Raymond Douglas Champaigne
|Posted 2019-07-10 by mhenderson|
|Published in Today's News-Herald on July 10, 2019 -|
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -
Raymond "Ray" or "Murph" Douglas Champaigne, 84, lost his battle with
cancer on July 4, 2019 at Prestige Assisted Living Facility in Lake
Raymond Douglas Champaigne was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Nov.
19, 1934. He attended Norwalk High School in Norwalk. He served in the
United States Navy from 1954 through 1957. After his discharge, Ray
attended college, majoring in education, and went on to graduate from
Central Connecticut State College. He went onto complete two master's
degrees in education, and completed a Sixth Year Degree in Fine Arts.
He taught drafting and machine shop at Bunnell High School in
Stratford, Connecticut, from 1963 through his retirement in 1992. Ray
was very popular with his students and served as an inspiration to
many of them.
Ray married Sara Jane Fillow, also of Norwalk, in June of 1962.
Together they had three children. In June of 1977, Ray married
Kathleen "Kay" Ashton Prophet, also of Norwalk. Ray and Kay moved to
Lake Havasu City in July of 1996. Ray was an active and artistic man.
He enjoyed painting; in particular, painting pictures of people's pets
for them. He was particularly proud of completing a black belt in
karate at the age of 64. Ray was known for always having a joke or two
to tell at any moment.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen in January 2018.
Ray is survived by three brothers, David, Danny, and Warren, and one
half-brother, John. He is also survived by his children, Douglas, of
Lake Havasu City, Glen of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Michele Librandi,
of Stamford, Connecticut, and by five grandchildren and two great-
A memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. It will be
held at the Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Havasu (
Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. Thoughts
and condolences can be sent to the family at www.lietz-
frazefuneralhome.com. To send a free card to the family, go to
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