WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport residents are mourning the death Thursday of Allen H. Raymond, a well-known and popular government official and benefactor to the Westport Weston Family Y. Raymond, known as Mr. Westport, was 91.
“With the passing of Allen Raymond, Westport has lost an exceptional member of our community,’’ First Selectman Jim Marpe said in a statement. “A vibrant, intelligent, giant of a man, Allen was a close, personal friend of mine but more importantly, Allen was Mr. Westport. His name will always be remembered alongside the great contributors to our town.”
Raymond had many political and community affiliations in Westport. His past roles included chairman of the Board of Education, and member of the Republican Town Committee, Earthplace and Norwalk Symphony. He had been the official town historian for the past 10 years, and also served on the Westport Library, Westport Historical Society, and was the longtime president of the Compo Cove Park Association. He was also instrumental in the town’s purchase of Longshore Park.
Raymond also supported the Westport Weston Family YMCA. In 2012, he gave $500,000 to the Y to support the construction of a new facility. In a ceremony last November, The Y hosted a road dedication to honor Raymond. Construction of a new facility is expected to be completed by late summer at the Y’s 32-acre Mahackeno campus, the longtime home of its summer camp.
“I feel blessed to have known such a pioneer and to count him as a friend and mentor,’’ Marpe said. “The Town of Westport has been blessed to have had Allen Raymond as one of its leading citizens.”
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