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Raymond Assaiante, 53, of Woonsocket, passed away on his fifty-third birthday with his loving and devoted family by his side in Pascoag. Born in Rhode Island on October 1, 1968, he was the son of Linda Buteau and Anthony Assaiante Sr.. He was a loving brother to Anthony, Steven and Sherry Assaiante.
A child of the seventies, Raymond was enveloped by the musical movement; he was blessed to watch genres like Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hard Rock, Soft Rock and Disco grow and evolve into timeless pieces of American culture. It was here in time that he began to develop his own affinity for music that led him through his life in Rock and Roll. He was a proud musician who began his career writing songs that were simple in melody and performing covers of iconic songs like "Hey Jude" by the Beatles; he quickly developed into writing his own music and found himself in possession of a beautiful Les Paul. This guitar became a point of pride and he worked tirelessly to feel like he deserved the honor of playing on such a beautiful piece of music history; a guitar played on by the best in the industry: Gibson Les Paul, Slash, Jimmy Page and Billy Gibbons, to name a few. Raymond also enjoyed fiddling around on his keyboard while writing his music to keep himself on key and on time.
Raymond met Louise and together they found themselves expecting a son, Zachary, as a family they traveled to Denmark in 1994 and that is where Raymond stayed for Zachary's first year of his life, eventually Raymond had to return to the United States and tried to travel as often as he could to be with his son; unfortunately though, like with many fathers, it was never as much as he would've liked, but he always made sure to tell his young son how much he was loved and cared for and that he was not only safer in Denmark but had better opportunities for growth, his love for his son pushed him to write more music in the hopes of finally being in Denmark with him full-time.
Raymond was always described as being an incredibly laid back type of person, he found peace in the parts of life that normally are seen as chaos, he was happy to know that until he took his final breath there was hope of things always getting better and being a better man. He was raised Catholic but decidedly turned inward to worship Him; knowing that God's presence was not just in church but in everything around him, from the warm summer breeze to the notes that left his instrument; he was confident in his place with God and did not rely on tithe and sermons. Raymond was a painter by trade and was talented thanks to his steady hands and creative disposition, he employed himself for years earning quite a reputation in this field.
Raymond is survived by many friends but most important to him was his family; his mother Linda Buteau; his brothers Steven Assaiante of Pascoag, Anthony "Mick" Assaiante Jr. of Danielson, CT; his sister and her husband Sherry and Brad Perry of Pascoag; as well as his loving son, Zachary Assaiante of Denmark.