Newbury, MA — Raymond Sunman Poor, 107, longtime and also oldest resident of Newbury, died peacefully Friday morning, June 6, 2014, at Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, formerly Brigham Manor Nursing Home, Newburyport. He was the devoted husband of the late Lorel C. (Childers) Poor, who died January 18, 2009.
Born in Newburyport on February 19, 1907, he was the son of the late Henry G. and Esther H. (Sunman) Poor. He was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1925, and went on to graduate from MIT in Cambridge in 1931. During World War II, Raymond served with the Army Corps of Engineering from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Mr. Poor was a civil engineer and had worked in Washington, D.C., for the United States government for many years, returning to settle in his beloved Newbury and residing in his home on High Road, until entering the nursing home just five weeks ago. He was a lifelong member of the Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury.
Not having had any children of his own, he was especially close with his cousins, Richard and Sheila Sunman and their children, Ricky, Marcia and David Sunman; and his nephew, Henry Poor. He enjoyed playing challenging games of chess with Ricky, taught Marcia to play chess, loved chatting with David about fishing and boating, and always looked forward to his many visits from Henry. Without the assistance and care of Richard and Sheila Sunman, Ray would not have been able to remain in his home as long as he did. He was forever grateful for the many kindnesses they extended to him.
ARRANGEMENTS: At Raymond’s request, there will be no services and burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Newburyport, will be private. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.