Mark Raynor (1954-2012)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mark Raynor (1954-2012)

Mark Raynor (08/29/1954-09/11/2012

One of the authentic "Sons of West­hampton Beach" lost his 21-month battle with cancer this morning when former Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor passed away at his home on Bridle Path.

In addition to his position within Village Government, Mark also served as Fire Chief... as a Raynor such was preor­dained... with the West­hampton Beach Fire Department.

This has been an especially tough day for his widow Terry... her mother, Maureen Smith, died hours earlier at Stony Brook Medical Center.

Funeral Arrangements for both under the auspices of Follett-Werner are underway.


Visiting hours for Mark will be Saturday, September 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a funeral Mass on Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 pm, at Immaculate Con­ception on Quiogue followed by interment at Westhamp­ton Cemetery.


1. Linesider36 said...

Dean, it's true "Only the good die young." Mark was a good husband, a good friend and a great father. He will be missed. R.I.P.

Aye that in all respects... you neglected to mention he was also one of the saner of all the Raynors. A very level-headed guy.

2. Old Part-timer said...

Mark was a great man. He was a unbelievable Husband, father, leader, friend. I will always remember you Markie. May he rest in peace.

3. Jackie Bennett said...

Our deepest condolences to Terry. What a tragedy to lose both her mother and her husband all at once. It boggles the mind. She and her family are in our hearts and our prayers.

4. Donna said...

What a terible comment about the rest of the Raynor clan who are so upset at the loss of their brother, uncle. Heartless.

With exception, so noted.

5. Chris Raynor said...

If ever there was a pompous ass, Dean you just proved that you are one of the biggest.

With exception, so noted.

6. The Quiogue Kid said...

The Raynors long history in and around Westhampton Beach is well-chronicled. Mark was a great guy but his obituary is certainly no place to generalize on sanity of a clan. Very low blow. Condolences to all the Raynors for the loss. Terry, you are in our prayers at this trying time.

So noted.

7. MJR said...

Mr. Speir, with all due respect, which it seems you yourself are lacking, it's quite appalling that you have shown such disrespect to a family during a time of such loss. To boot, your only reply to those who called you out on your remarks is," so noted." Not an apology or condolence? Please go ahead and note this comment too, Mr. Speir. Because what you'll be noting is the lack of your character and lack of compassion for others.

With exception, so noted.

For the record, Mark was a good friend of long-standing, and respects and condolences were offered directly to the widow within hours of Mark's passing. "Family dynamics" are a tricky matter and the consensus is that I should not have made any reference to something which does not directly affect me.

I've made errors in judgement before, and will doubtless do so again... one of them, however, will not be hypocrisy.

8. MJR said...

Mr. Spier{sic}, your exception, insinuating that I am a hypocrite, is based purely on your assumptions. I did not state that I was a perfect character myself. And if you would like to argue that I am a hypocrite, I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that I am a Raynor... therefore in your eyes, I must also be a hard headed hypocrite! Alas, you're right! I know that's how you want this discussion to end. Make all of the assumptions you want, but one thing you must not know about us Raynors is that most of us stick up for one another, do what is morally right and will readily stand up for what we believe in.

Joke's on you!

On the contrary, I stated that I, me, Dean Speir, am not a hypocrite, and implied nothing more than that. If you inferred more, that's on you.

To clarify, my use of the term "exception noted" means only that I acknowlege your disagreement.

And, no, I did not know that "most [Raynors] stick up for one another" since my personal observation was the basis of my sur-comment.

9. Jeanne Speir said...

To Terry and family: Dean had enormous respect and admiration for Mark, and Mark's sudden and shocking death is a palpable loss for his family and the community at large. He was a giant among mortals, Please accept our deepest condolences.

10. Donna said...

It's a shame that your wife had to come to your rescue. Due to your insensitive comment about the Raynor family at a time of such great loss and sorrow.

My wife did not have to come to my rescue at all... she just reads a bit better than some who've made critical comments.

But while we're at it, is it also "a shame" that you and others chose to read something in the most negative certain light?

11. MJR said...

Mr. Speir, it's amazing how quickly you lost sight of your insult to the Raynor family which has spurred these negative replies. How else do you expect anyone to interpret the fact you stated, "...he was also one of the saner of all the Raynors. A very level-headed guy." As a Raynor, I certainly take offense to you slandering the rest of our family, especially during a difficult time.

For you to say Donna "...chose to read something in the most negative certain light" is a cowardly tactic to shift the focus away from your negative comments and instead place blame on other individuals who have commented here in defense of their family, after being insulted by you. Be a man, accept the criticism and own up to your words.

You need to figure somethings out, Marvin... I wrote what I wrote, and I stand by my words, criticism et al. I have from the start, and you've taken umbrage that I've acknowledged each critical comment.

So be it.

12. Crabby said...

Cowardly? If Speir was cowardly he would have simply ignored your complaints. But he doesn't!

Speir's OtBB is brilliant – that's why we click on and read it.

I think you guys need to spend your excess energy advancing the Lustgarten Foundation and honor Mark's memory. You'll feel better, and maybe you'll do some good, too.

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