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Raymond J. Aubut

Renowned Square Dance Caller for almost 40 years;

Lowell, MA - Raymond J. Aubut, 85, of Dracut & Lowell, MA passed away peacefully on Saturday June 11, 2016 after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. 

He was the beloved husband of Carole (Handley) Aubut and would have celebrated 65 years of marriage on September 16, 2016. They resided in Dracut for over 50 years where they raised their three daughters and also resided in Naples Florida & most recently Lowell, MA.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on May 9, 1931, Ray was the son of the late Edward and the late Alice (McNabb) Aubut. He was a loving son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle & friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. 
Ray was raised in the Centralville section of Lowell and attended Lowell schools.  He owned two service stations on Andover Street & High Street in Lowell for several years. He was also a sales representative for Northeast Petroleum and later a Realtor for Century 21 in Lowell and Carlson Real Estate in Chelmsford.

Ray was very proud of his career as a Square Dance Caller as he and Carole danced and he called & taught square dancing for close to 40 years.  He & Carole became members of the Town Travelers Square Dance Club in 1967, and soon were involved as dance leaders & club president. For many years he called at New England Square and Round Dance conventions.  Ray was a member of the Tri-State Callers Assoc., New England Council of Callers Assoc. (NECCA), CALLERLAB, and the Square Dance Foundation of New England, Inc. He was a chairman and member of the New England Square & Round Dance Cooperation Committee & served on the executive board of the New England Council of Callers Association. He held many offices, including Chairman of NECCA. He called for the Slips N'Clutches, Skirts & Flirts, Calico Steppers, Alpine Squares & in Naples Florida. He was a member of LEGACY (Dancer-Caller-Round Dance Leader Association), was a proud recipient of the Yankee Clipper Award in 1990 and was inducted into the Square Dance Foundation Hall of Fame.

In addition, he and Carole published The New England Square Dance Caller Magazine for 12 years.
Ray also loved bowling with the Alpine Bowling League of Lowell and was an avid card player at their regular Saturday night group. He had been a member of the Longmeadow Golf Club and the Vesper Country Club.

Besides his wife Carole, he is also survived by his three daughters Nancy (Aubut) Lafontaine and her husband Lee Lafontaine of Winter Springs, FL, Betty Aubut of Asheville, NC, Peggy (Aubut/D'Addario) Patenaude Osbaldeston and her husband Joseph Osbaldeston of North Andover; 5 grandchildren Paul Lafontaine and his wife Carrie of Winter Park, FL, Janet (Lafontaine) Plummer and her husband Steven of Oviedo, FL, Stephen D'Addario of Andover, Justin D'Addario of North Andover, and Deven D'Addario of Celebration, FL.  He is also survived by 4 great-grandchildren; Danica, Reid, Alaina and Elin. Also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Viola & Donald Anderson of Dracut, nieces Carole Ann Roberts of Dracut, & Sharon O'Brien of Virginia & nephews Donald W. Anderson, Jr. and his wife Antonette of Salem, NH, and Thomas Aubut of Lowell; great nieces Kaitlyn Roberts, Michael Anderson and Stephanie Anderson.

Ray is pre-deceased by his brother Edward Aubut & his wife Theresa and his sister Isabelle Westover and her husband Herbert.

 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday June 14th. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service Wednesday morning June 15th at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the NECCA Scholarship Fund, John Wedge, 100 Merrimack Ave, Apt #1, Dracut, MA 01826. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.



Condolences (14)
  • Betty Aubut  - Thank you all
    I decided to come and reread messages tonight. So many familiar names from their lives, my past, and family friends. Tomorrow will be 5 months. Hard to believe. Thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes to my mom and my family. We miss him and she continues in this long adjustment period of finding her way in her new life. I know my mom would love to hear from you via phone or at her new email address: Raycar3 (at) comcast (dot) net. He was a good man.
  • Shirley  - Childhood friend
    I am so sorry for your loss. I just heard the sad news and wanted to wish my condolences.
  • Robin Merrill  - Mr. Aubut
    I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Aubuts passing. I spent many a day at your house playing when I was a kid. It was a small town in those days so of course I knew all your relatives including your grandfather! Your dad was a kind and gentle man, I remember him well. Good memories for me. Both my mom and dad have passed as well. Time moves on I guess. Miss them all! Take care and be well.
  • CJ Clark  - My deepest condolences.
    I'm so sorry, I just heard of Ray's passing. My thoughts and love go to you Carol and your daughters.
  • Judy & Sal Lupo  - So sorry to hear about Ray's passing
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
  • Judy & Sal Lupo  - So sorry for your loss
    So sad to hear about Ray's passing. We remember our fun visits to Naples, FL and visiting them. We wish Carole, Peggy and family, Nancy and family and Betty only happy thoughts about their dad. Our prayers are with you all.
  • Deborah Smith  - Sending prayers
    Peggy so sorry for your loss.
  • Dick Severance  - Memories of a New England square dance pioneer
    Judy and I are saddened with the demise of Ray. He always promoted the activity in a positive light. As publisher of the New England Caller magazine he encouraged communication among the callers and dancers. It was my privilege to write a column for those many years. I also recall working with Ray on many projects of the Square Dance Foundation as the organization grew from a dream to a reality of the largest collection available anywhere. Rest in peace.
  • Sharon Nadeau  - Always in our thoughts
    With the passing of Mr Aubut,comes the passing of a little bit more of mine and my siblings childhood. With our parents owning the campground Sandborn Shore Acres, and the Aubuts being one of the first campers,they soon became one of the family. We all grew up together.And now we are saying goodbye.... Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. Aubut,Nancy,Betty and Peggy and all your families
  • Alice Lemoine  - Lifelong friends
    With lifelong friendships comes lots of memories. Ray will always be remembered. Rest in peace.
  • Janet & Rene Simard, Fred'bg.
    Ray, you've lived an exemplary life and will be greatly missed. R.I.P. my good friend. For those left behind to miss him, our prayers and our thoughts are with you.
  • Mal Cameron  - Our thoughts are with you.
    Bernie and I send our heartfelt condolences to Carole and family. Carole, I am glad we had the chance to talk at the SDFNE annual meeting. Ray will be greatly missed.
  • Judie Percival  - Words from the past
    The lives of Great Men,all, remind us that we can live our lives Sublime, but in Departing leave behind is ," Footprints in the Sands of Time". So sorry for your loss.
  • Janice Hart  - So very sorry for your loss.
    I had the pleasure of working with Ray at Century 21 Sager Real Estate. He was always bringing us positive energy and a smiling face daily. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to Carol and his daughters.
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