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Longtime Exeter firefighter remembered as 'all around nice guy'
Veteran firefighter Wayne C. Raymond's casket is carried down the steps of St. Michael Church after his funeral Friday. At right is Newfields Firefighter Lucas Raymond, Wayne Raymond's grandson. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
A fourth generation firefighter, the younger Raymond will also carry on the legacy of his grandfather, who served 50 years as a firefighter in Exeter and another five in Brentwood.
He inspired generations of firefighters, including his grandson, Lucas.
Gary Raymond described his father as a loving family man who had two families: the one at home and the other one at the firehouse.
When he began his career in Exeter, Raymond was responsible for both firefighting and dispatching.
His desk time gave him reading time, his son said, and he became known as the "unofficial proofreader" of the newspaper. He always kept his eye out for spelling errors and other mistakes.
In fact, in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader after he earned a "Firefighter of the Year" award in 2010, Raymond insisted that he had no plans to retire.
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