Raymond Francis Sr. “Voo”
Riverside – Raymond Francis Sr., 86, died peacefully at home January 21, 2021,
surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 19, 1934, in Bristol Rhode Island,
the son of Anthony V. and his beloved mother Deolinda (Oliver) Francis.
Raymond served with the United States Army 86th regiment 10th Mountain Division in
Germany in the motorpool. He signed up with his best friend Anthony “Catfish” Castigliego, of
whom he has remained close to ever since. Shortly before signing up for the army he married
the love of his life, his sweetheart, Beverly Shaw, and they settled in Riverside. They
celebrated 65 years of marriage last October 30th 2020.
Raymond had many roles, working nonstop all his life. Some of these jobs included, helping to
raise his siblings at a young age after the passing of his mother, professional
painter/wallpapering and his proudest employment role was his years working for his son at
his company Summit Office Systems out of Rumford, RI.
Raymond was a devout Catholic, a member of St. Brendans Parrish in Riverside, RI.
Raymond always looked forward to his family vacations. From weekends at Cape Cod, to
taking his motorhome to Florida every year to share his love of Walt Disney World with his
ever growing family.
He was the BEST father, known by many, loved by all. Voo was a true family man.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Anthony Francis Jr. “Sonny”
Joseph Francis Sr. “Buddy” and a sister, Rosemarie Nelson.
Surviving siblings; Cecelia Thompkins, and John Paul Francis.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Beverly (Shaw) Francis, are his sons, Raymond Francis Jr. and
his wife Donna, of Riverside; Robert Francis and his wife Deb, of Riverside; and his daughter
Robin Camara, and her husband Tony, of Rehoboth, Ma; his 8 grandchildren Naomi
Quadros, Joshua Francis, Jeremiah Francis, Robert Francis Jr, Heather Santos, Jennifer Camara-
Grzebien, Tiffany Camara, and Anthony Raymond Camara; as well as 17 great grandchildren of
whom he loved dearly. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends.
Donations in lieu of flowers to: The Wounded Warrior Project.