Raymond “Ray” Edward Fearnley, 70, of Rochester, NH, passed away peacefully at Mass General Hospital on Oct. 19, 2022, after a three-month battle with esophageal cancer.
Born in Boston, Mass., and a 1970 graduate of Hudson (MA) High School, Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He spent most of his working lifetime, 42 years, as an electrical engineer at General Electric in Somersworth, NH (now Hubbell Incorporated).
A beloved husband and father whose smile and laugh were infectious, Ray spent the past 35 years married to Ellen (McPherson) Fearnley of Danville, NH, and raising their two children, Charlene Fearnley of Monson, ME, & Michael Fearnley of Dover, NH.
Typically, Ray spent many weekends enjoying the greens of local country clubs. When he wasn’t swinging a golf club, he could be found enjoying a glass of red wine, a cigar, and a good story; walking the many nature trails in Rochester as part of his fitness regime; and cheering on the New England Patriots. In the winter, he often carved up the ski slopes of the NH White Mountains or tinkered in his basement workshop creating better design. Ray loved to travel and had recently started a tradition of traveling to Ireland for golf.
Among the family’s fondest memories is Ray’s enthusiasm for giving the best and most well-researched gifts for the sheer pleasure of bringing joy to others.
In addition to his wife and children, Ray is survived by daughter-in-law Becky (Hayden) Fearnley of Dover, NH; brother-in-law Donny Spencer, mother Arlene Fearnley and sister Linda Burhans of Hudson, MA. He was predeceased by his father Raymond Fearnley and sister Cindy Spencer.
The family will honor Ray with a celebration of life in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Seacoast Cancer Center at Wentworth Douglass Hospital would be greatly appreciated.
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