Raymond Osgood Robinson, 91, passed away quietly March 3, 2013 at Quarry Hill in Camden. He was born Nov. 2, 1921 in Thomaston to Bernard A. and Dora Hastings Robinson the second of two sons.

He attended schools in Thomaston and graduated from Thomaston High School in the class of 1940. He starting working at Snows Shipyard in Rockland.

Like many young men, Raymond answered the “The Call” and enlisted in the Army where he joined many other men in training at Camp Edward in Massachusetts. He was shipped to France where he was attached to a medical unit and he spent one and a half years in Nice.

He was employed by Cushman’s Bakery, Clark Beverages and finally as a salesman for Morris Gordon & Son Welding Supply in Rockland. He married Gwendolyn Barlow Upham Nov. 17, 1973 and always maintained “it was the best thing I ever did.”

Raymond was a life member of Williams-Brazier American Legion Post 37 in Thomaston. He was also a devoted and active member of Orient Lodge AF & AM Masons in Thomaston and Major Gen. Henry Knox Lodge in Boston. He received his 50-year Veterans Medal in July 1996. He will be fondly remembered as a warm and merry “Santa Claus.” A role he assumed for many years with his wife Gwen, visiting nursing homes, children’s services and the Christmas lighting ceremonies in Thomaston. He was predeceased by his wife, Gwen; son, Robby and his elder brother, William and his wife Alice.

He is survived by his step-son, John W. Upham and his wife Lee-Ann of Thomaston; sister-in-laws, Louise Kelley of Bernard, Ruth Stevens of Rockland; and many cousins.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Village Cemetery in Thomaston to be announced.

Should friends desire, condolences may be sent to the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall’s Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 78 Main St., Thomaston, ME.