Raymond J. Dorazio, 73, of West Stockbridge, noted stained glass artist

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By Thursday, Jul 13 Obituaries

Raymond J. Dorazio, 73, of Lenox Road passed away peacefully on July 12 after a valiant battle.

Ray was born on August 21, 1943, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to John and Elizabeth Dorazio. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1968 as a small arms instructor and a member of the Air Force Competition Rifle Team. He was a vital part of the West Stockbridge community where he developed his skills as a stained glass artist in his studios, Vortex and New England Stained Glass. Ray was a member and past master of the Wisdom Masonic Lodge and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed cooking and gardening and was a big supporter of the West Stockbridge Farmers’ Market.

Raymond leaves behind a wife, Kathleen Young; a daughter, Denise Dorazio, of Torrington, Connecticut, a son, David Dorazio, of Glenburn, Maine; and grandchildren Alexander and Abigail Gracer and Joseph Dorazio. He is predeceased by his grandson Samuel Gracer. He is survived by his brothers Richard and wife Janice, Ronald and Shirley, and John and Susan, all of Colebrook, Conn., and his sister Barbara and husband George Vargo of Waterbury, Conn.

Funeral services will be at the West Stockbridge Congregational Church on Monday, July 17, at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Belle Fox-Martin. Burial will follow at the West Stockbridge Village Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington.

Donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the West Stockbridge Fire Department or to the Shriners Hospital for Children through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.

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