Southampton High School in 1943, and serving in the Merchant Marine as a radio operator on ships hauling munitions during the war years of 1943 to 1946.

He was active in the North Sea Fire Department from the time of its founding in 1934, serving as a junior member during his youth, and as a regular member for most of his adult life. He served as chief of the department for a period in the late 1950s. He was a former commissioner of the fire district, and a supporter and longtime committee member of the North Sea Fire Department Scholarship program.

After returning from his World War II service, he worked several years for Mackay Radio in the hills north of Southampton Village, and afterward for the New York Telephone Company, until his retirement in 1982.

On May 14, 1947, he married Marie Jacqueline Halyburton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known to friends and relatives as “Holly”; she predeceased him in 2011. They made their home on Noyac Road in North Sea, where they raised seven children: Joe, Dave, Mike and Peggy Raynor, all of Southampton; Kathy Raynor Wik of Florida; Debbie Raynor Schultz of Washington; and Barbara J. Raynor of Baltimore, all of whom survive. In addition to his seven children, he is survived by 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Raynor Eames and husband William Abt of Connecticut.

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