Raymond A. Laird of Mercer, formerly of South Darby Road, Hermitage, passed away peacefully at 8:30 a.m. Thursday (4-10-14) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System, after an extended illness. He was 83.
Mr. Laird was born in Hermitage on March 12, 1931, a son of the late Leonard and Verna Cameron Laird.
He attended Hickory schools growing up.
He married the former Harriet Alice Hollibaugh on May 21, 1949. She died June 1, 2013.
He was a member of New Virginia Methodist Church in Hermitage.
Raymond was a custodian at First Presbyterian Church of Sharon for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He had also worked at the former Al Bobby House Movers in Farrell.
He was a member of the New Virginia 70 Club.
Raymond loved woodworking, along with watching and listening to his family perform music.
Raymond is survived by: his two daughters, Sharyn Tompkins and her husband, Arthur, and Kathryn Borsa and her husband, Michael, and two sons, Rodger Laird and his wife, Candy, and Randolph “Randy” Laird and his wife, Brenda, all Hermitage; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Also surviving are: a sister, Florence “Terry” Scopack and her husband, John, of Mercer; and three brothers, Richard Laird of Mercer; David Laird and his wife, Joan, of Sharon; and Walter “Wally” Laird and his wife, Ruth, of Brookfield.
Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Brent Tompkins; a sister, Norma Jean Mayerchak; and two brothers, Leonard Laird and Russell Laird Sr.
Donations in his memory may be made to New Virginia United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Raymond A., 83, of Mercer, formerly of South Darby Road, Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 p.m. to time of service Saturday (4-12-14) in HAROLD W. STEVENSON FUNERAL HOME, 264 E. State St., Sharon. Condolences to the family may be expressed by visiting stevensonfuneralhome.net
Funeral: 6 p.m. Saturday (4-12-14) in the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Gosnick, pastor of New Virginia United Methodist Church, Hermitage, officiating.
Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.