Robert A. “Bobby” Raymond, Sr., of 25 Lamoureux Blvd, North Smithfield, Rhode Island, 02896, passed away on May 8,2022 at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida, from septic shock at the age of 74. He was the husband of Kathy A. (Tancrell) Raymond. They shared 48 years of marriage together.
Born in Woonsocket Rhode Island, he was the son of Alfred N. Raymond and Rita L. (Theroux) Raymond. He attended Woonsocket High School and Johnson & Wales University. He also attended Oklahoma Ferrier’s College and was a blacksmith for several years. Bob became an assistant starter at the New England race tracks then a Thoroughbred horse trainer. He began training in 1979 at Suffolk Downs in Boston. He also trained at Tampa Bay Downs, Lincoln Downs, Narragansett Park, Finger Lakes, Rockingham Park, and Delaware Park. Bobby trained 1294 winners in his 43-year career and finished the 2021-2022 Tampa Bay Downs meet in a tie for eighth place in the trainer standings with 17 victories. He was honored in March as the track’s Salt Rock Tavern Trainer of the Month. Raymond was quick to deflect the credit for his accomplishments from himself to his employees.
Bob’s heart was so big, he was a generous and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He hardly ever took a minute for himself and never had a problem helping people. He had a great love for the animals and especially all the people he was involved with. His friends were for life and he always made everyone laugh. Bob was a great story teller and will be sorely missed by many. He touched so many people and the outpouring of love and affection since his passing has been unbelievable.
Bob was devoted to the church and always described himself as a Roaming (Roman) Catholic as he attended churches in whatever city/state he happened to be in. He faithfully watched services on the television or phone during COVID restrictions.
He is survived by his spouse, Kathy, his son Robert A. Raymond II, grandchildren Robert A. Raymond III, Haley D. Raymond, and Ethan J. Burt. He also leaves his brothers, Alfred Raymond & fiancé Christine Chevrette, and Paul Raymond & long-time partner Lynda Labbadia, daughter-in-law Stacie Fortier, nephew Nicholas Raymond, nieces Jennifer Brien, Tara Raymond, and Kaitlyn Decker, sister-in-law Gail Beland, and former daughter-in-law Jordan Burt. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred N. Raymond and Rita L. (Theroux) Raymond.
The memorial service will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 1:30 at the Espiritu Santo Catholic Church located at 2405 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, Florida 34695. You can also live stream memorial service at: https://vimeo.com/event/2108146
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