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1240 Mountain Road
West Suffield, CT 06093-0309
Phone: 860-668-0255
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Raymond Tanguay

Raymond H. Tanguay

Saturday, July 9th, 1927 - Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Raymond H. Tanguay, husband of the late Barbara Miron Tanguay, passed away February 11th at the age of 91. Ray graduated from Enfield High School, where he split his time at football games playing the position of Offensive End, and clarinet at half time.

After serving in the US Navy, Ray graduated from the Harrt School of Music where he was president of the senior class (Barbara, his future wife of 64 years was vice president), and was an accomplished clarinetist/saxophonist. Ray began a passionate 30 year career as Director of Music in Suffield where he had award winning bands and the top three clarinetists in the CT All State Festival.

For many years he was the Assistant Director of Laurel Music Camp and was affectionately known as “Uncle Ray”. Above all else, Mr. Tanguay taught his students the importance of phrasing, counting rhythms, and being nice to each other. At 91, he decided to take an ‘early retirement’ from the instrument repair business. Ray enjoyed traveling in his RV and time spent with friends in the Florida Keys.

He leaves a daughter Celeste and husband Lew, a son Lee and wife Lori and four grandchildren, Christine, Stephen, Kyle and his fiancé Mary Kate, and Logan; a sister Carol Richards and sister in law Phyllis Tanguay both of Enfield, and 13 special nieces and nephews. Ray will be remembered for his music, his warmth and his laughter.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Suffield Public Schools Raymond Tanguay Scholarship Fund, and mailed to 350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06093.

Heritage Funeral home will be in charge of the arrangements. The service will be private, per Ray’s wishes. Online condolences please visit:
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    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Suffield Public Schools Raymond Tanguay Scholarship Fund, and mailed to 350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06093. Heritage Funeral home will be in charge of the arrangements. The service will be private, per Ray’s wishes. Online condolences please visit:


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Beth Fuller DiGiuseppe

Posted at 01:01pm
I was fortunate to be one of Mr. Tanguay’s students in the 60’s and will be forever grateful for all he taught me. He instilled in me a love and appreciation for all types of music that I still carry with me today! I have passed this onto my own children and my 6 grandchildren. He will be missed. Beth Fuller DiGiuseppe

Val (Monty) Gauthier

Posted at 03:02pm
A great man and teacher. A life well lived who touched so many lives! His accomplishments and love for music will always keep him alive in the hearts and minds of so many🎼🎼

Ray Tiezzi

Posted at 10:17am
Ray was one of those special people you meet and never forget. A skilled, loved teacher with a special love of music that he unendingly brought to others. His personality was infectious and he was loved by everyone! I was so lucky to have known and worked with Ray fo nine years in Suffield.....RIP my good friend!!!


Posted at 09:34am
Please accept my condolences for the passing of Raymond. There is hope though, as the Almighty has arranged for the resurrection in the future. He promises, "... There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." (Acts 24:15)

I hope you find these few words comforting and provide motivation to prepare for the new world of God's making. (John 17:3)

Beverly Brackett

Posted at 03:50pm
Mr. Tanguay fostered passion and a love for music in my 3 children. He was a wonderful person and a great role model. My deepest sympathy to Celeste & Lee and their children.

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