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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
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Peter Ragaisis

Peter Michael Ragaisis

December 27, 1947 - September 5, 2019
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Peter Michael “Mike” Ragaisis, II, 71, of Burlington, beloved husband of Karen (Mueller) Ragaisis, died late last week at his home with family at his side. He was born December 27, 1947 in Bristol and had lived in Burlington for the past 34 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served as a Staff Sargent in the U.S. Air Force. Mike graduated from the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut. Mr. Ragaisis was a materials science research technician for United Technologies Research Center for many years prior to his retirement. He was a Burlington Library Board Member since 1991 and had enjoyed fast cars, reading, investing, fitness, travel, and repairing things.

In addition to his loving wife Karen, he is survived by his two daughters, Kathryn Ragaisis and Michaela Ragaisis; his sister, Mary Alice Smith; his niece, Stephanie Smith; his great niece, Nora Smith; and his best friend Bob Ryan.

There are no calling hours and services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Burlington Library Association (“Friends”), 34 Library Lane, Burlington, CT 06013. Please visit Mike’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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Bob Ryan

Posted at 10:25am
Mike and I were best friends since grammar school. Most of the time we were long distance best friends, After high school we went to different schools, were in different services, and in different careers in different areas of the country. Didn't matter; we were brothers. Mike was at my graduation from the Academy in 1970. He was in uniform and was the first enlisted man to salute me as a new 2nd Lieutenant. Per tradition. that meant I owed him one dollar (traditions were inexpensive back then). When I last saw him, shortly before his passing, he gave me another final salute. I cannot convey how important those two events are to me. I miss my best friend and brother.

HARRIET Zimbouski

Posted at 07:43pm
Thinking of you, Mary Alice.

W J Barry

Posted at 12:20pm
Pete, as I knew him, Mike to his family, and I went all through St. Joseph school and Bristol Central High School together. We shared an interest in cars and he was instrumental in my fascination with sportscars in our early years. We were neighbours all through school too as I lived on High Street less than a block from his home on Goodwin Street. Although we had not been in contact in recent years I still considered him a good friend. The news of his death was unexpected and very upsetting to me as I hadn't been aware that he was ill.

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