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Raymond H. Burgess
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“Dear Sandy and Family, How sad Jim and I are to hear of Ray's passing. What a great fellow he was. When Dad passed away I received the following...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Jim & Louella Gallin - Orlando, FL

“Sandy,Greg and family,Presley too: We are deeply saddened by your loss and will miss Ray very very much. We will never forget his always smiling...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: The Gauthier's - Holyoke, MA

“Sandra and Family, What wonderful memories I have of you and Ray. Memories of wonderful parties in your beautiful home, your incredible pool, fun...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Judy Breault - Chicopee, MA

“Dear Sandy & children......Dick & Sue, Was so sorry to hear from your son about Ray' passing. I will always remember the summer & pool parties many...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Bourque - Windsor Locks, CT

“So Sorry for your loss.I don't know if you will remember me but you once lived in my folks home at 174 Marion Street in Spfld. MA I remember Richard...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Ronnie Bushey - Oxford, FL

“Mrs. Burgess, RJ, Greg, Jeff & Family, I was saddened to hear about Ray's passing. I hope and pray that each of you, and all those who were...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Traci Gordner - Ludlow, MA

“Our condolences to Sandy and all the Burgess family on Ray's passing. I worked with Ray when he started @ Ultrasonic TV in Aldenville and helped him...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Art & Rita Geoffroy - FL

“Sandy, Greg, Jeff and everyone, I was so stunned to see this! Gosh, I loved him so much. I know that no words will help at this time but I am SO...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Patty Koontz Liardi - New Windsor, NY

“Ray was an amazing, caring, loving man who was always there me. I had the pleasure of working for him for over 6 years. I learned so much from him...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Melissa Hartling - Holyoke, MA

“No matter how bad of a day your having, with Ray's ray of sunshine and his funny personality he could always make me smile. He will sadly be missed....Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Cathy Newsome - Holyoke, MA


South Hadley, Raymond Hall Burgess, 63, of Mountainview St., died peacefully surrounded by many who loved him. Born in Waltham, January 9, 1948, he was the son of Harry and Priscilla (Hall) Burgess, and has lived in S. Hadley for 36 years. "Big Ray", as he was familiarly known, founded Astro Electronics/ Video which began in Aldenville 42 years ago, branching into numerous locations including Holyoke where the home office is currently located. Among the many ways Ray will be remembered is for his generous and positive spirit, his love of all things Elvis, and his all encompassing love and devotion to family. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 36 years, Sandra (Paquette) Burgess, along with his children, R.J. of W. Springfield, Greg Belisle and his wife Rosemarie of W. Springfield, Gretchen Collins and her husband Shane of Westfield, and Jeffrey Belisle and his wife Julianne of Norwell. He also leaves 4 precious grandchildren, Cody and Katilyn Collins, and Benjamin and Isabel Belisle along with his siblings, Richard Burgess and his wife Susan, Nancy Woods, Patricia Lick, and her husband Vic, and David Burgess and his wife Anne, along with several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his mother in law Sylvia Paquette of Chicopee. A service to celebrate the life Ray lived will be Saturday, Feb. 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Beers & Story S. Hadley Funeral Home, 646 Newton St., (Rte 116). Friends may pay respects to the family on Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. The family requests that donations be made in Ray's memory to Sol Amor Hospice , 415 Boston Turnpike Ste. 3, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. For online guest book, please visit www.beersandstory.com.

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