Raymond C. “Stogie” Duggan Jr.

Date of Passing:

July 1, 2023

Duggan Jr, Raymond C “Stogie”, 64, of Berkley, MA died on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at Rhode Island Hospital after a brief illness surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Lori (Kulpa) Duggan.

Born in La Chapelle St Mesmin, France, the son of Raymond Duggan of Warwick and the late Barbara (Leonard) Duggan. He lived in Riverside for most of his life before moving to Berkley, MA 28 years ago. Ray was a graduate of East Providence High School, RI College and Northeastern University.

Ray had many jobs in the medical industry over the years including Abbey Medical and Glasrock Home Medical, where he met his wife, Lori. He was employed with AKSM/ UMS as a lithotripsy technician in which he operated a mobile kidney stone crushing unit at the time of his death. This job took him to Charlton Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Morton Hospital, South County Hospital, and a few hospitals in Maine. He is most known for his work at both Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River and St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford where he worked for over 25 years as an x-ray technician. When people would ask what he does for work he would say he’s “X-ray Ray”.

Ray loved to be busy, he really enjoyed skiing and hiking and would think nothing of getting up at 4 am to drive to New Hampshire to ski for the day, at least 30 runs, before heading back home that night. He also played softball for many years with the Brewers of East Providence and Double L in Scituate. He also played tennis while at RI College and was captain of the tennis team. He was a big New England sports fan, but especially the Bruins were the team he really enjoyed watching. In the last year he just started to play pickle ball and was excited to start something new.

He was also a lover of music. He enjoyed attending concerts and refused to get rid of his IPOD, on which he was constantly updating with music both old and new. He also enjoyed history his biggest thrill was when he visited Stonehenge 4 years ago with his family. He was so excited to “walk” in the path of history.

Besides his wife of 29 years, he is survived by his son, Ian Duggan and daughter, Madisyn Duggan, both of Berkley, MA. He is also survived by his brother, Steven Duggan of Riverside, RI. His in-laws, Michael Kulpa, of Georgia, Pattey Wright of Colorado, and Richard Kulpa of Florida. HIs nieces and nephews, Vanessa Bellfield, Alexandra Kulpa, Kyle Kulpa, William Duggan, Kyle Duggan, Kelsie Marchetti and Branden Bellfield. As well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend Calling Hours on Thursday July 6, 2023 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME,350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 4-7 p.m. A private burial will be held in Notre Dame Cemetery, Stafford Road, Fall River.

In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made to caringbridge.org.

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  1. Deepest sympathy during this very difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. Sad is all I can say. Kindest man

  3. My deepest sympathies to Ray’s family. I just found out about Rays passing I live out state for the summer. I worked with Ray at Charlton memorial hospital in x-ray. Ray was an outstanding tech and friend. We worked well together as techs, he will be missed by all who knew Ray in and out of the medical field. I always referred to him as old man in jest. I will miss the old man. God bless 🙏

  4. Despite only meeting Ray while he was ill, I noticed that he had a beautiful smile and a twinkle in his eye. Even though he did not feel well, he was always courteous, kind and willing to give things a try. My condolences to Ray’s family and friends.

  5. Dear Ray….I ask myself..daily…what? What did you say? How can that be? Why? Dear God help us; my heart breaks for you Lori, Madisyn and Ian. Daily, I ask myself…how, why? How can this be? But it is not for us to ask.

    The shock for me is that Ray is my children’s generation; that generation is still thriving, working, playing, helping their parents, juggling many balls at one time.

    My connection with Ray was through his dear mother, Barbara, a no-nonsense kind of person. From kids, both of us living in Riverside, at the time; through E P Senior High School; years afterwards, continuous touching base, both of us working in banking for many years. Visiting with her and the boys, in her Riverside Cape Cod home, right next to the ball field! What fun for the boys growing up! Barbara was my life preserver, as a young adult, sharing her home with me and the boys! Ray’s life-long pursuit of helping others, no doubt influenced by his mother’s compassion toward others in need.

    Lori, Madisyn and Ian, you are in my constant thoughts, prayers, daily, bearing this burden with each of you; daily mentally asking help of those who preceded us, to relieve our blinding sadness, lessen our pain, as we continue forward on our path. Will I ever learn to listen to my inner voice?

    Reading all the passionate thoughts of others who knew Ray, loved him, lighting the path for all of us, my hope is that each of you will bear this dark time, with the certain knowledge that Ray is at peace and countinues to urge us forward, to follow his incredible example of living life to the fullest. My sincerest love and thoughts to each of you; daily in my thoughts. ‘Grandma Judy’

  6. We were so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. We worked together at CMH Radiology for many years. Ray was a great guy. He always had a smile on his face and never complained. He had a special way of brightening everyone’s day. We will miss him.

  7. Ray will be missed by all of his friends in Urology and operating room at cmh. He is kind of guy you would want if you were going into battle. He was smart, could fix almost anything and hard worker. He was Ray “McGuyver” to his lithotripsy team. We lost a great guy , but Heaven gained one.

  8. I knew Ray from working with him at Morton hospital and then at Charlton hospitals. I gave anesthesia to our patient while he did the x-rays for lithotripsy. He would always be the single person pushing those huge machines into the operating room. Usually it took two people to transport them but not with Ray around!!! We would compare skiing And hiking adventures and he’d laugh at my Elvis impersonation. We had a great time going to a Peter Wolf concert with Dr. Peter Levesque. I’ve been following his struggles and I’m happy he doesn’t have to suffer anymore. He will surely be in my thoughts when I go skiing later this year. Although I can’t make his memorial service, I will be thinking of his loved ones and extend my condolences

  9. My deepest condolences to the Duggan family. Ray was always a great friend and fun to be around. I never knew anyone who had the mountain maps memorized the way he did. I also know he was a hard worker and dedicated to his family. Ray you will be missed. I hope you are getting some runs in and we will too in your honor. R.I.P.

