TOWNSEND — Raymond J. Amiro, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008 at the Apple Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Ayer after a lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Ethel L. (Estes) Amiro, who died in August 2005.

Mr. Amiro was born in Wakefield on July 22, 1913, a son of Louis F. and Mary (Bourque) Amiro and has resided in Townsend for over 70 years.

He was a 1931 graduate of Wakefield High School. He continued his education at Salem State Teachers’ College where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1936. He later received his master’s degree in teaching from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

He is survived by his son, John Amiro, of Sturbridge; two granddaughters, Michelle Amiro, of Arlington, and Jacqueline Egan, of Brookfield; and two great-grandchildren, Jay Egan and Lilly Egan.

Prior to his retirement in 1977, Mr. Amiro worked for the American Red Cross for 41 years. At the time of his retirement he was the administrator of health and safety for the Boston chapter. Prior to that he spent many years as a field representative for the American Red Cross, serving Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire teaching first aid and water safety. During the late 1930s and early 1940s he taught at the Townsend High School.

Mr. Amiro was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Church, in Townsend, where he served as a lector and altar server.

For many years, Mr. Amiro ran the 10-day aquatic school for the American Red Cross at Camp Tevya in Brookline, N.H.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 1 School Street, Townsend. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery.

Calling hours are 4-6 p.m. on Thursday at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main St. (Route 119), Townsend Center. Please see for additional information.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 1 School Street, Townsend, MA 01469.