WATERTOWN – Raymond Earl Foster, 87, of Haley Street, Watertown, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Carthage Center Nursing & Rehabilitation with his family by his side where he had been a resident for several months.
Born Sept. 6, 1932, in Carthage, NY, a son of the late James and Corleen (Wells) Foster, he graduated from Carthage High School in 1950.
In 1951 he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as a fireman apprentice during the Korean War until 1955.
In his early years he worked at St. Regis Paper Mill and then went on to work for the OGS. He was later employed as a stationary engineer director of facilities maintenance control with the New York State Office of General Services, department of transportation for 17 years retiring in 1986 due to ill health.
On Sept. 29, 2006, he married Elsa Togonon.
He was a member of the North Side Improvement League, the Black River Fiddlers, Watertown Eagles Club and the BCBG Brownville Senior Citizens Club. He is a retired and exempt member of the Carthage Fire Department. Ray was an 11-year member of the Watertown American Legion Post 61, and a 25-year member of the Watertown Elks Club Post 496.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Elsa; several children; a son, Craig Foster of Watertown; Crystal, Cathy, Carron, Calvin, Timothy, and Raymond Jr. and a sister, Connie Mulcahy of Watertown; 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Donald Foster and James Foster Jr. and Robert Foster, two sisters, Betty Adkins and Carolyn Adriane.
Ray enjoyed hunting especially deer and watching the Yankees ball game and the Syracuse Orange basketball teams.
A graveside service with The Rev. Canon Samuel P. Lundy officiating with Naval military honors rendered will be held privately by his family at the Fairview Cemetery in Carthage where he will be entombed in his mausoleum.
Arrangements are entrusted to Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.