GLASTONBURY – Raymond A. “Deacon Ray” Parenteau, 82, of Glastonbury, husband for more than 53 years of Jerrilyn “Lynn” (Hathaway) Parenteau, entered into eternal life on July 19, 2016.
He was born in Woonsocket, R.I., on July 16, 1934, a son of the late Phillippe and Virginie (Lambert) Parenteau. He had resided in Manchester and Marlborough for more than 30 years before moving to Glastonbury 15 years ago.
Deacon Parenteau served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Manchester Community College and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell. Prior to his retirement, he was a senior audit reimbursement analyst for the Aetna Insurance Co.
He was ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 27, 1980, and served as a deacon in the Hartford Archdiocese. He served at St. John Fisher Parish in Marlborough for 20 years and at Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Sacrament in East Hartford for the past 16 years. At all three, he was the director of confirmation and started many prayer groups.
Besides his wife, Deacon Parenteau is survived by a brother, Joseph Roger Parenteau of Woonsocket; a nephew; a niece; and two grandnephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Phillippe and Rene Gaston Parenteau.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 27 at Our Lady of Peace Church. Burial with military honors followed at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. Contributions in Deacon Parenteau’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.