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Keith Arthur Raye Jr.

December 1, 1962 — October 3, 2023

Manchester, NH

Keith Arthur Raye Jr. of Manchester, NH, passed away on October 3rd, 2023 after a lenghy illness. He was born on December 1st, 1962 to Keith Raye Sr. and the late Marie Raye (Mancuso) in Saugus, MA.

Keith was the loving husband of John Despres. They met in Lynn, MA on March 3rd, 1995 and married on March 4th, 2010 in londonderry, NH.

Keith attended LVTI and left to care for his sick mother and his siblings. Upon his mother's passing in 1982, Keith continued raising his brother & sister until he knew they could be okay on their own. He then decided to pursue a career as a customer service manager and began his career as as an assistant store manager at TJ MAXX in Rowley, MA. Most recently Keith worked at what he described as his dream job, the evening operations manager for Hannafords Supermarket in Manchester, NH.

Keith loved watching movies (vampire movies were his favorite), going to Bingo with his sister, trips to Foxwoods with his spouse, and playing with his dog Riker, whom he loved more than words can describe.

Keith leaves behind his husband John Despres; brother John Raye and his wife Leslie; sister Sheila Conroy and her husband Michael; step-children Jeremy Despres and his wife Emily, Danielle Blanchard and her husband Bruce; Nicholas Moulton and his wife Lauren, and David Harding. He also leaves behind 6 step-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A celebration of Keith's life will be held in the near future.

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