Raymond Vincent, 86, died Dec. 29 in Kent after a long illness. He was surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 15, 1926. He was a longterm resident of New Preston and Kent.

Mr. Vincent was known for his devotion to family and friends, his good-natured personality, his love of animals and nature, and his strong connection to the Northwestern Connecticut region.

He began his career as a licensed plumber and steamfitter with his late father, Ernest Vincent, at the New Milford Foundry.

He was a member of the Steamfitters and Plumbers Union, Local 777, for more than 50 years, where he worked on large construction projects in Connecticut and New York City.

He was a former member of the Washington Volunteer Fire Department.

In earlier years, Mr. Vincent could frequently be seen happily on his tractor in New Preston, mowing his lawn and working on his property.

He had many friends and acquaintances in the community over the years.

Mr. Vincent was admired for his quiet strength during the passing of his wife, Ruth, in February 2012 and his recent illness.

Mr. Vincent is survived by his daughters, Kathy Coleman, and her husband, Joseph; Judy Winans, and her husband, Glen; and three grandchildren, Amanda, Ally and Chris.

Family and friends may gather Saturday at noon at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford. A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in Washington.

Memorials may be made to the Washington Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 244, Washington Depot CT 06794.