2007-06-20 / Obituaries

Bro. Raymond Saville, S.A.

Bro. Raymond Saville, S.A, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, died suddenly on Friday, June 8, at Graymoor, Garrison. He was 84 years old.

Born in Troy, New York on May 22, 1923, Bro. Raymond graduated from St. Mary Elementary School and LaSalle Institute High School in Troy. He entered the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in 1940, professed his first vows in 1943 and his perpetual vows in 1946.

After professing his first vows in 1943, Bro. Raymond spent 6 years at Graymoor working in administrative duties. In 1949, he volunteered to work overseas and was assigned to Japan, where the friars had recently set up a mission. While in Japan, he taught English and Religion and was Director of Music.

In 1967, he returned to Graymoor and was appointed Secretary General for the Friars of the Atonement. In 1973, he was elected to the General Council of the Friars of the Atonement and served as a General Councilor until 1985, when he again became Secretary General.

From 1986 to 1993 he worked in the Friars Formation Program, first as Assistant Novice Director, then as Novice Director. In 1993 he became Secretary General again until 1999, when he received permission to retire.

Bro. Raymond was the child of the late George and Mary Murphy-Saville. His brother, George, predeceased him. He is survived by his cousins, Doris Snyder of Troy, NY and Edward Yates of West Chester, PA, as well as his niece, Diane Danahy of Queensbury, NY.

A wake service was held in the Little Flower Chapel, Graymoor, on June 12. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, June 13 in the Little Flower Chapel at Graymoor. Interment followed at the friars' cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home of Peekskill, New York.

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