  10. My deepest condolences for the Family and friends of Ray. I will get out this winter and make tracks in your honor. You will be missed my friend…

  11. Sincere condolences to the Duggan family. Ray was a good friend during our Riverside Jr High and EPHS years. A kind soul who was always up for fun, sports and outdoors—-that was how I remember Ray. And if memory serves me, I was there at the time and during the circumstances when Ray got tagged as “Stogie”. (Lol) Such a fun guy to be around. Every time I hear a song by BTO, the Doobie Bros., or Boston, it reminds me of Ray. God’s grace, peace and rest to you. It took FB, but we were able to connect briefly after all these years. Hope to see you on the other side, buddy.

  12. Very sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. I have known him since Meadowcrest Elementary School. My sincere condolences to his wife, children and all his many friends. Ray was one of the good guys.

  13. Lori, Ian & Madisyn, so sorry for your loss. Stog was a great guy. So many wonderful memories, too many to list here although our evening at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet standing 4 feet in front of Chuck Berry while he played every song we shouted out was probably my favorite. He opened my ears to so much great music, from ZZ Top when we where just kids to REM during our college years. He was truly one of a kind, a wonderful person who will be sorely missed by his family & many, many friends.

  14. Keeping all of you in my heart and thoughts during this extremely difficult time.

  15. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. He was our litho tech at Morton. Any time he was there you knew you’d have a good day. He had great story’s and always met you with a big smile and great conversation. He always had great stories about his adventures. He will be missed by so many.

  16. Lori and family, there are no words. I hope you can all find the support you need during this difficult time. I’ve been following Ray’s story on Caring Bridge and admire your grace and humor. Although I wasn’t lucky enough to have met him, he was obviously a fantastic husband and father. The loss is profound. Sending lots of love

  17. Our deepest condolences to Lori, Ian, and Madisyn as we are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing.

    He was a constant fixture at the WICed Ski and Snowboard trip every year and his attendance was always something we looked forward to. He was the “old man” who could out ski everyone regardless of how much fun we had the night before! We’ll miss his funny sense of humor and engaging laugh.

    Here’s hoping he’s enjoying nothing but fresh powder runs!

  18. My sympathies to the Duggan family. Ray will be missed very much by his Morton Hospital family. He was a one of a kind person. Rest in peace Ray.

  19. I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Ray at Charlton for many, many years. He was great to work with. He made work fun. We always had a funny “Jerry/Newman” banter going back and forth. He will always be in my memory. This is truly a huge loss to all. My love and peace to Lori and family.

  20. Ray is the quintessential iconoclast, and a genuine renaissance man! Whether providing love and support to his wife and children, saving people’s lives professionally (as he used to remind us!), supporting his mother throughout her life, cheering on his beloved Bruins, or hiking Mittersill in the middle of a long ski day, Ray approached every moment with unrelenting passion and a smile you couldn’t help return. His work ethic was only matched by his search for new adventures and good time! Stoges’ physical presence is already missed, but his memory, kindness, and zest for life will endure for anyone fortunate enough to have called him a friend. Love and condolences to all the Duggans….

  21. You will be missed my brother from another mother. We would often be confused as the same person and it was such fun to play with Ray’s neighbors growing up. He always had a laugh and I can honestly say I never saw him angry. May your beer glass be always half full not half empty Ray. The first one inside the pearly gates is on me my friend.

  22. I’m sorry for your loss. May God help you and your family find comfort during these difficult times.

  23. Stogie we had so many good times together. The wreck, Pera’s van, and the Village. Way to many to list. Although you did get the nickname, the dancing 🕺 man at my Wedding. Ray didn’t have any dress shoes so I let him borrow mine and he danced all night! Till we meet again my friend. To Rays family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was a bright light in a dark room and will be greatly missed ❤️🙏😢

  24. So sad to hear of Ray’s passing. So very sorry to his friends and family on their loss. I worked with Ray at Charlton for several years. He always had a smile on his face and was just a great guy all around. He will be missed by many.

  25. My condolences to your family. What a great guy and pleasure to work with.

  26. My condolences to the family and friends of Ray. His sense of humor was great, even back at Riverside Junior High School where I met him.

  27. Lori, Madisyn and Ian I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ray. Although, I did not know him well. I have known Lori since the Vanguard days, which I am sure that I have met him there at one of the events there. I can only imagine the love that the two of you had for each other and the great times you have all had together. May these beautiful memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. Remember to share your memories, laugh and love each other because he wouldn’t want it any other way. Rest in peace Ray.

  28. Very sorry to hear about the loss of Ray. I grew up in Riverside and knew Ray through his brother Steve. He was always a very nice guy would stop and chat and was always friendly, he was just a good person. May he rest in peace. May his family find peace and strength with each other. Again, my condolences.

  29. Though I didn’t know Ray, I am heartbroken for you because of your loss. Through posts and messages, I could tell how much you love him. May you all rest with comfort knowing that he is in peace.

  30. Stoge lit up every room he entered. He was always curious, thoughtful and infinitely entertaining, whether it was history or sports or anything in between. And his dedication to friends and family was unmatched. The world is going to feel a lot emptier without his insightful commentary (on just about anything!) and his warm easy laugh. Sending all my love and best wishes.

  31. So very sorry for the loss of Ray at such a young age. He will be missed by all who knew him but especially by Lori, Ian and Madisyn.

  32. We are so sorry for your loss . Ray was such a nice and kindhearted guy. Loved chatting with him when he would come to CMH !!! He will be missed . ❤️🙏

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