GREENVILLE – J. Raymond Aucoin, 85, died June 17, 2008, at C.A. Dean Nursing Home, after a period of declining health. He was born June 24, 1922, in Greenville, the oldest child of James and Elizabeth (White) Aucoin, who had emigrated from Newfoundland, Canada, a few years previous. Raymond was a lifelong resident of Greenville, his only extended absence being his three and one half-year service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1941 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after the outbreak of the war. He served in the Pacific aboard the USS Sala-maua, which survived numerous kamikaze attacks and a typhoon so ferocious that the huge aircraft carrier almost capsized. He was onboard the Salamaua as it served as support to the USS Missouri during the surrender signing in Tokyo Bay. After the war, he returned home to Greenville, married his high school sweetheart, Helene (Conley), raised six children and worked as a woodsman, first for his father, then as an independent contractor and finally, with his son, Greg. He loved to golf, fish and hunt, but the greatest love of his life was his family, his beloved wife, Helene, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong communicant of Holy Family Catholic Church, Greenville. Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Helene; five children, James of Bangor, Barbara and her husband, John Crossman, of Milo, Terrence and his wife, Denise, of Greenville Junction, Michael of Portland, and Charles and his wife, Jennifer, of Greenville Junciton. He was predeceased by his son, Greg, in 2000. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Leanna Aucoin of Green-ville Junction; four sisters, Rita Johnson of Manchester, N.J., Geneva Ainaire of Bangor, Elaine and her husband, James McDonough, of Auburn and Teresa and her husband, Hugh Davis, of Shirley; 12 grandchildren, Alissa, Aaron, Gregory, David, Keith, Ryan, Thomas, Rance, Diane, Kahla, Cole and Charlotte; five great-grandchildren, Evan, Alexa, Dakota, Fallon and Liam; brother-in-law, William Conley of Rochester, N.H.; sisters-in-law, Priscilla Conley of Bangor, Rita (Conley) and her husband, Carl Hirsch, of Weston, Mass., and Kathleen Conley of Albion; many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends. The family wishes to thank the staff of C.A. Dean Hospital and Nursing Home, for their caring professionalism and many acts of kindness shown to our father during the last six months. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Richard Malo officiating. Burial will be at Greenville Cemetery. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments after the Mass in the church community room. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Greenville. For an online guest register, go to