Today’s Obituaries: Beloved Haverhill Teacher Jean (Andrewartha) Ray Dies at 70

Jean (Andrewartha) Ray, 70, a cherished mother, devoted friend, esteemed educator and a pillar of the Haverhill community, passed away peacefully at her home in Bradford on Thursday, Nov. 30. Jean was born on Sept. 26, 1953 to the late Alfred J. Andrewartha and Alberta Andrewartha in Haverhill. Born and raised in Bradford, Jean was a proud graduate of Haverhill High School class of 1971 and went on to study at Emmanuel College where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French in 1975 and in 1976, earned a master’s degree from an exchange program at the University of Valencia in Spain.

Judith E. Kimball, Who Oversaw Kimball Farm’s Transition, Dies at 86

Judith E. (Battis) Kimball, who helped transition Haverhill’s Kimball Farm from milking cows to raising Polled Hereford cattle and llamas, died last Friday at age 86. Kimball of Milton, N.H., a former longtime resident of Haverhill, passed peacefully at her home after a period of declining health. She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard H. Kimball, who passed on June 17, 1997. Born in Amesbury on Sept. 27, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John E. and Sarah L. (Carpenter) Battis and graduated from Amesbury High School and Fisher Junior College.

Antonio P. ‘Tony’ Colleto, 29-Year Veteran of Haverhill Police Dept., Dies at 90

Former Haverhill Police Officer Antonio P. “Tony” Colleto, 90, a lifelong resident of the City of Haverhill and longtime resident of the Ward Hill section of the city, died peacefully on Friday evening, Oct. 13, with his wife and family members by his side. Son of the late Antonio and Evangeline (Fisette) Colleto, Colleto was educated in the Haverhill school system and was a member of the Haverhill Trade School class of 1951. He later received his degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and his master’s degree in law enforcement. A self-employed carpenter for many years, he served the City of Haverhill as a member of the Haverhill Police Department for 29 years until his retirement.

Family of Drowning Victim Simard, Formerly of Haverhill, Begin Online Fundraiser for His Children

The family of a 44-year-old Methuen man, who drowned Wednesday while trying to save a child, has launched an online fundraiser to help pay for arrangements and meet the needs of his four children. Gary M. Simard, formerly of Haverhill, was identified Thursday as the drowning victim, but his child was successfully rescued from a rip current at Salisbury Beach. “Gary lived his whole life for his family, his partner Alexis and their four children Gary, 13, Matthew, 11, Olivia, 8, and AJ, 6. Gary’s children all survived but sadly Gary did not. Gary truly was a hero who not only dedicated his life to his children but literally gave his life for them,” organizers wrote.

Today’s Obituaries: Albert ‘Al’ Corneau Jr., 71, Retired from General Electric

Albert “Al” Corneau Jr., of Haverhill, and Fort Myers Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully surrounded by love on Sept. 11, at High Pointe House in Haverhill at age 71. Al leaves behind his cherished wife, Linda, and their devoted daughter, Allison. He will be terribly missed by his older brothers Dave and Kenny, along with their wives Arleen and Pat. He also leaves behind caring brothers-in-law Edward (Denny) O’Brien and Joe O’Brien and his companion Pam.