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TOWNSEND — Raymond P. Bolden 84, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell.

Mr. Bolden was born in Hinsdale, N.H., on Aug. 10, 1922, a son of Peter and Mary (Nabor) Bolden and has resided in Townsend for over 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Laurette S. (Corbin) Bolden; a son, Julian P. Bolden of Salem, N.Y.; two daughters, Elaine L. Doak of Ellington, Conn., and Lauray E. Russell of Townsend; and a brother, Anthony Bolden of Winchester, N.H. He also leaves nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was the father of the late Kenneth Bolden, who died in 1972, and the brother of the late Alex Bolden, Julian Bolden, Mike Bolden, Olga Bolden and Stella Gogail.

Mr. Bolden worked 28 years as the town of Townsend highway superintendent, retiring in 1985. Following his retirement from the Highway Department he worked four years as the superintendent of the Townsend Cemeteries and Parks.

He was a communicant of St. John’s Church in Townsend and was a member of the South Fitchburg Sportsman’s Club. He also served as an auxiliary officer for the Townsend Police Department and had been a member of the Massachusetts Police Association.

A memorial Mass was celebrated on Saturday, July 7, at St. John’s Church in Townsend, followed by burial in the Hillside Cemetery, Townsend. There were no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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