Raymond Fearnley

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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  1. Jennifer Stevens on November 2, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I am so very saddened by the loss of this great man. I’ve seen Ray every month for over 20 years for haircuts. I will miss our wonderful conversations, joking and laughing. He definitely had the most wonderful head of hair. A wonderful husband and father. I will truly miss you Ray. Love and strength to his beautiful family. 🙏❤️🙏

  2. Carol Ann Marchant on November 20, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Dearest Ellen .and family,
    Yesterday my sister Jean brought to my attention that Ray had passed it is with deepest heartfelt empathy for your Los have a great man whose smile and laugh I will never forget all these years of not even seeing him it’s still fresh in my mind because it was so deep and so genuine it’s with tears of Sorrow that I write this to you Ellen I wish I could be there to hold you and my love goes out to your children and your children’s children sorry haven’t kept up very well I would like to keep in touch I know that Ray is Dancing with the angels and I’m sure I know he’s had a meeting with my my mom and dad and Cindy what a blessed anointing that day will be when we all get together and our Lord we will see I do wish I could see you and share our love for the Lord and our faith and knowing where he is and who is with I love you Ellen and I’m so so sorry please feel free to contact me my number in County is 949-370-4547 don’t hesitate to call I would love to pray with you my heart goes out to all of you

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