Raymond DeTerra, 80

May 20, 2019

Raymond DeTerra of Rochester passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 18 at the age of 80 years old. He was the husband of the late Barbara E. (Talbot) DeTerra. 

Born and raised in Acushnet, the son of the late Frank and Alice (Riendeau) DeTerra, he lived in Rochester for most of his life. 

Ray worked as a machinist at Morse Cutting Tools, Borg Warner, and A&M Tools for over 30 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1961. 

A true farmer at heart, Ray took much pride in caring for his property. He loved working outside, tending to his vegetable garden and watching the birds from front window. Ray also enjoyed sharing stories with his friends at the local coffeeshops and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his son Raymond F. DeTerra, his wife Jennifer and their son Matthew DeTerra of Rochester; his sister Alice Bourgeois and her husband Roger of Lakeville; his stepdaughter Cynthia Eugenio of Leesburg, Florida; his step-granddaughter Amanda Couturier of New Bedford; his step-grandson, Adam Cobb of New York City; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Frank DeTerra, Jr. 

Ray was so very proud of his grandson Matthew for participating in the Kids Pan Mass Challenge, which helps the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The family has designated the Dana Farber Kids Pan Mass Challenge for memorial contributions. Donations may be made on Matthew DeTerra’s page at https://profile.kids.pmc.org/cranberrycountry/DM0354. or mailed to PMC Kids Rides, 77 4th Ave, Needham, MA 02494. Checks can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge or PMC. Please add Matthew DeTerra's name on the check so he can receive credit. 

His funeral service will be held on Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in White Cemetery, East Freetown. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, May 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.