TICONDEROGA - Raymond C. Thatcher, 69, of Ticonderoga, died on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care of Burlington, Vt.
Born in Ticonderoga, Aug. 15, 1944, he was the son of the late Carl and Katherine (Davis) Thatcher.
Raymond was a 1962 graduate of Ticonderoga High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Vietnam Era.
Mr. Thatcher was a life long resident of Ticonderoga and owner of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant of Ticonderoga for more than 30 years.
He served as Director of Emergency Services of Essex County from 1990 to 2008. He was a member of the Ticonderoga Fire Department, where he served as Chief and most recently Commissioner of the Department. He was a member and trustee of the Ticonderoga Historical Society and a dedicated and instrumental member of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
He was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law, Floyd Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Robbin L. (Ezzo) Thatcher; his children, Eric M. Thatcher of Warrensburg, Raymond C. Thatcher of Ticonderoga and his children, Carter and Carli Thatcher, Tarin P. Decker and her husband Thomas of Hague and their children, Raycia and Reegan Decker, Wendy S. Courtright and her husband, Matthew of Port Henry and their children, Megan Tatro and Alyssa Courtright, and Daniel S. Tatro and his wife Heidi of Burnt Hills and their children, Isabella, Dane and Gabriella; one brother, Carl Thatcher and his wife Jeanne of Ticonderoga; three sisters, Shirley Thompson of Ticonderoga, Carlene Wendell and her husband, Pete of Ticonderoga, and Kathi Frazier of Queensbury; his aunt Ruth Woods; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Ticonderoga. The Rev. Kevin D. McEwan, Pastor, will officiate. The Rite of Committal with Fireman and Military Honors will follow at the family plot of the Valley View Cemetery of Ticonderoga.
Donations in Ray's memory may be made to The Ticonderoga Historical Society, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga, NY 12883.